This is the first module in the VIRTUAL not Distant ® course, on leading and managing virtual teams.
Good communication is essential in virtual teams.
Without it, members feel isolated, work gets duplicated and nobody feels like going out of the way for anyone else.
When you're leading a virtual team, you can't rely on seeing what your team members are working on all day. But you can set up the processes and tools to strengthen communication.
Visibility is an aspect of communication that can easily be addressed in remote teams if you know:
In this course we address those three things through videos and pdfs. Your first task will be to answer 6 questions about your team, to help you identify the problem you're trying to solve. Your last task will be to write down some specific steps to help you apply the course material.
If you are working in a virtual team and don't want distance to be a barrier to great, productive teamwork, join us.
Before you choose the shiniest, trendiest tool on the market, think about why you need to introduce a new tool into your communication process. This lecture will help you to break down the concepts that make up visibility and to choose a tool that suits your team best.
This video explains why narrating your work can help your team. I also show you how to use Trello (which can also be used as a project management tool) to help you communicate with your team about your work.
This lecture shows you another way in which you and your team can narrate your work.
We've covered Visibility in some detail, but of course there are other aspects of team communication and performance that you need to address. Here are some questions and thoughts to get you started.
Pilar helps virtual teams through her site Virtual, not Distant. She and her guests discuss the world of work and best practice in remote working in the 21st Century Work Life podcast.
Virtual, not Distant is part of Unusual Connections, a London-based company specialising in leadership and team development.
Pilar's professional experience is diverse: she's worked as a TV producer, corporate trainer, led an ensemble-led theatre company and is a qualified teacher.