Virtual Team-building is skyrocketing! Six years ago, 45 million employees worked remotely at least once a week. In 2010, the virtual workforce will hit 100 million. But, perhaps more important than the numbers, are the strong impact effective virtual teams are having on their companies.
As the World we know becomes a Smaller Place….
Teams are more and more dispersed and yet required to communicate just as they did when they were side by side or face to face. If you are located over 90 feet from a team mate, then you are dispersed. We all have challenges that need to be addressed, such as: doing more with less, having faster turnaround in all that we do, cost cutting and bring more value to our customers.
According to Dr. Tom Allen, author of “Managing the Flow of Technology,” people are not likely to communicate or collaborate very often if they are more than 50 feet apart.
This tells us that small levels of dispersion can substantially affect team. In fact those teams who were situated fairly close together performed worse than teams who were more geographically spread out. The only teams that fared worse were those who had high levels of intercultural diversity and who spanned many time zones.
The reason for this is team members who are in the same building but separate floors, did not consider themselves as being virtual so they did not make the effort to walk over to someone’s desk or to climb a set of stairs to connect with someone, or to create social and task processes which is a key element for virtual team success
How then, do we foster communication and collaboration when people are geographically dispersed?
Learn to do it Right – The VIRTUAL TEAM BUILDERS Workshop Series will Teach you “how”
As a Project Manager, Business Analyst or Team Leader, you undoubtedly feel frustrated and impatient after a team meeting and no one appears to even understand the nature of the project. By realizing that this problem might be in fact managerial, you are now on the right track to building a better virtual team. Learning how to communicate with virtual teams will result in a dramatic increase in productivity. By enrolling in this five part workshop, you can now learn how to effectively lead, manage and enable a virtual team.
Classes will take place at both 7:00 AM and 1:00 PM EST
Click on each of the five workshops below for additional information and to register
- Meet Me in Cyberspace: Conducting Effective Virtual Meetings (March 9)
- The Communication Connection: Getting it Right (March 16)
- Making Norms the Norm: The Team Operating Agreement (March 23)
- Leading a Virtual Team: Same Game Different Rules (March 30)
- Bridging the Distance: Team Energizers (April 6)
Order All Five Workshops and receive a 10% discount.
…..and become a “Certified Virtual Team Professional”
If you take all 5 workshops, then you will have earned yourself the “Certified Virtual Team Profession” credential.
YOUR INSTRUCTOR: All courses are taught by Claire Sookman from Virtual Team Builders Consulting Firm. Claire is a pioneer in virtual team building, specializing in helping teams that are geographically dispersed reduce their costs and reach their maximum potential through training, coaching, consulting and designing. She brings over a decade’s worth of corporate training experience, working with 4,500+ Managers in the past three years alone. Some of her clients include: AT&T, Weyerhaeuser, CIBC, Siemens, Bell Canada, USDA Forest Services, Bayer and Boeing. Visit them at www.VirtualTeamBuilders.com .