Leading Effective Virtual Teams
Leading Effective Virtual Teams Course Description
Organizations thrive when team members work well together, and in today’s increasingly distributed workforce, it is more important than ever for team leaders and project managers to know how to maximize the effectiveness of virtual teams. This course will show participants how to value and build effective virtual teams. We will cover aspects of culture, process, and technology, and participants will have the opportunity to apply the concepts through experiential exercises. Participants will leave the course with concrete ideas for making their own teams more effective!
Participants receive extensive materials for reference and future use. Classes will take place online via Adobe Connect or Zoom.
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Module 1: Building a strong virtual team
In work and in life, we are constantly working alongside others to accomplish our goals. In this module, participants will explore how teams differ from groups and think about the hallmarks of effective teams. We will explore additional competencies we need as leaders in the virtual environment. Participants will then engage in an immersive exercise that will show firsthand the complications and challenges that can arise in virtual team engagement. Module 1 will end with an exploration of the team coaching model and a review of what high productivity and high functionality look like in teams.
Module 2: Leading the Way
In module 2, participants will learn about the Six Change Dial framework for managing virtual teams and explore the application of lessons learned through a liberating structure exercise. We will discuss the role that technology plays in virtual engagements and participate in an action learning set to demonstrate how teams can problem solve together in a virtual setting and establish accountability structures. Participants will end the course having had ample opportunities to reflect on what it takes to manage effective virtual teams, and having participated in a series of immersive exercises and processes that they can take back to use with their own teams at work!
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