Fostering Virtual Collaboration and Innovation

Fostering innovative ideas and tapping into the collective intelligence can be difficult when you are working face-to-face, but the challenge is made more difficult when part or all of your team is working virtually.

The Gartner Group has shown that 50% of virtual teams fail because they do not understand the challenges of working virtually. Virtual teams experience unique challenges that co-located teams do not, resulting in poor collaboration, difficulty achieving and maintaining trust and role ambiguity – all counter-productive to business goals and success. In fact, teams begin to experience these obstacles when separated by as little as 90 feet.

So, how do we draw on the views of a diverse set of stakeholders when they are not physically located? We learn to share our ideas virtually through brainstorming and through virtual collaboration.

Brainstorming can be a very effective way of developing new, innovative ideas, solutions and products. Brainstorming also inspires creative thinking even when there are no immediate benefits. Virtual brainstorming, however, offers some unique challenges and opportunities relative to face-to-face brainstorming.  For example, how comfortable and experienced are participants with collaborating virtually?  For those who are less comfortable and experienced with virtual meetings and collaboration, the technology and distance may interfere with engagement and success of brainstorming.  In this session, you will learn how to conduct an effective virtual brainstorming session where all the attendees are fully engaged.

At the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the challenges to brainstorming for the team leader and team members
  • Describe and experience how to build a virtual environment where innovative ideas flow without judgment
  • Describe how to use web conferencing tools to facilitate a virtual brainstorming session
  • Experience how to use paired chat, white board, polling and feedback tools to facilitate brainstorming and collaboration

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    Virtual Team Builders is a training and consulting company that caters to corporations and teams who depend on effective virtual collaboration to succeed. Our training is targeted towards the unique challenges faced by teams operating in a virtual environment; challenges that are present whether members work 90 feet apart or 3000 miles apart.