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It’s common for virtual leaders to think “If I can’t see my employees, how do I know if they are doing the work”? Many lack the confidence to develop their team members by giving them the authority and autonomy needed to flourish in their virtual roles. This erodes trust and inevitably leads to burnout for leaders who try to do it all. This interactive program will give you real world practice in delegating from a distance.
Participants will learn how to:
Let go of control and feel confident that the right things are getting done in a timely manner. Effectively delegate with clearly articulated expectations. Empower your team and provide sufficient support to help them grow your business.
Virtual team leadership is a relatively new experience where most or all members are working remotely. In fact, 65% of experienced leaders have preventable failures in their first attempts at virtual teamwork. That percentage is even higher for new managers. If poor leadership behaviours go unchecked, they become entrenched and grow over time. These are highly preventable failures that negatively impact the entire organization.
In this session participants will learn to:
You will be better equipped, more resilient, and confident in mitigating issues. Expose the silent threats that pose potential pitfalls. Build on effective virtual leadership strategies that will benefit you, your team, and the company.
Is your team working optimally, or just working? Sometimes things are getting done virtually but engagement is elusive. When that happens, cohesion and creativity plummet.
Add the mask of technology and it’s an immense challenge to manage and optimize performance. Evaluations, performance reviews, or friction points all become less comfortable and harder to gauge.
You need ways to build and sustain engagement. You need strategies to build team creativity and responsiveness. You don’t need to be bogged down in micromanaging.
In this session, we will guide you in optimizing the performance of your people, not simply managing the metrics of performance.
In this session, you will learn how to:
Feel more confident about optimizing your virtual teams’ performance at a distance. Use this wealth of practical knowledge, skills, and tips to help you and your team deliver on business objectives and achieve higher goals.
How do you measure your team’s performance? For many leaders and teams, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are a core indicator of success but they stress output and not optimization or emotions.
Measuring through output ensures tasks are accomplished, but is that enough? Is creativity and innovation the norm, or is engagement being eclipsed by overwhelmed team members? Would you know how to tell early enough to act? While bottlenecks are easy to spot, burnout is not, especially from a distance.
In this session you will learn to:
With rapid technology shifts, continuous improvement programs, and pressure to respond to market demands with agility, today’s leaders must manage a blinding rate of change. Proven organizational change models provide a framework but may not provide a pathway to successful change that sticks for virtual teams.
In this session, we’ll delve into some pitfalls of virtual change and discuss strategies to manage change in a constantly evolving virtual world:
In this session the participants will learn to:
The remote nature of virtual teams can make conflict management even more challenging than face-to-face team conflict. According to Lindred Greer, a professor of organizational behavior at Stanford Graduate School of Business. “Conflict in virtual teams is more likely to have a negative impact on performance and is more likely to escalate.
In this session, we will explore the three types of conflict, and strategies to manage them in a virtual setting.
In this session the participants will learn to:
So now you are assigning tasks virtually that were previously handled face-to-face. According to the Gartner Group, 50% of virtual teams fail due to a lack of understanding about how to work virtually. Your team members are likely experiencing frustration and stress that can lead to dysfunction, resistance, and a failure to deliver on business objectives. Don’t blame the technology. Developing a high-performance team in a virtual environment takes a whole new set of leadership skills.
In this session, participants will:
Boost your virtual team’s performance with skills to navigate their unique challenges. Build more trust, credibility and reliance as a team. Top performing virtual teams have higher morale that increases productivity and job satisfaction. Creating a stronger and more interconnected virtual culture is essential to your resilience, economic prosperity, and competitiveness.
Virtual team meetings come with unique challenges that can cause you problems if they are not addressed right away. Distractions, multi-tasking, and passive silence can be signs that your team members are feeling disconnected and dissatisfied. Ineffective virtual meetings can cost your organization thousands of dollars and negatively impact your capacity to compete.
This program is designed to help you:
Meeting time means money. Use these proven techniques to optimize your meeting time and increase everyone’s productivity. Improving the virtual meeting skills of your leaders and managers is essential in today’s world, and an investment that will be felt right away and last into the future.
To mitigate the pitfalls a virtual environment can bring, the team needs to develop ground rules and operating norms building upon what they have learned in the virtual curriculum. These ground rules and operating norms are established through the collaborative development of the Team Operating Agreement (TOA).
The TOA is a highly effective tool for preventing team dysfunction and improving team productivity. The TOA sets out expectations, norms for acceptable and unacceptable behaviors among the team members, and the mechanisms by which team members will hold each other accountable.
This session will take participants through the first 4 steps of creating and maintaining a Team Operating Agreement:
Set up your team for success with this powerful collaborative session. Giving them the opportunity to work through this together generates buy-in, guides the team’s actions and interactions, and provides a tool to refer to which helps enforce valued behaviour. Imagine how much better an experience it can be for your virtual teams to be unified and working with purpose, clear about their team’s operating norms.
After this program, we recommend all participants join in a follow-up session.
It’s easy to learn something new, but hard to make it stick. Trying to align an entire virtual team and change individuals’ engrained behaviours requires on-going support. After the initial 4-step program, your team finishes creating their Team Operating Agreement(s) and puts it into practice. During this session everyone gets to see how it’s going. Without accountability, respect, and follow through, there is a danger that more problems can brew under the surface.
During this follow-up session participants will:
After completing the final 3 steps of the TOA process, your team will have a solid foundation to grow stronger together. When team members take ownership of their agreements to ensure it stays current to changing needs and keep each other accountable, they can focus on what’s important for the business. High performing teams are committed to each other and reach higher together.
Coming up with ideas to fuel innovation can make some people feel very vulnerable. The physical cues that we pick up on when working in a shared physical space are less present in a virtual environment, if they’re present at all. Sharing one’s thoughts often exposes them to instant judgement or the limiting beliefs of others. This can shut down creative thinking and lead to lack of participation. Being innovative in a virtual environment requires pre-planning and guided facilitation to ensure all participants are engaged, encouraged, and motivated to share openly with confidence and courage.
In this session, participants will learn how to:
With practical tools and tips that can be applied immediately, your team is ready to collaborate more effectively to build trust, respect, and a safe open space to share and develop ideas. Empower your virtual team to solve complex problems and create a more innovative, competitive edge for your business.
Building strong face-to-face working relationships can be tough for some people, but in a virtual working environment it can be difficult for everyone. It’s not just the technology that gets in the way of making deep meaningful connections. Virtual teams need to build stronger, more resilient relationships.
With these advanced programs, virtual teams learn how to increase resilience, and deepen their connections and collaborate for more innovative problem solving. Click on each program title to learn more about what could be holding your team back from reaching their goals.
The truth is, it’s more difficult for virtual team members to engage, connect, and work well with each other over time than it is for those who work face-to-face. Onboarding new members also requires additional management to successfully integrate them into the team. When new or existing members of a virtual team feel disconnected, team performance can suffer from a lack of engagement and low morale. Poor working relationships breed misunderstandings, interpersonal conflicts, and absenteeism. It’s imperative to actively foster stronger virtual team connections so everyone can move past growing differences and get back to work.
In this session, participants will learn how to:
Equipped with this new set of interpersonal tools, your virtual team members can immediately mitigate team challenges in order to sustain strong relationships that bolster performance and productivity, a valuable outcome for your teams and your organization.
Every interaction has the potential to strengthen or break down a work relationship. Sadly, the latter is most often the case when different behavioural styles come into play. Virtual team members have the added disadvantage of not being able to pick up on some visual cues that speak volumes in understanding someone’s intentions. Misinterpreting other people’s behavioural styles can lead to friction and lack of conflict resolution.
Just think how much more productive your virtual teams will be when each team member can:
The DiSC Behavioural Profile provides participants clarity about their own behavioural styles, and insights about those of others. By applying this methodology, your team will build and improve relationships one interaction at a time. More mindful communication enhances productivity, builds stronger relationships and creates an optimal environment for
high performance teams.
More and more organizations are operating in a virtual environment, making it harder for some people to manage work/life priorities. Leaders are not only challenged to engage and motivate their teams, they need to enhance connections, build more empathy, and develop higher resilience. Consider this a course in early detection skills to help everyone identify and mitigate potential team dysfunctions.
In this course participants will learn how to:
Through facilitated online instruction, individual reflection, and group discussions, participants learn, internalize, and act on key learnings. This powerful combination of activities strengthens their capabilities and adjusts their mindset, giving them a new set of powerful skills that builds confidence, higher resilience, and more motivation to reach bigger goals. Give your virtual team this morale boost so they can reach limitless new heights for your organization.
Facilitating learning in an online environment is completely different from front-of-the-room training. Virtual learners have specific needs and it’s easy to lose their attention to multitasking, boredom, or conflicting priorities. It’s important to know how to manage virtual dynamics, avoid pitfalls, and engage learners from start to finish. Make learning stick whether you are blending live and online, or teaching in a purely virtual environment. Build on your professional toolkit to incorporate best practices while keeping your participants engaged and learning.
All too often, a live on-line session is a one-way event with the speaker addressing the audience and limited audience interaction. With so many distractions, conflicting priorities and multitasking, even participants who want to be there will have a hard time focusing. It doesn’t have to be this way.
During this session, participants will learn how to:
Deliver highly engaging, irresistible online content that is just as interactive as a face-to-face session. Engaging participants in active chats. Using whiteboards and annotation tools for real time collaboration. Facilitating breakout rooms to deepen the learning and create closer connections between your online learners. This is just the first step in making your training experience as brilliant online as it is in a live training room.
In general, people make a subconscious judgement in the first few minutes of entering a new situation. They may even come into your online session with a predetermined idea of the experience, particularly if they’ve had a bad virtual training in the past or are not particularly interested in the topic. You only have a few minutes to grab and keep their attention.
In this session you will learn how to:
At the end of the session you will be able to deliver more meaningful, impactful content in an engaging way right from the beginning of your training session. Keep it going with purposeful collaboration and interactions that are highly engaging and energizing. Take your training to the next level and leave your participants feeling more excited about future learning.
Practice makes perfect. You might not want to try out something new in a virtual classroom, where so many things can go wrong. Practicing or testing new skills for the first time can be nerve-racking. We are here to support you while you ramp up your virtual training skills with a practicum where you will have an opportunity to practice a training segment of your choice.
During this program you will have the opportunity to:
Take charge of the virtual environment with confidence. Deliver more effective training to suit the needs of your virtual learners. Attract and retain the attention of your online audience and enhance your training offers for your ideal clients.
Technology is great—when it’s working. All it takes is one weak Wifi connection or a technological glitch to increase frustration and decrease the entire team’s effectiveness. Not only is it critical for everyone to maintain high connectivity, but they need to know how to use the tools available to optimize the process. Support your team with specific platform skills to strengthen their connection.
Our customized solutions include team training on specific platforms used in your organization. Click on the title to learn more about each solution.
The key to any successful project, large or small, is effectively working as a team. Microsoft TEAMS enables you to manage your team with online meetings, calls, and web conferencing. Their secure platforms allow you to share important information in a private environment while having live discussions and group chats. All the Microsoft Office applications integrate seamlessly into the TEAMS platform. Microsoft TEAMS provides you with all the tools you need to solve problems, meet objectives, and achieve your goals.
During this live on-line session participants will learn how to:
Technology allows us to connect with our virtual team but all too it is not used to its full capacity. In this session, we will devote time to exploring the advanced features of Webex. We will demonstrate how to encourage interactivity and collaboration, while learning how to facilitate a productive virtual meeting or training event.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
The latest and most widely used platform has experienced massive growth recently. ZOOM offers many of the same features as more established platforms and is a user-friendly space for your team to connect.
Participants of this program will:
The virtual workspace and online training is full of potential production challenges. When technical tasks are added to everyone’s role, it can create distraction and confusion.
Whether you are managing a team meeting or facilitating virtual training, we recommend having a dedicated Virtual Producer to create a seamless event. Click on the program titles to see how we can enhance the role of a Virtual Producer.
In this course, you will develop technical and communication skills to produce a seamless online event. Learn best practices to effectively support, communicate with, and maintain group norms with virtual learners and facilitators before, during, and after the session.
In this course the participants will learn how to:
This course will prepare you for the full range of producer duties, from supporting a small virtual workshop complete with breakout rooms, to live webinars with hundreds of attendees. You will learn how to manage technical issues, create an effective back-up plan, and ensure you create an environment where technology challenges do not impact the learning or meeting experience.
In this course the participants will learn how to:
In this course you will gain practical experience by acting as a producer during an online session conducted by Virtual Team Builders, putting your knowledge and newfound skills into practice.
In this course the participants will:
Leading a virtual team can be challenging. Identifying the real issues can be even more challenging.
We’ve developed this FREE Virtual Team Performance Survey TODAY based on decades of experience working with teams just like yours. Completing the survey will help you reveal some of the underlying problems that may be present for you and your team.
Once you submit your responses, you are welcome to schedule a complimentary 45-minute call. We can discuss your team strengths and the opportunities you have to build higher performance virtual teams so your business can grow. We want to make it easier for you so we’ll also continue to support you with tips, tools and resources delivered to your inbox.