For years, your organization has perfected project management, and you got pretty good at it. Then one day, you decided to execute a project using a distributed team. Eleven time zones, three languages, five countries. Managing the virtual meetings was a nightmare squared. People no-showed, the wrong people attended, misunderstandings flourished, confusion reigned. Would you like to get better at managing virtual meetings?
In some fields, Great session! It should be
required for any project team with virtual aspects, from sponsor on down. Thanks very
—Linda Breckenridgevirtual teams are now more common than the old-fashioned face-to-face teams. Everything about virtual teams is more difficult than face-to-face teams — most especially, meetings. Virtual meetings are more difficult to schedule, more difficult to run, and take longer to do even the simplest things.
What's a virtual team? You'll find various definitions if you surf around a bit, but the main features of a virtual team are what make them so difficult to manage — the people are dispersed geographically, they meet infrequently or never, and they come from different organizations. And these factors conspire to make what's usually easy, difficult — and what's usually difficult, impossible.
This program helps people who sponsor, lead, or participate in virtual meetings. Participants learn how to:
Participants learn to appreciate the true challenges of virtual meetings. Most important, they learn strategies and tactics for making the virtual environment productive and effective.
We learn Wow! A very thought-provoking
presentation, and I fear we only scratched the "tip of the iceberg."
—Anthony Holmesthrough presentation, discussion, exercises, simulations, and post-program activities. We can tailor a program for you that addresses your specific challenges, or we can deliver a tried-and-true format that has worked well for other clients. Participants usually favor a mix of presentation, discussion, and focused exercises.
Based on attendee interest, topics will include, for example:
Whether you're a veteran of virtual meetings, or a relative newcomer, this program is a real eye-opener.
The full-day format of this workshop includes a copy of 303 Tips for Virtual and Global Teams for all participants and their supervisors. Ideal for those who like to supplement their learning by reading, or as a reference for later study. MoreWhen we learn most new skills, we intend to apply them in situations with low emotional content. But knowledge about how people work together is most needed in highly charged situations. That's why we use a learning model that goes beyond presentation and discussion — it includes in the mix simulation, role-play, metaphorical problems, and group processing. This gives participants the resources they need to make new, more constructive choices even in tense situations. And it's a lot more fun for everybody.
Managers of global operations, sponsors of global projects, team leads, project managers and team members.
Available formats range from 50 minutes to one full day. The longer formats allow for more coverage or more material, more experiential content and deeper understanding of issues specific to audience experience.