virtual teamwork training

Virtual teamwork training helps teams which are dispersed across one country, or numerous countries. Team working has its challenges when the team is together, but these challenges are increased when the team is scattered.

Virtual teamwork is about two or more people working together from different locations, to achieve a common goal. This training will help any team come togetehr and agree a way forward.

The need for virtual teamwork training

As virtual working becomes a norm for many people and organisations, virtual teamwork training is increasingly important. Training helps people become more content and productive in this new environment. This is becasue the training forms a foundation on which people can work together more effectively.

Virtual working gives many benefits as organisations realise retaining the best people can mean being flexible about where they work.

Training outcomes

These are some of the outcomes you could benefit from with this training:

Improve virtual team project planning.

Improve personal relationships, as the team develops their understanding of each other. This is particulalry true with the use of the ITD work styles model.

The team can develop a common spirit by agreeing the culture they want to create.

Address some key issues for the team, with faciltated discussion around the most challenging areas.

 

Typical challenges of participants

Take a look at the review of our training in 2020.

Typical challenges of participants

  • “It’s really difficult managing a project with people in different countries.”
  • “Running meetings via conference calls and video calls is really challenging and I don’t think we have any sense of team yet.”
  • “We have people joining the team from four different countries and I want the best chance to start this project on a positive.”

Tailoring the training to your needs

We will work with you to tailor the training to closely fit with your needs. Firstly we will discuss your needs for the training and your desired outcomes. Secondly. based on this discussion we develop a training agenda. Lastly. once the agenda is  agreed we develop the workshop content with case studies, or scenarios based on your organisation, or market.

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Virtual Teamwork Training Overview

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Prework

Participants complete the ITD work styles model questionnaire. This gives ecah person insight into their personality at work. It informs the discussion on why some people get on better with others. The model also shows how the team can improve understanding.

Agenda

  • Introduction and Objectives
  • Who is in the team?
  • What benefits from team working?
  • Inspiration from other teams
  • Principles of team working
  • Developing a team culture
  • Inspiration from nature
  • Benefits of team working
  • Identifying practical ways to improve team working
  • Business game
  • Personal scenarios
  • Workshop summary
  • Personal action plans & team actions

Teamwork references

When we work with organisations on virtual teamwork training it is often useful to make reference to other areas where team work is vital.

Sport is often a useful analogy;  Is this a team of great individuals, or is it a great team. What makes a great team on the sports field? Can this translate into useful learning for organisations?

We also look at nature and see how team work plays a part. Why do birds fly in flocks? Why do geese fly in V formations? How do ants work so well together? Why do flocking starlings in their tens of thousands not hit each other? What can we learn from nature?

We also reference models and theories of team work to create a team work development experience which fulfils your objectives.

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Case study

This bio-pharma company has offices in 70 countries and working in virtual teams is a day to day reality.

Background

The team is a function within the business which has representatives in eight countries, the head office being in California & the regional head office in London. This was an emerging team with no agreed protocols on how to do things. The challenge was that they are very bright people with opinions on how things should be done and the potential for emotional based disagreement was large. Without strong leadership or agreed ways of working a crisis was looming. The leader decided to have a two day session to get the team together.

Objective of the training

The principle objective was for the team to agree on how they would work together in the future.

General approach

Dealing with international cultural differences, intellectual differences & political dynamics are each challenging in themselves. Dealing with all three at once is another matter. The agenda was structured in such a way that everyone had a chance to influence decisions and there was a good balance of serious directly work related activity & fun team activity. The latter were used to draw out themes of how people choose to work & the roles they take on.

Outcome

The session was a huge success with a great many points of conflict removed and a way of working agreed by everyone.

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