Virtual teams are not only here to stay (and to grow in numbers) but they also present an opportunity to change the way we view management and work in general. For that reason, I have started a project called Virtual, not Distant. I’m calling it a project because that’s what it is at the moment.
I’m currently working on Virtual, not Distant, a project to help those in virtual teams achieve a sense of proximity. I have recently realised how much co-located teams can learn from virtual teams. Here are some of those thoughts. When we hear the word “virtual team”, we imagine people based in different parts of the
We’re rarely asked for our opinions or our views. When was the last time you asked someone: What do you think? and were ready for any answer? When I first started facilitating team-away sessions, I was struck by how suspicious people were when I asked them what they thought about an exercise. Once, someone replied
I know I’ve said this a few times but I believe in it passionately, so here I go once again: Work is the best place to develop as professionals, mainly because we spend so much of our lives there. Slowly (maybe even surely) we are all realising this and we’re beginning to see that learning
During change, people can feel isolated. Just hearing someone else expressing similar feelings can have a calming effect. Expressing your own uncertainty does not mean you will lose face, as long as you show it won’t affect your work, that you have some sort of plan and that you will continue to lead decisively. Getting
When I used to run Forbidden Theatre Company, I always brought custard creams into the rehearsal room or to meetings. For some reason, these biscuits were really popular. Everyone seemed to like them and far from ever hearing “Oh no, not another custard cream!”, the sound of the packet opening used to trigger people’s smiles.
Teams where everyone sees each other every day are becoming a rarity. Some people work from home a couple of days a week to avoid the commute, some have jobs that keep them away from the office and some portfolio workers work as part of different teams in different organisations. If you are leading a
Having trouble negotiating a more flexible arrangement at work? Do you have difficulty negotiating a raise? Do you generally have trouble advocating for yourself? The solution might be to think less about you and more about others who will benefit from your success. Giving and Taking Some of us are more prone to “giving” (being
People in HR departments are squeezing their brains trying to find out how to leverage social media to attract talent. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are being included in the recruitment efforts of many organisation. Content and sharing are the forces behind any kind of social media success. For example, by creating interesting and sometimes fun
When I was running Forbidden Theatre Company, I remember being in a school with the cast of one of our shows talking to 6th formers about our process. The actors talked about “we” all the time, never about “I”. What’s more, I realised that my role as director had vanished, as the actors spoke as