Making Virtual Teams Fly


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Making Virtual Teams Fly

  1. 1. Making Virtual Teams Fly
  2. 2. Agenda 1.  Introduction  of Trainer and  6.  Participants 2. Blended  Questions  Collaboration and Answers 3.  5.  Challenges  Tools for  and  Virtual Teams Constraints 4. Change  Management
  3. 3. Who am I? I have twenty years of experience as a consultant, trainer and coach, in particular in change management. Clients: private business, the public sector and non- governmental organizations, including the development sector. Worked in more than 50 countries of Europe, North, Central and South America, Africa and Asia, What I care for: creating working environments in which people want to collaborate and to excel.
  4. 4. Who are you? Please write into thechat box who you are and from whereyou call in.
  5. 5. Radical InclusionRadical Inclusion is an international network of change facilitators, marketingexperts and internet enthusiasts who are dedicated to using online and f2ffacilitation tools to make collaboration more inclusive, persistent, fun and most ofall effective.7 members:-West Coast US-Canada-Brazil-GermanyBlended Collaboration
  6. 6. The Case for Blended Collaboration Distributed teams have become a standard pattern of work. However, organizations have not yet mastered to establish frameworks for effective collaboration. Inclusivity is one of the magic sticks for organizations to produce better results and manage the complexity of our world.
  7. 7. What is Blended Collaboration? Blended collaboration is the combination of skills, practices and tools from different worlds. Real time: We interact directly and without time gap. Near time: We interact whenever convenient but close in time to the stimulus. Asynchronous: We interact whenever suitable to our own working patterns.
  8. 8. Discussion (please write in the chat box)Question 1 What hinders people to effectively collaborate virtually?
  9. 9. Discussion (please write in the chat box)Question 1 What are success factors for effective collaboration?
  10. 10. Resistance Reasons for resistance to effective collaboration: 1. lack of incentives for collaboration 2. Knowledge is an inter-organizational currency 3. Collaboration is a question of trust and loyalty 4. Virtual collaboration is considered as an “IT issue”, and IT departments are driving the process 5. Physical and virtual collaboration are different 6. Virtual collaboration is considered as a second-hand substitute for physical collaboration 7. People (and organizations) just don’t know how to do it
  11. 11. Changing attitudes
  12. 12. Principles of the Change JourneyAll people have concerns, purposes and circumstances that matter to them. If peoplefeel that their issues are acknowledged and respected, they will support change.Change has its boundaries and limits. Change is partly given to us, and everything isnot negotiable. There will always be conditions that we need to accept and workaround.Problems become our friends little by little. We need to start small in the beginning ofour change journey and improve the process along the way.Everybody needs to become an innovator. Widen the circle of involvement as much aspossible and get people to buy in.Multilevel communication about change is essential. Connect people to the content ofthe change and to each other by virtual and face-to-face means.
  13. 13. Radical Inclusion’sfavorite toolsExternal RI Blog Linkedin Twitter RI Learning Group Primary Communication Use FaceBook RI Fan Page Skype Voice Webex Mindmeister email Skype Chat Mikogo Team Speak PBWorks (Wiki)Internal Real Time Communication Information Storage and Sharing
  14. 14. Tools we UseOur water cooler Our window to the world Our drawing room
  15. 15. Collaboration in Virtual Teams:Success Factors • Others respect my situation Respect • Others appreciate my competence • A necessary trust level can be  Trust reached • …and maintained over time Balance of  • What is in for me? me and we • Distributed leadership
  16. 16. Your questions?
  17. 17. An invitationExperience self-organized virtual collaboration by taking part in our annualvirtual unconference. This year our theme is "Making the Most ofCollaborative Worlds: Physical, Virtual and Blended Collaboration".This Radical Real-time unconference will take place in different virtual platformsthat offer possibilities to meet both asynchronously and synchronously.Read more at
  18. 18. How are you now?