Before remote rebooting your team

... consider:

  • More than 70% of leaders say their teams do not collaborate on their most important business problems, and 70% say their teams are conflict avoidant.
  • 2 in 5 leaders believe that members of their team have developed caring, trusting, or supportive relationships with one another.
  • 1 in 5 leaders believes that their teams are reaching their full potential.
And the move to remote work (especially in a global pandemic context) will likely make a bad situation worse if you don't take action.

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"Virtual" doesn't have to mean second best. Your remote team can outrun traditional ones.

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  • Virtual and traditional teams can only succeed if all the members of the team feel like they can be candid.
  • Everyone on the team needs to be accountable, not only to results and to their superior, but to each other.
  • They proactively foster strong relationships (caring, trusting, supportive generous) among members.
  • Teams thrive when they have ambitious goals that have been collaboratively created and jointly owned.

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Creating a new culture

Leaders and team members can make a virtue of this global situation and new world of work: you have an opportunity to introduce a totally new meeting culture, one that values candor and accountability.
It's not going to be easy, given the uncertainty we face. But now more than ever is important to work together.

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  • Remote work allows us to work with greater flexibility.
  • Remote workers report higher levels of workplace satisfaction.
  • Virtual teams allow us to be more diverse and inclusive.
  • Remote teams outperform collocated ones: A BCG study of 80 software teams found that virtual teams outperform “in real life” counterparts.

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  • More fatiguing for some as there are fewer social cues than those conducted in person. 
  • Some employees appreciate the more detached meeting style
  • In summary, the feedback has been paradoxical. 

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How to Combat Virtual Meeting Fatigue

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... that's capable of executing in a remote setup:

  • Hire doers: they will get stuff done even if they are working from a secluded island.
  • Hire people you can trust. And trust the people you hire;
  • Hire people who cand write: communication is one of the most important parts of a remote team - good writers are critical to a team's success.
  • Hire people who are ok without a social workplace.

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How to Run a Remote Team

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Personal Connection

A sense of connection and belonging are sentiments that are helpful for building “affective trust” – a form of trust based on emotional bond and interpersonal relatedness.

It varies from the “cognitive trust” – which springs from reliability and competence. Both are influential to performance, but affective trust tends to be more salient for a team at the beginning of a relationship, according to studies.

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How to build social connection in a remote team

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