Why virtual team-building activities feel agonising
One school of thought is that the entire concept of team building is flawed, not just that of virtual team building.
Participating in team-building exercises won't usually help. The political and complex nature of the workplace means that people will return to their normal way of behaving.
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The key to creating innovative solutions is to bring together a diverse group of people to tackle every project from Day 1.
Having an interdisciplinary team with varying skills and kno...
Interdisciplinary teams have to leave room so that real work can get done. Because they have multiple projects, they try to limit the loss of brainpower by working for days together on one project instead of jumping between tasks.
Working together in this way ensures that people know everything that is going on, and this allows for debate and questioning that comes with bringing diverse thinkers together.
Successful teams allow for mistakes. The team members feel safe to be as creative as possible.
Every aspect can be re-engineered to allow for internal team feedback, allowing the team to self-manage, and for the team to know that their individual successes are meaningfully linked to the success of the group.
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.
If your icebreaker questions are intriguing, cheeky, humorous – the answers you receive will be, too.
Many remote teams will kick off their weekly meeting with an icebreaker question or insert it during their morning stand-up meeting. Even more popular is asking a series of icebreaker questions during the onboarding process when hiring someone.
Success is sought after by most, while failure is looked down upon, even seen as something shameful.
More than success, it is our failures, errors and rejections that provide us wit...
Once we have invested our time, effort and resources in something, we tend to avoid correcting ourselves in real-time if we are off-track.
Inversely, when people engage in mental contrasting, anticipating the upcoming obstacles, they tend to succeed.
Sharing information on failure among peers means less work overall, and better success for the entire team, as team members do not have to reinvent the wheel by making the same mistake to learn from it.
People do not share failure as it hurts their self-esteem, but if we keep the personal equation aside, a lot can be gained from the collective knowledge of what didn’t work.