If we continue talking about "the office" when we look at working in a virtual environment, aren't we in danger of not letting go of our previous mindset?
Transitioning to “remote” does not just involve learning how to use new technology to help us stay connected. It involves re-designing how we communicate as a team - and this includes how we ask for help. In this article, Pilar makes the case for sharing your questions and requests for help with your whole virtual team, instead of defaulting to the one-one conversation.
“Happiness at work” does not mean the same to everyone. In today’s post, Pilar reflects on the dangers of holding a narrow version of “happiness” in our heads and she lays down a number of ways in which people differ when they think of “happiness”.
In the first episode of Management Café, Ishare some research on the communication patterns of high performance teams.
(You can download this handy PDF with the questions to guide you through your transition to a more flexible or virtual team by clicking here.)
Companies and teams that are “born virtual”, just get on with the work.
The world of work is indeed changing.
We are seeing more and more people working away from the office, from cafés, at home, in co-working spaces, on the train... (the list goes on...)
Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Audacious Salon on Distributed Agile at the Agile 2016 conference in Atlanta. The best part, I didn’t have to take a plane there all the way from London
You are part of a "buzzing" team.
You tend to have coffee breaks at the same time. On Fridays, you go out for lunch together.
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Everyone talks about it, but what does "working well as a team" mean?
Gradually and unseemly, more of us are starting to rely on mobile working. We find ourselves working on our two hour train journeys, in airports, in the supermarket queues...
I couldn't imagine that a book about the US Military would be such a joy to read. But during my virtual coffees with Lisette Sutherland, she kept recommending the book every time we spoke about the need for transparency in organisations and the dangers of security concerns creating a culture of mistrust which prevents people from collaborating, innovating and keeping up with change.
There is a lot we can learn from Nick and Michele’s story. They started working together from the same location and then progressed to becoming a virtual team.
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Before I start my musings on nurturing team creativity, I’d like to define what I mean by creativity. I’m not referring to “artistry” – or the creative industries. I’m referring to the ability to come up with new solutions to problems, to change the way in which we do things, to improve our processes… I’m talking about using our imagination to see things that are not already there.
We all know the importance of looking after people who have just joined our team, of guiding them through our processes, of showing them where to look for help. But often we overlook the fact that new people need our help beyond the obvious practicalities. One-one time is often lost when we go flexi or virtual.
While eating at my favourite London Thai restaurant yesterday with a friend from school, my hands clenched into fists a few times. He was telling me how difficult it is for him to work from home. It doesn’t help that he’s completely uninspired by his current work, of course.
is one of those words that, like 'communication', is mentioned as a solution to many team problems, but the word is often used in a non-specific way and without really considering what it really means to our way of working.
Advocacy is something that's formally forgotten about when we talk about team leadership. In virtual teams, it might be more difficult to advocate for your team and to have access to a wide network that can help you.