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Creating Highly Functional Virtual Teams

ATD 2014 Session: W206

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Can a virtual team be as effective as a co-located team? This is a question that organizations are debating, and the arguments on both sides are very compelling. Factors like work-life balance and organizational savings need to be balanced with the value of face-to-face collaboration and managerial oversight. Whether you personally embrace the concept or not, chances are you will participate as a virtual team member during your career. The reality is, a virtual team can be very effective if the correct conditions are met and maintained. It's about putting together the right personalities, ensuring they have the right tools, and leading the team successfully. After discussing the arguments for and against establishing a virtual team, this workshop will use real life examples to address six key enablers for success.  At the conclusion of the session, you will be able to: identify the profile of an effective virtual team and its players, know how to engage existing team members when selecting new team members, confirm the right technologies and processes are in place to ensure success, create inter-reliability, trust, and teamwork, identify and manage issues before they become destructive, establish credibility while maintaining the right balance of oversight and empowerment, and create team-building opportunities across the distance.

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