If you want to effectively run virtual teams, it’s important to get the basics of high-performance teams right.
Focus on the following elements:
- Clarity about team goals: Do you go through the most important team goals with every meeting?
- A portfolio of options: Do you engage the team on a regular basis to brainstorm options development to achieve the most important goals?
- A well-defined sandbox. Do you reiterate the boundaries, and check if the team still operates within?
- Celebrate success. Do you take every opportunity to highlight success and acknowledge the team?
- Practice strategic quitting. Do you work with the team on an accurate and complete no-longer-to-do-list?
- Focus on decisions. Do you highlight and summarize key decisions at the end of each meeting?
- Communicate to everyone who was absent. Do you end each meeting with the question who needs to know what?
- Limit meeting duration, increase meeting frequency. Do you test different frequencies and duration of regular meetings to find the optimum?
- Identify small steps with short deadlines. Do you summarize actions, deadlines, and ownership with every meeting?
- Highlight collaborative results. Do you highlight collaboration opportunities between individuals when discussing team results?
On a scale of 1-10, how well are you doing on each of these elements?