Practice Area

Management and Leadership

Managing Virtual Teams

  • Traditional Classroom: 2-day
  • Virtual Instructor-led: Four 3-hour sessions

Being able to effectively lead a virtual team has quickly escalated into the category of must-have skill sets in the global marketplace. With unprecedented numbers of people now engaged in remote work, leaders and managers need to embrace a deeper understanding of virtual team “success.” A solid grasp of the logistics and technology involved in virtual teaming is only the first step; there is a host of second-level skills required to establish and sustain high levels of productivity, engagement, morale, and team health.

In this highly interactive course participants will engage in a variety of hands-on activities to explore best practices in building trust and motivating virtual teams; facilitation and collaboration; dealing with challenging behaviors; and maintaining productivity and performance.

Target Audience

Individuals who will benefit from this course include leaders/managers who have remote teams, project and program managers, sales and other distance managers, and remote team members.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop best practices of facilitating in virtual environments.
  • Determine and apply leadership best practices for teleworkers.
  • Build rapport, gain trust, and manage group dynamics.
  • Create interdependent teams versus independent teams.
  • Effectively leverage technology in the virtual environment.
  • Develop project plans to effectively manage communications, scope, schedule, and risk on virtual teams.
  • Utilize conflict for growth versus destruction.
  • Increase morale through recognition and celebration.
Key Takeaways
  • Apply critical success factors and competencies for facilitating virtual team meetings.
  • Determine how preparation can prevent key risks of virtual teams.
  • Utilize conflict resolution techniques to successfully optimize and manage conflict.
  • Secure commitment and buy-in from virtual team members.
Course Outline
Module 0: Foundational Concepts
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Course Content and Approach
  • Critical Behaviors for Managing Virtual Teams
  • Facilitation Best Practices
Module 1: Forming a Virtual Team
  • Virtual Leadership Styles
  • Tuckman Jensen Model of Team Building
  • Creating the Launchpad
    • Technology
    • Kickoff
    • Ground Rules
    • Goals
    • Role Definition (RACI)
    • Team building
    • Building Trust
Module 2: Planning (Yours, Mine, and Ours)
  • Planning Mindset
  • Project Plans for Virtual Teams
    • Communication Management Plan
      • Teleconferencing Best Practices
      • Cross-Cultural Communications
    • Scope Management Plan
      • Avoiding Scope Creep
    • Schedule Management Plan
    • Risk Management Plan
      • Risk Identification and Response
Module 3: Monitoring Progress of Virtual Teams
  • Monitoring Progress
    • Change Management
    • Conflict Management
  • Weak Links
    • Poor Performers
    • Difficult Conversations
    • Resistance to Change
  • Review Characteristics of Successful Virtual Teams
Module 4: Celebrating Success Virtually
  • Theories on Human Motivation
  • Rewards and Recognition for Virtual Teams
  • Virtual Team Celebration Tips
Module 5: Course Summary and Individual Commitment
  • Teach-Back Exercise
  • Review
  • Action Planning

MDP1002 Course Code

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