Remember back when people went to work and had meetings face to face? Yeah, we do too. For most of us, it’s not quite like that anymore. More likely, you are working on a project with one teammate from the next state over or the next country over. You probably don’t even go in to the office every day, opting to telecommute on occasion instead.
Geographic dispersion has led to what is called a virtual team. “Virtual teams are groups of people who work interdependently with shared purpose across space, time, and organization boundaries using technology to communicate and collaborate.” That is, virtual teams are separated by time and/or space, yet held together by a common task or objective. The question is, how can a virtual team be high performing? Darleen DeRosa notes that in her research, 2/3 of companies said that enhancing the performance of their virtual teams was either “important” or “very important.” The problem is, her research also revealed that virtual teams diminish in effectiveness and performance over time. “One of the critical findings here is that productivity drops over time,” DeRosa says.
HighPerformanceVirtualTeams.com is here to help you combat that decreasing productivity on your virtual team. Instead, we want to see your team thrive. We want to see it become high performing. There are four primary factors that we will focus on that make your team high performing:
Additionally, there are a a couple of primary theoretical models teams that will provide a helpful orientation of how teams can be high performing. Click through to see a summary of the Shared Leadership model and The Disciplined Team model.