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DHIT®: Successfully Leading Remote Teams

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Are you leading a remote team? Are the challenges of distance and team member isolation causing you extra headaches? Are you struggling with sluggish performance? Does it seem like things are taking twice as long as they used to when you had all your team members in one location. Or that you have to repeat yourself three different ways before people "get it"? And that's after you've fought your way through molasses-like silences and non-responsiveness in your team meetings? In remote teams, sometimes it just feels like your team members are "physically" there, somewhere, but mentally absent.

 

If any of that sounds familiar, we feel with you, and we know how to make things better. In this unique training format, we will develop solutions that are a custom fit for your individual challenges. We will give you the special tools you need to shine as a remote team hero. And we'll reveal the steps you need to take to get your team back on the path of performance.

 

Individual solutions for your remote team

 

DHIT® stands for digital high intensity training. This compact format allows us to work very specifically on the special aspects of your individual situation. The restricted number of participants ensures an intense exchange with other team leads experiencing the same issues you are. In addition, it includes coaching sessions in which you will work to develop custom solutions. In this way, you develop a tailored action plan that you can put into practice straight away. As well, you benefit from personal coaching with your qualified trainer for your own personal development.

 

Leading a virtual team means paying special attention to the needs of your individual team members. In an individual coaching call ahead of the workshop, we will identify the stumbling blocks that are getting in the way of your team's performance. We will analyse how your team is or is not communicating. In a virtual environment, communications breakdown is one of the first signs of the four evils that afflict virtual teams and lead to sub-par performance. The first evil is the distance between your team members. It matters little whether it's 1 or 1000 km. How you bridge the distance is crucial. What rules do we need to establish a good way of working? How do you maintain trust over the divide? The second evil is isolation. Even with the technical means to overcome distance, team members can still feel alone. This brings a whole different type of stress. That leads to evil number three, a lack of belonging. Have you made it possible for your team members to identify with the task at hand and with each other? Is there a clear answer to why the work is being done that goes beyond the factual, physical results. Purpose and vision are key for sustaining virtual work. The fourth evil is a perceived lack of influence. Not only are your team members somewhere else, they are often belong to more than one team, and they may not even report to you directly. Understanding which levers you can pull to allow your team members to get the job done is crucial.

 

Key Facts zum DHIT®: Successfully leading remote teams

 

We perform a custom analysis of your situation with the goal of generating concrete solutions that can be put straight into practice. By strengthening your remote leadership skills, you will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your team. For example by learning how to

  • Overcome distance and isolation
  • Rectify a situation where your team members seem to be growing apart
    • Increase trust across distance among my team membersGet people to adopt a more positive attitude towards their work even when they're working remotely
    • Create the rules you need to get your team and its communication properly set up for remote work
    • Plan your technical infrastructure
    • Recognise typical signs of remote stress and what you can do about it

     

    Your trainer

    Your trainer for this custom workshop, Derek Tronsgard, has led remote teams himself for many years. After finishing his degree in empirical communications studies, Derek worked as a project manager and executive at an international consulting company with offices across three continents. He is a certified trainer and business moderator, project manager and has been training and coaching leaders and executives for the past several years. He is currently studying to become a certified ICF Coach. In his consulting work, he is focussing on digital transformation.

    Questions and Answers in regards to DHIT®: Successfully leading remote teams

     

    How do I overcome the distance in a remote team?

    The answer to this question starts with choosing the right technology for your team. The choices you make should reflect how your team prefers to work. Look at how your team is keeping in touch and how often. Are the platforms you've chosen supporting you or hindering you in your work? It's not just how you're using chat, email, video conferences, but also how you do your task planning and where you store your working files and documentation.

    How can I be sure everyone is doing their work if I can't be there to check in on them?

    First off, establishing trust is key. This is even more true in the remote world because of the different forms of communication. Where does trust come from? In the professional world, trust is strongly related to seeing that somebody knows how to do their job and that they consistently get that job done. So the question we would examine here is : Have you created the conditions that will allow your team members to be successful in their work?

    Spirits seem to have hit rock bottom in my team. How do I restore a healthy atmosphere remotely?

    Like so many other challenges in virtual and remote teams, the answer to this challenge would begin with getting things out in to the open with crystal-clear communication. Do you know what has gotten spirits down in the team? Or are you assuming that you know? Is there enough trust that people would tell you? The first step to breaking through in situations like this is to start with open, honest communication. By creating a space for respectful conversation where you are showing genuine interest in the concerns that obviously exist in the team, you make it possible for people to open up about the true issues. We will help you create an effective communications plan that fits your style.

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