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Virtual Teambuilding Activities

Leaders of virtual teams must be intentional about team building in order to create trust and develop a cohesive team. A cohesive team fosters not only trust and cohesiveness, but enables forgiveness. There are hundreds of ideas for virtual team building activities on the web and some popular ones are described below.

Simply and Easy Activities

Diversity and Inclusion in Virtual Teams

In these challenging times, many companies are seeking authentic ways to increase equity and diversity initiatives within their organizations. Racial tensions in this country have reached an apex, and many US citizens are calling out for a reckoning. This turmoil is occurring in the middle of a pandemic. COVID-19 has caused major impacts across the globe, barreling us into remote work environments and instigating decreases in revenue within those industries that cannot nimbly pivot to a virtual format. With so many uncertainties, many of us are just trying to keep our heads above water.

Applying Adaptive Leadership to a Virtual Workforce

The Adaptive Leadership style is a follower-centered approach that focuses on the leader and followers ability to adapt to change. While the name of this approach, adaptive leadership makes one think that it is concerned with how leaders adapt, it is actually more about the adaption of followers. Originally developed by Heifetz (1994), adaptive leadership conceptualizes the leader not as one who solves problems for people but rather as one who encourages others to do the problem solving.

Applying Adaptive Leadership in Virtual Settings

In my current position, I enjoy the unique opportunity to work within the fields of military, business, and education, all within the same work day. The constant changing of which “hat” I am wearing at any given time is almost literal – I often change between educational, business, and my military settings depending on the next event, adapting the tone and jargon of the conversation as most appropriate. Regardless of industry, an inability to be adaptive would rightly be seen as lazy, unprofessional, or both.

The Must Have: The Components of an Adaptive Leader Adapting to Changing Environments to Remain Successful

Adaptive Leadership is a purposeful leadership style that supports the acclimation of leaders, subordinates and organizations to flourish in various circumstances. Adaptive leaders are self-aware, performance motivated and usually have significant emotional intelligence. These attributes enable adaptive leaders to assign the right tasks to the right people and provide resources for professional development. They take decisive action, rarely doing so in a reactive manner without considering all possible outcomes.

To Be or Not to Be Virtual!

Virtual organizations are not new and many organizations have relied on this model to operate effectively in a global market. Educational institutions, especially, have been operating virtually through the provision of online courses for quite a while, and have even offered a menu of ways that students can access their education- through the traditional classroom, virtually or a hybrid of the two.

The Pandemic Disruption: The Impact on Tacit Knowledge

 

Knowledge is a multi-faceted building block for all societies. Whether blue or white collar in occupation, whether an urban or rural dweller, everyone transfers knowledge to someone. Knowledge is a main “how-to” construct that keeps productivity, processes, and legacies moving forward. A sound foundation of knowledge transfer facilitates innovation so that progressive versions of the knowledge contiguously emerges.

Diversity and Inclusion in the Virtual Workplace

We are amid a new reality for our world. With COVID-19 hitting the scene and changing the scope of how we work; we must continue to acknowledge the importance of creating and accessing a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) policy in the virtual workplace.

Diversity is the characteristics and attributes that make individuals different, where inclusion is the social standards and behaviors that help people feel accepted.

Security Considerations for Remote Work

If you have suddenly begun working from home, there are undoubtedly many unique issues that have surfaced for you in recent weeks. You are likely trying to figure out where to carve out a dedicated workspace in your home, how to minimize background noise during web conferences, and ways to prevent personal distractions from diverting your attention. If you have children who are also transitioning to a remote format for school, there is the added responsibility of juggling the supervision of their schedules, schoolwork, and meals.

Virtual Diversity: Is This a Thing?

In a word? Yes, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are top of the to-do list in most organizations these days. The recent emphasis on having a diverse and inclusive work environment is driven, in part, by social movements in the US and across the globe. The COVID-19 virus changed the way businesses operate; many of us are working from home now.

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