Don’t Get Your Virtual Team Together!

If you lead a virtual team – a group of people who work together, but not in the same physical space, you’ve read the same advice dozens of times.

“Get your team together as often as possible. Then they’ll get to know each other, and work together better.”

I’m starting to wonder whether this advice is sponsored by the travel industry.

Because there’s a reasonable chance that all those get-togethers are a waste of time and money. They may help, but there’s a good chance they help despite, not because of, all those planes, trains and automobiles.

Effective virtual teams work well together when they are not in the same physical space.

All trainers know that learning is context-dependent. If you want to change someone’s behaviour, you teach them to do the new thing in a situation which, as closely as possible, mimics the real-life context.

Firemen train with breathing apparatus in smoke-filled buildings, not on sunny hotel terraces. Soldiers yomp through mud or across deserts. Salesmen role-play on the phone.

So if you want your virtual team to work better together, the chances are that doing it virtually will have more practical effect than a face-to-face meeting.

Save the hassle, save the money, save the planet.

  • For more information about how to develop your virtual team without having to meet up, feel free to contact me.

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