• from the Think Tank

Getting the best from Remote Teams

Every team is unique – because the members are unique, as are the dynamics they establish. Teams also live within an organisational culture and tend to establish a local ’temperature’. Covid-19 has thrown all of these ‘governing’ factors into disarray, and new ways of working must emerge.

A quick search shows hundreds of tips for working with Remote Teams, even before Covid-19 emerged and sent us all home to work. And many are extremely helpful – for example, we liked the simplicity and directness of the blog by StrategicCoach.com - 'Do’s And Dont's Of Working With Remote Team Members'.

What is harder to find is an end-to-end solution to how teams can adapt and thrive: not just demonstrate team resilience in the face of the pandemic, but to become a Mentally Tough team. Imagine a team who…

  • Feel energised by their work and committed to the team’s purpose

  • Operate with confidence, knowing that they are appreciated and supported by their organisation and fellow team members

  • Rise to operational challenges, balance risks, and relish the continuous learning their work brings

Sounds like the ideal team? An impossible aspiration? Well, we believe there is a way to enable teams to be their very best.

Based on our experience of working with teams, adding what we have learned since Covid-19 arrived, the most effective way to generate this optimum team state in remote or blended teams is to inject collaborative energy into a live project or piece of work. When this approach is taken, the behaviours, delegation, and understanding can more easily be replicated across all aspects of the team’s work.

Our 3 Day Sprint takes the team from identity and values, getting equal input from everyone, through stakeholder mapping for the work under consideration, challenging assumptions, all the way through to understanding clearly each team member’s responsibilities.

We have found this to be an exceptionally impactful and effective way of working with our clients. The feedback we have received universally speaks to the sustainability of the approach – teams replicate what they learn and discover in their wider context.

We hope this gives you food for thought – contact us if you have a team you know has it in them to do better, with a little support.

By Peter McDermott and Dayna Caceres

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