You may have been leading a virtual team for years and felt that some things were missing….or likely you suddenly have been thrust into this role due to the significant COVID-19 related disruption. Either way, you probably have discovered that while some general team leadership principles still apply, virtual teamwork and virtual collaboration do require some distinct practices. How to build trust in virtual teams? How to motivate your team members? How to manage your work flows with maximum productivity? And how to provide for engaging virtual meetings? All of these dimensions are a little different in virtual teams. There is a lot of chatter on the web about tech and tools, but what does the research say about evidence-based practices? This mini-course will help you master this new dimension of your leadership!
Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken has worked on international development and civil society issues for 30 years, in practice, in academia and as independent consultant. Tosca supports senior social sector leaders with their needs for leadership development and organizational effectiveness solutions. She has facilitated f2f workshops on virtual team leadership for major global INGOs and has blogged about the topic here. Tosca has also hosted INGO leaders with a lot of experience in virtual team leadership as guest bloggers here and here. You can learn more about Tosca here>>
Our mini-course will improve your understanding of what specific challenges you should expect when leading a virtual team. You will walk away with specific and proven, evidence-based solutions and approached. We will also share lots of management tactics, tips and tools. And we will discuss how you can improve your personal resilience as leaders in times of big disruption – how to bounce forward and not just bounce back. Finally, the world will not return to ‘what was normal’ after COVID-19 and your organization may well up its virtual ways of working in permanent fashion for the long term. What strategies to choose to turn the current situation into an opportunity?
It will have a six week duration and be cohort based. Cohorts will consist of 10 to 12 people maximum to provide interactivity as well as personalized attention. Depending on what program tier you choose, you will gain from:
They will all be scheduled at the same time each week, for easy scheduling (exact time will be determined based on the composition of each cohort).
You should expect it to take 1-2 hours of your time per week.
Yes, we will use the calls to showcase and practice how virtual meetings need to be interactive in order to be effective and engaging.
You will be encouraged to use your work sheets to reflect on your application of lessons learned in your teams. We will also sometimes use case studies or scenarios to practice the skills you will have learned. Finally, all participants will be given an opportunity to host a section of a virtual meeting based on the virtual facilitation practices you will have learned, as a form of practicum.
You will be invoiced for the mini-course upon registration, once new course dates have been determined. We understand that there may be circumstances in which you may need to cancel. In that case, we are happy to issue refunds as long as you have notified us at least five (5) business days before the start date (minus a $50 administration fee.)
Use this form to enroll in your Mastering Your Virtual Team Leadership skills mini-course.
If you have any questions, you can use the form or you can email Tosca directly at firstname.lastname@example.org