How we use tools and why we use them is more important than which tools we use
In a recent post, I talked about the physical workspace of a remote worker. In this post, I want to talk about the virtual environment, the digital tools, that make up the other half of her workspace.There are tons of tool lists on the internet, each with a great rationale of why you should be using a specific set of tools. Amidst all this information, how do we choose which tools we really need?
There are tons of tool lists on the internet, each with a great rationale of why you should be using a specific set of tools. Amidst all this information, how do we choose which tools we really need? Continue reading “You do not need tools, you need to connect with people”
For some time, we have been observing a general tendency within society to seek simple and clear-cut solutions to complex questions. And, when you think of trust in distributed teams, there seems to be a similar approach. The work situation in those teams is usually quite complex: Team members work in several locations and different times zones. Teams consist of members with different national and corporate backgrounds. The channels of (mostly virtual) communication are thin. When team leaders have questions about building trust in their distributed teams, they usually opt for fast and preferably simple solutions, such as tools and checklists. This is understandable, considering the pressure they feel. They quickly have to deliver ambitious results in their projects or in matrix organizations. Continue reading “Trust in remote teams: Three tools and the larger picture”
We will be talking more about Building Trust in Remote Teams in our upcoming webinar on Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (CEST).
This webinar will take a close look at the concept of trust in teams and its importance for virtual collaboration. Among others, we will examine the questions: Can a team be productive without trust? What is trust? How do you make sure trust is established in your team?
As in all our webinars we will not only share and discuss the concept, but also share a tool that you can apply in your own team context.