Roles in Virtual Teams

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a role as: a character assigned or assumed or b) a socially expected behavior pattern usually determined by an individual’s status in a particular society or c) a part played by an actor or singer a function or part performed especially in a particular operation or process Within any organization, team […]

Goals, Sub-Goals and Tasks – Chunking

‘Chunking’ is a concept from cognitive psychology, meaning “a process by which individual pieces of an information set are broken down and then grouped together.” (Source: Wikipedia) In relation to goals – chunking can help you to make the connection between your overarching goals (those big ticket items from your bucket list), sub-goals (milestones along the way to […]

Commitment

The 5 Frogs There are five frogs sitting on a log. Three of the frogs decide to jump off. How many frogs are left on the log?   If you answered “two”, you join over 90% of the people who answer this question wrongly. The correct answer is five, because deciding to jump off and jumping off […]

How do Rewards and Consequences Work?

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There is no doubt that the rewards and consequences that come from our actions affect the way we behave. Different fields of academic research have studied how exactly rewards and consequences affect behavior over time. Here are a couple of theories to consider: “Pain and pleasure govern us in all we do, in all we […]

Clarity

Why are Goals Important? Imagine Brady Ellison, one of the best archers in the world, who is so talented, he hits the bullseye on the target almost every time. Now, imagine we blindfold Brady, spin him around a few times and ask him to hit the bullseye. What do you think will happen? Realistically, Brady will be […]

Know & Support Your Team

Understand Personality Styles  Understanding your team’s diverse personality traits can help you anticipate how they will respond to certain challenges and opportunities. Knowing what makes people tick, where their growing edges are and where they bring value allows you to make wise and helpful decisions when it comes to strategy, communication, and management.  There are […]

Understanding Boundaries for Virtual Teams

As virtual teams, our personal and professional lives are more closely entwined than perhaps ever before. This can bring some positives, but also brings challenges that can be mitigated by maintaining healthy boundaries. Establishing boundaries between work and personal life, when often these take place in the same physical and digital spaces, needs a careful […]

Keeping Healthy While Working Remotely

Sitting in one position the entire day is bad for your body and mind. Your body becomes stiff and sluggish without regular movement and so does your mind! Try scheduling some kind of movement into your day, whether it is a lunchtime walk around your neighborhood or a fifteen-minute workout in your afternoon break. Physical […]

Knowing Your Most Productive Time of the Day

We all have times during the day when we feel more alert, engaged and productive than others. Your circadian rhythm is the natural ebb and flow of energy throughout the day and night that causes this variation in alertness and focus. Working with, rather than against your natural circadian rhythms is a good way to […]

Communicating in a Virtual Environment

Good communication is absolutely critical to being an effective virtual team member. In a remote working environment, you cannot just visit a colleague at their desk to sort out an issue that has arisen or chat about your progress with a client at the water cooler. Added to this, communication often takes place by written […]