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Leading Virtual Teams: An Emerging Leadership Competency

Working remotely, either by telecommuting or on virtual teams is rapidly becoming the norm for today’s professionals. The continuing pace of globalization and advances in telecommunication technology will make telecommuting and virtual team work even more appealing both to individuals and organizations in the years ahead. Recent research suggests that 80 % of managers work virtually at least part of the time and 63% are members of global virtual teams, while 40% of virtual team members feel their teams are underperforming. In order for organizations to reap the benefits of virtual work, it needs people who are not only technically adept but who are able to forge relationships and generate results despite being geographically apart. People who are able to work with and lead within this emerging reality will be at a premium.

Date/Time (2 Virtual sessions of 90 minutes each): TBA
Date (classroom workshop): April 10-11, 2013
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (plus 90 minute virtual webinar sessions prior to and after the workshop: April 4 & May 3 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm)
Location: 688 Sherbrooke West
Fee: $ 895 CAD plus applicable taxes


Description

Many employers are recognizing the benefits of virtual teams; working and leading virtually is quickly becoming an emerging criterion for hiring and promotion decisions. This workshop offers insight into the nature of virtual teams and will equip you with the tools needed to develop competency in building and leading high performing virtual teams.


Who Should Attend

This workshop is for any professional who is called upon to work remotely or lead others virtually, either formally or informally.


Objectives

At the end of this workshop the participants will be able to:

  • Appreciate how traditional and virtual teams are similar/different
  • Decide when virtual teams are needed
  • Use a 4-step process to analyse virtual teams
  • Select and use a variety of tools appropriately to meet virtual team needs
  • Behave in ways that generate trust in others when working/leading virtually
  • Strengthen communication in virtual environment
  • Adopt ten principles of leading virtually
  • Leverage the advantages and minimize the disadvantages of working virtually
  • Plan and lead effective virtual team meetings
  • Assess and improve virtual team performance
  • Create a personal development action plan to increase their effectiveness as a virtual team member and leader

Topics Covered

  • Traditional vs. Virtual Teams
  • Types of Virtual Teams
  • Critical Success Factors for Virtual Teams
  • Synchronous & Asynchronous Technologies
  • Crossing Cultural Boundaries
  • Team Member Roles & Competencies
  • Team Leader Roles & Competencies
  • Creating Virtual Teams
  • Trust Building
  • Virtual Team Meetings
  • Virtual Team Dynamics
  • Managing Virtual Team Performance
  • Continuous Learning

Facilitator

Robert E. Saggers, PhD, CMC

Bob is founder and principal associate of Robert Saggers & Associates, Learning-Leadership Consultants Inc. A certified management consultant, he has gained expertise in organizational learning and leadership-management development over the last thirty years as a corporate human resource manager, consultant, and adult educator. Training and coaching virtually is representing an increasing percentage of his consulting practice. A life-long learner, he completed at doctorate in instructional psychology and adult education at McGill University in 2009; his doctoral thesis investigated leadership learning and effectiveness. He has been teaching graduate workshops in human resource management and leadership at McGill’s School of Continuing Education since 1988 and was appointed adjunct professor by its Faculty of Education in 2010. Additionally, he has and continues to play a leading role developing others in professional and volunteer-based organizations.


Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing. The following Cancellation Policy applies:

Up to 14 days prior to the start date: Full refund
7 days prior to the start date: Refund minus $100 Cancellation fee
Within 7 days of the start date: No Refund, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted

If no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee.

McGill SCS reserves the right to cancel an event up to 5 days prior to its start.


Contact Information

Telephone: 514-398-5454

E-mail: pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca