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21st Century Work Life and leading remote teams

Brought to you by Virtual not Distant, the 21st Century Work Life podcast looks at leading remote teams, online collaboration and working in distributed organisations.

Join Pilar Orti, guests & co-hosts as they shine the spotlight on the most relevant themes and news relevant to the modern knowledge worker.

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Jun 26, 2015

00:30 Pilar is thinking of creating an episode about the podcasts she listens to. For now, she recommends this episode from the Fizzle show. How to Deal With a Job You Loathe.

04:45 Teambuilding as a process and how the VIRTUAL not Distant model supports teambuilding in virtual teams. 

11:18 Pilar talks about the new course on leading virtual teams. (Skip this part if you're not interested.)

18:05 How to get in touch with LIsette and Pilar.

18:30 Pilar and Lisette talk about the weather - can you believe it?

19:40 Lisette talks about her Work Together Anywhere Learning Camp in Stockholm with Knowit.

23:05 What do we mean by teambuilding? It's not just a one-off activity but an ongoing process.

Is it easier to find time to spend time together online, in virtual teams than organising quality face to face time in colocated ones?

29:20 Making room for teambuilding - for intuition and things that happen organically in the co-located space.

Knowing how to talk to each other when we have a problem.

Sometimes it's sharing vulnerability that it allows us to get to know each other better.

Sharing personal information vs being personable and allow yourself to be known.

35:26 Virtual team building activities: Lisette talks

Have a group chat tool. Have a channel for non-work related conversations - check out the episode on Onboarding.
Have a social network, like Yammer, if you want have longer and multiple conversations.
Create Personal Maps and revisit them after you update them, every few months. Revisit your teambuilding activities and tools when the team changes, eg when someone joins.

Your team dynamics will change depending on the work arrangements in your team.

Try tools out but don't overburden your team.

Can we use moaning to build our team?

48:55 Lisette's experience with a great virtual manager.

Who's responsible for teambuilding? Everyone!

53: 40 Value stories - values in virtual teams drive how we make decisions together. Lisette tells a great Jurgen story. Leading by example.

Teambuilding is also about paying attention to the individual and building connections between individuals.

Has the word "teambuilding" lost its meaning?

Lisette talks about some activities to accelerate teambuilding. What's the point of doing them?

Online meetings are an opportunity for teambuilding.

01:09:35 The End! It was a long one...