• Olivier S.E. Courtois

Leading Virtual Teams Requires More Self-Discipline!

Updated: Dec 22, 2020

The Corona crisis has accelerated the trend toward online collaboration. Organizations are questioning the use of office space. They reflect on new ways to better blend in situ and remote work. One comment I have heard a few times is that remote work turns out to be more difficult with younger people. Is this something you have experienced? For me, these comments suggest that we may not fully apprehend the implications of remote ‘management’. As we all know, management is a succession of interventions that go from annual discussions to regular updates, feedback, and continuous adjustments. Their form and frequency will depend on the level of competence and self-confidence of the person we manage. Very often, part of this process is left to chance rather than structured and calendarized. When we work together in the same location, we can compensate for the lack of management self-discipline with continuous adjustments. But when we work with virtual teams, we cannot catch the multiple signals that we get in situ. Therefore, it is essential to have a clear and calendarized management plan (e.g.: daily calls). With all direct reports, but particularly with those with less experience. What is your view on this? #workfromhome #onlinecollaboration #virtualteams #leadership #remotework

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