Maximizing Productivity and Innovation in Your Virtual Teams
Whether your teams are miles apart or sit down the hall from one another, managing the virtual workforce is one of the top priorities for leadership around the world.
"Any person who uses a smartphone, laptop, tablet, PDA, or other device for most of their work and communications is a virtual worker. So it's likely that practically every team in your organization is a virtual team."
While flexible, virtual, and distributed work has brought many benefits, it has also created a host of ‘human’ challenges. Top among them: maximizing productivity and innovation. The good news is that performance on these critical success factors can be improved, often dramatically, through the application of Virtual Distance management principles. For example, when organizations reduce virtual distance, innovation rises by 90%, on-time, on-budget project delivery increases by over 60%, and customer satisfaction can go up by as much as 80%.
This highly interactive one‐day program offers participants a unique set of management tools and practices. During the session Karen Sobel Lojeski explodes the myths that lead organizations down the wrong paths, paths that hinder growth and innovation.
The multi-dimensional Virtual Distance Model provides a ground‐breaking approach to help leaders reimagine virtual workplace challenges. Based on quantitative evidence of the effects of Virtual Distance on critical success factors, participants learn to leverage this proven methodology to improve performance.
The workshop is delivered through the use of presentations, case studies and group exercises. Participants get a chance to learn from each other and develop solutions based on the tools and practices presented. Topics include:
- The Rise of Virtual Distance – as virtual, networked organizational structures flatten hierarchies, traditional management models lose their effectiveness
- Measuring Virtual Distance – participants are given the opportunity to have their groups take the Virtual Distance Index Survey which is used to develop solutions unique to their situation (see below)
- Mapping Virtual Distance – participants learn how to pinpoint and prioritize Virtual Distance in their organizations in order to take direct measures to reduce it
- Managing Virtual Distance – participants create a Virtual Distance Management Plan to improve performance within their organization
Participants will receive their own customized Virtual Distance Index and Impact Analysis report. A sample team from each organization will be invited to take the Virtual Distance Index Survey. Virtual Distance International (VDI) will analyze this data, summarize the results, and participants will receive summary reports and use their own data to work with Virtual Distance Management solutions such as Virtual Distance Mapping and Management Planning toolkits.
This one-day course, facilitated by Karen Sobel Lojeski, costs $1,095 per person. CIMS Sponsor Companies and Babson College and VDI affiliates will receive a 10% discount. Contact CIMS for discount code prior to registering online. Fees include materials, breaks, and lunch at the world-ranked Babson Executive Conference Center.
New 2013 dates to be determined