Creating Highly Functional Virtual Teams

Thursday, March 17, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Jennifer Hofmann, InSync Training

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Can a virtual team be as effective as a collocated team? This is a question that organizations are debating, and the arguments on both sides are compelling. Factors such as work-life balance and organizational savings need to be balanced with the value of face-to-face collaboration and managerial oversight.

Regardless of if you personally embrace the concept, you likely will be a member of a virtual team during your career. The reality is, a virtual team can be very effective if the correct conditions are met and maintained. It's about putting together the right personalities, ensuring that they have the right tools, and leading the team successfully.

This webcast will discuss the arguments for and against establishing a virtual team, and use real life examples to address six key enablers for success. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Form a virtual team by identifying the profile of an effective virtual team and its players, and how to engage existing team members in selecting new team members.
  • Enable a virtual team by ensuring that the right technologies and processes are in place to ensure success.
  • Maintain a virtual team by creating inter-reliability, trust, and teamwork.
  • Protect a virtual team by identifying and managing issues before they become destructive.
  • Lead a virtual team by establishing credibility while maintaining the right balance of oversight and empowerment.
  • Reward a virtual team by creating long-distance team-building opportunities.


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Jennifer Hofmann
Jennifer Hofmann

InSync Training

Jennifer Hofmann, a pioneer in the field of virtual classrooms, is the president of InSync Training, a consulting firm that specializes in the design and delivery of virtual and blended learning. Featured in Forbes’s Most Powerful Women issue (June 16, 2014) as a New England Women Business Leader, she has led InSync Training to the Inc. 5000 as the 10th fastest growing education company in the United States in 2013 and the 20th fastest growing education company in 2014.

Jennifer is the author of The Synchronous Trainer’s Survival Guide: Facilitating Successful Live and Online Courses, Meetings and Events; Live and Online! Tips, Techniques, and Ready-to-Use Activities for the Virtual Classroom; and How to Design for the Live Online Classroom: Creating Great Interactive and Collaborative Training Using Web Conferencing. Additionally, she is a chapter contributor to The Handbook of Blended Learning, The AMA Handbook of E-Learning, and The ASTD Handbook for Workplace Learning Professionals. With Nanette Miner, Jennifer co-authored Tailored Learning: Designing the Blend That Fits, a book focused on taking advantage of distributed technologies to create the best blended training solution possible. Her most recent projects include a monthly online Training magazine series titled Virtually There and her newest book, Body Language in the Bandwidth—How Facilitators, Producers, Designers, and Learners Connect, Collaborate & Succeed in the Virtual Classroom. Follow Jennifer Hofmann at her blog, Body Language in the Bandwidth, at http://blog.insynctraining.com or on Twitter @InSyncJennifer.