Join Bob McGannon for an in-depth discussion in this video Using your intuition, part of Managing Virtual Teams.
Have you ever worn a white shirt, spilled your coffee on it and said, "Darn, I knew that was going to happen!" Well that's a simple example. Chances are you've done something like that on a professional level. You've had a gut feeling about working or not working with a client. Hiring or not hiring an employee. By definition, intuition is a direct perception of a truth. A keen or quick insight. The point here is you probably know more than you think you do when it comes to your remote team and that's an important thing to realize.
I'd like to encourage you to believe in and trust your intuition. And then actually do something with it. I'll go through some questions about your team and then about your projects. With your answers, you'll hopefully walk away willing to trust your gut feelings and put them to good use when it comes to creating and managing a productive team of remote employees. First, let's talk about your team. I'm going to ask you a series of questions and as I do, jot down your answers.
Who on your team works best independently? Who are excellent communicators? Which team members need collaboration to be productive? Who is really good at leading productive collaboration? Who speaks and asks questions upfront? Who listens and processes information before speaking? Which team members are better suited for client-facing engagements? Who are better writers? Who are more creative? Who are more decisive? Keep your answers handy as we go through this second series of questions.
These are about your projects. So same as before, jot down your answers. What projects should be worked on independently? Which projects require a lot of client interaction? What projects will require collaboration? Which elements of your projects require decision making? Which elements of your projects require innovation, planning, and design? Which elements of your projects will require documentation and editing? Do you have projects where communicating status or progress to other teams is important? What projects require the most collaboration with other teams? The first set of questions is more intuitive.
Based on your insight of your team members from your perspective as manager. The second is a bit more about facts. Most likely based on requirements for any of the projects you're working on. These two sets of questions can support you in combining your intuition with facts. To help you make more productive decisions as a manager. Finally, let's talk about using this information. The first set of your answers focuses on the who. And the second set focus on the what.
Your most creative team members might be excellent candidates for working on your projects that require innovation, planning, and design. Your best writer or writers might be a good fit for composing and editing documentation for your projects. It's not meant to be an exact science, but it is intended to be a start so you can use and relate to your intuition as one of your managerial tools. What I have presented here is but one small example. Hopefully you could tap a much broader set of intuitive knowledge you can use as a resource that will work in your favor.
So, next time you know you're going to spill the coffee, wear your dark shirt.
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