Working within virtual teams is a ubiquitous reality for most organisations today. However, when people think of virtual teams, they think of everything that can go wrong and fear the disadvantages of working this way instead of looking at its potential.
How do you get the diversity within a team to flourish? And how do you, as a coach, win as much influence as possible within your organisation? The boundaries of an organisation are becoming less distinct: today’s companies are looking for collaboration and win-win formulas with competitors, customers and suppliers. To maintain a competitive advantage, a balanced relationship is needed with as many stakeholders as possible.
Our way of working has changed: volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous - that’s the world we’re all working in. We get out of bed, check our emails, grab breakfast and get in the car. Then we spend an hour or two in traffic before we finally arrive at our workplace. But we don’t give ourselves a chance of handling it if we simply sit behind a desk from 9-5. Instead, we work from anywhere at any time. But in a world where a lot of what we do is not tied to a specific place, does this make sense anymore?
Across the world, the gig economy is growing. By 2025, research suggests around 35% of the US population will be working as freelancers or independents. In the EU, these kinds of workers will account for 20% of the workforce. Which means that in the near future, many people won’t be in traditional employment. The trend is powered by a growing desire for flexibility. For individuals, gig working can be a route to a more meaningful worklife, or to prioritize the things that are important to them. For organisations, having access to gig workers means they only have to hire people as and when they need their skills.
There was a time when ‘leader’ meant ‘hero’ – that one person who ran the organisation and who had all the answers. But in today’s turbulent times, leadership is increasingly being understood as a collective responsibility. To survive uncertainty, we cannot sit around to wait for management decisions − we all have to develop a leadership mentality.
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