Rick Hennessey is a Product Strategist at WANDR, with experience in sales, marketing, and engineering. In this episode, Rick and our host Jinny Oh discuss the benefits of building good collaborative processes and some of the challenges of remote work.
One of the biggest challenges in remote work is an emphasis on collaboration, working with other people in a cohesive relationship when you are not physically present can be challenging for teams to connect effectively. Being able to collaborate allows us to create the greatest results. Ensuring each team member is included in the process with more of a dialogue and transparency.
How does a team emphasize Collaboration when working remotely?
Remote collaboration can be successful when there is a sense of vulnerability brought to the table, and humility for ideas to flourish with extensive thought to them, it’s almost like a subtle form of dance that occurs when trying to solve problems with teams.
When beginning a project with a team it is important to see the work as a sort of movement, where we can all work towards a common goal, but also ensure the team is enjoying the process at the same time. A key ingredient to this method is having trust in your conductor as we say or in working terms your boss who leads you. Trusting that the work that you’re doing will be great and worth it! “We can’t have one without the other” mindset and leaning on your team to build ideas and work through them can lead to successful results.
How can a leader implement this in their team’s daily workflow?
Practicing and showing your team by example can be the best method for implementing the idea that you are all working towards a greater cause. Admitting your mistakes is another great way to lead by example and be accountable for your mistakes, holding to your word. Provide a space for your team to express their feelings and essentially be human, mistakes will happen, but supporting them in their errors and successes can bring a sense of comradery.
As a leader, keeping people accountable and not doubting your team to keep moving forward benefits the team from a broader perspective. Essentially even if your team is failing by taking risks and trying new ideas, the team can still be failing forward in a sense. Certain organizations and their structure can lend themselves to accountability and collaboration more easily, for example, a hierarchical structure with tons of leads and directors can tend to have more friction in the collaborative process as opposed to an organization with a flat structure with fewer hoops to jump through in order to bring ideas to life.
With the rise of remote work and having to constantly adjust to new environments, finding time to focus on the collaborative part of the process is important in developing a happy and efficient team. Leaders who want to adapt to the new way of working can find success in trusting your team, supporting their ideas, and carefully implementing good accountability methods to ensure tasks are completed. As Rick discusses his beliefs and methods in collaboration within a remote organization, he too believes you can thrive when your team’s voice is heard. A happy team makes for the best results!
Check out our Podcast Episode 8 on Remote Work and Team Collaboration with Rick Hennessey.
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