Collaborating Remotely

Collaborating remotely has become quite normal by now. Yet, at the same time, it’s not quite the same. It’s a bit odd to only see the people you work with every day through a screen. Personally, I notice that the element of connection is sometimes missing, and that ultimately doesn’t contribute positively to collaboration and results. Moreover, you find yourself working with people more and more whom you’ve never met in person. I jokingly say that you need to have ‘smelled’ the other person to establish a bond, sort of sniffing each other out.

Unfortunately, this is not possible at the moment, and it’s a matter of making the best of the situation. Over the past period, I’ve received several requests to provide team training. Now that it’s not advisable to do this on location, I often get the reaction, ‘then let’s postpone it.’ Understandable, but on the other hand, it’s crucial in times like these to have conversations together! That’s why I often recommend going ahead with the training via Zoom or Teams. Of course, it’s more challenging to achieve a certain depth, but on the other hand, quite a bit is still possible!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve facilitated several training sessions online, and the responses have been very positive. Participants are often surprised by the possibilities of online interactions, leading to meaningful conversations and insights. Here are a few examples of the positive feedback received:

  • Taking the time as a team was excellent; I got to know and understand my colleagues better!
  • This training was a valuable addition to the team and collaboration.
  • It’s an enjoyable training that provides a good insight into the individuals working together in a team. Time flew by, and through fun exercises, you become familiar with the material.

So, my advice is not to wait until the team can physically come together again, especially since we don’t know how long this may take! If you want to know more, feel free to call me at +1721 586 0002 or email me at info@carpevita.sx.

Colorful Energy

Did you know that with more insight into your own color preferences and those of others, not only can you achieve better results, but you can also gain more energy? Read on!

In various team compositions and certain tasks, specific qualities are expected. These qualities can be linked to colors. When colors are well distributed in a team, it is effective for optimal collaboration. Different colors complement each other, ultimately leading to the best results. It is essential for people to have insight into their own preferences and those of others for successful collaboration. Otherwise, friction may arise due to misunderstandings.

Collaborating with opposite colors: a practical example

Anna’s preferred color is yellow; she is enthusiastic and sees opportunities everywhere. Whenever she has a new idea, she shares it enthusiastically with her team. Her colleague Bart prefers the color blue, and he believes it is crucial to thoroughly assess all risks before executing tasks. He is very meticulous in his work and pays attention to details.

Often, when Anna suggests a new idea, Bart starts asking questions. He questions whether everything has been thoroughly researched and whether the idea is feasible. This dampens Anna’s enthusiasm, and she often thinks, “Why are you nagging?” or “Can’t you just be enthusiastic for once?” Meanwhile, Bart is thinking, “Why don’t you research everything thoroughly before sharing it?” or “If I’m not there to slow her down, everything will go wrong.”

If the above situation occurs, what do you think will happen to the energy of Anna and Bart? And how productive will they be together? They don’t understand each other, feel unseen, and there is a high chance that frustration will set in. Ultimately, the likelihood of a fruitful collaboration is low. The more ideas Anna shares, the more Bart puts on the brakes. As a result, Anna’s enthusiasm wanes, and she stops sharing her ideas.

More Insight

But what if Anna is aware that she often has many ideas but needs someone who pays attention to details? And what if Bart is aware that he works very precisely but appreciates someone else bringing in ideas? In the above situation, they will perceive each other very differently.

If Anna has a new idea, she knows that Bart wants the idea to be well worked out, and no details overlooked. Bart is happy that Anna comes up with ideas and knows that she appreciates him asking all those questions. Ultimately, they will likely come up with a beautiful approach together. Not only that, they probably won’t experience an energy drain but an energy boost because they’ve created something beautiful together! And that’s how a colorful energy is born!

Do you and your team already have insight into the colors? Inquire about the possibilities via: petra@carpevita.sx or call: +1721 586 0002