Having just revisited Grundfos — the world’s leading resource preserver and pump provider — for another high-potential assignment, our discussion came across the conclusions from a previous Grundfos workshop on Distance Leadership.
Working with Rikke Lindekilde (seen here in a Workshop at CfL), we developed four primary initiatives recommended to the effective leader with two our more teams across several time zones:
- Develop a clear Contract of Collaboration where the team addresses all virtual leadership aspects and engagements. Make sure both technical and personal preferences are included.
- Institute Planned Pitstops to strengthen production capacity in the P:PC balance; make them short and relevant to capture the vibes not available as the catch capability of the “corner of your eye” is jeopardized by physical distance.
- Analyze Skill and Will in all interpersonal relations, regardless of time and place — and do consider the matching media choice as a tradeoff between the medias ability to address factual vs emotional content.
- Reinforce interdependent team activities without your direct involvement; make the team leaders interact and solve business problems without your direct involvement as anything but council and proud receiver of their conclusions.
Visually the conclusion i summarized in these four icons, designed specifically for Grundfos: