New communities are forming around Cleantech, wellbeing, cooking, sports, game industry and research in variety of different platforms. Professionally, collaboration in virtual platforms is a way to make it in global markets, for experts, researchers and for businesses. Virtual collaboration globally builds your reputation, expand your networks and start new business relationships. You can aim at deepening the existing networks, professionally or privately. In online worlds it is possible to share, to grow, to learn, to collaborate and to build new relationships across the globe- professionally and privately. This is how many of the new products, services and business concept are born.
Organizations have transformed to suit the global market place at different levels, and virtual collaboration is now increasingly utilized in global businesses. Virtual collaboration offers more possibilities to benefit from experts working across the globe, increasing adaptability, flexibility, agility and speed.
Virtual Collaboration enables people to make a difference.
How to measure success in virtual collaboration? There are at least three ways to measure success. In successful virtual collaboration:
- The final result meets the original business targets and goals. Exceeding the clients and colleague´s expectations is all the better.
- The way of work, should be organized in such way that individuals are able to use their knowledge to their full potential or even better – exceeding their limits and growing professionally as well is preferred. In virtual platform this means that achievements should become visible and experts perspectives should be asked and evaluated.
- The overall experience of the collaboration should satisfy people´s professional interests and needs. Personal feelings of trust are definitely a plus. In order to enable affective trust, also informal communication without agendas is needed.
Virtual collaboration is also about promoting your competence and growing professionally. If you want to be trusted as professional, and seen as competent and reliable colleague or boss, you need to make your experience and achievements visible. After that, peoples´ expectations need to be fulfilled.
Personal touch and feelings in communication count; Trust enables collaboration and it is a very personal and also affective based feeling. It is typical for trust, that it is either increasing or decreasing. Therefore regular updates, personal touch and consistency in communication counts. You also need to deliver what you promised. Connection to others is a basic human need. Fundamental motivation for all is basically to be liked, to succeed and to be approved by others.
In virtual collaboration, listening and creating a shared understanding through communication counts. It is not that simple, if you don´t know the context or the colleague well enough. Different platforms and communities have different ways to interact and different fields have different languages and professional terminology, which you do need to know before you can truly listen and understand and contribute to the discussions.
People build their identity in virtual communities through liking, not liking, belonging to groups, statements they are making and content they are sharing. Virtual platforms are a place to connect, to be seen and heard, to do business, to build relationships and to find common ground between people across the globe.
What is your role in Solved community now? What would like it to be? Is there something you would love to share and do, but don´t have a way to do it? Let me know and we can find a way. We are just about to start a new era at Solved with new services, better engagement and more impact.
Through developing a global community of experts, who solve sustainability challenges, we can impact positively to the environment and to your career and we can boost your presence in social media communities. For me Solved the Cleantech Company community offers a way to change the world as a Community Manager.
It is fascinating to work in a highly competent team of likeminded professionals. And if you aren´t in Solved yet, why not join the community today? Let me know! 🙂
Let´s stay in touch!
CCO, Community Manager at Solved the Cleantech Company
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