The Johari Window as a Tool for Virtual Teams
At the Society of Intercultural Education Training and Research (SIETAR) Europa’s recent congress, there were several presentations on virtual teamwork. I was honoured to have the opportunity to present on the topic as well.
Building trust is key in successful virtual teamwork. One of the ways to build trust can be by using the Johari Window, a model from 1955. When using the Johari Window, we can also take the opportunity to go beyond the model, which shows us how team members see each other and how they see themselves. While the Johari Window helps us see our blind spots and helps facilitate discussions about how can improve our teamwork, it can miss out on the personal touch that helps in virtual team building. That’s why I recommend those who are conducting a Johari Window for their virtual team to take the opportunity to add in some questions to engage in some enriching team-building discussions as well.
Click the link to read more about my presentation at the SIETAR Europa congress in Dublin, on the Johari Window and beyond.
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