Master of
Finance (MFin)

September

Virtual Teams

Virtual teams have different benefits and challenges than in-person teams, and getting consistently high performance in virtual teams demands being intentional and deliberate in building a team infrastructure that solves for distance and time in collaboration. This module focuses on the essentials of online teamwork to allow participants to orchestrate strong remote collaboration and collaborative outcomes, and avoid common pitfalls of virtual teams (e.g., breakdowns in communication, feeling of disconnection, a deterioration of team culture). Students learn how to adapt to the challenges of virtual work, how to implement best communication practices, as well as strategies to remotely nurture culture and belonging in teams.
• Duration: 1H
• Participants: up to 60 students


January

Presentations

Students get individualized feedback on their performance during a presentation, including body language, tone, eye contact, verbal habits, and overall rapport and connectedness with the audience. They receive precise, timely, individualized feedback guided by a framework that challenges them to consider the impact that everything they say and do in public has on the effectiveness and efficacy of their communication, and the persuasiveness of their presentation. They will leave the session in possession of a communication compass - a set of structured questions that will help them model and understand their intent and purpose in making a presentation, and the degree to which the presentation itself achieves your purpose.
• Material: a video of your team presentation
• Duration: 1H
• Participants: A team (3-5 students)

February

Making Groupwork Work

Participants receive individualized feedback on their interactions with teammates during a real-time (in-person or online) group problem-solving session. The focus is on what interactions communicate implicitly about us and our approach to professional relationships. In the session, we explore how different ways of interacting can interfere with collaborative work. Through detailed analysis of the video-recordings of the interactions with teammates, participants will learn about how they manage the complex and often hidden interpersonal dynamics involved in collaborative work. They will leave the session with a framework to help them map and manage interpersonal complexity for the purpose of improved relationships and team performance.
• Duration: 1H
• Participants: A team (3-5 students)

Contact


Rotman School of Management,
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON M5S 3E6