Virtual Symposium Reflective Blog Post

Farewell first week!

This week was an interesting week, as I was able to watch 12 videos this week. Some were live and some were recordings. I found it interesting that I actually preferred the live sessions versus the recorded sessions. I found myself enjoying the conversation and questions, following with other students thoughts and then trying to add to those questions or conversations. 

There was one presentation that I found especially intriguing, it was the “Key Success Factors for Virtual Teams” by Trish Dyck. As someone who has been involved with teams for majority of my life, whether through sports, online education, or work, I was very drawn to this topic. The idea of approaching learning with “a sense of curiousity” (Dyck, 2019) in order to figure out what style of teamwork works for me, was eye opening. I have always been a consistent learner, no matter what the type of educational delivery, I always followed the same pattern. I am very eager to try out some of the processes that Trish mentioned, including; “building a structure for the team, looking at relational processes, and using a team agreement to build a psychologically safe space” (Dyck, 2019).

Building a “psychologically safe space” (Dyck, 2019) was something that really triggered me. For good and bad reasons. Good because I feel like this is such an important concept and something that is not really considered when working in groups. There is this fairness and sense of equality between peers that should be prevalent. Bad because I have been that person that didn’t comfortable sharing due to feeling threatened and judged by my peers.

Once I finished this session, I started looking into the idea of a “psychologically safe space” (Dyck, 2019). I found this great article written in Forbes called “How To Build Work Cultures of Psychological Safety Rather Than Fear” (Caprino, 2018). Caprino’s article was an interview with Amy Edmondson and to say that I was blown away is an understatement. There were so many great points that allowed me to continue on my thoughts regarding this topic. “They are less worried about protecting their image and more focused on doing great work” (Caprino, 2018). This seems a like an obvious concept, and yet, teammates suffer. I believe we need to start with trust. By building trust, we may be able to avoid a normal course of human nature to be defensive and cautious. 

I found this one line summarized what I need to focus on within the “building a structure” (Dyck, 2019) phase with my teams, “Building a culture of psychological safety, paradoxically, starts with being open and explicit about the many challenges that lie ahead” (Caprino, 2018). This ties to having aligning personal and team goals and focusing on the “relational processes” (Dyck, 2019) in order to have a strong team structure built on trust by integrating an effective team agreement. 



Dyck,T. (2019,April 17). Key Success Factors for Virtual Teams. Retrieved from



Caprino, K. (2018, December 20). How To Build Work Cultures Of Phsychological Safety Rather Than

             Fear. Retrieved from Forbes:



One thought to “Virtual Symposium Reflective Blog Post”

  1. Hi Leigha,
    I am so thrilled that you found the virtual symposium valuable, and that Trish’s presentation caused you to be inspired to dig deeper into the notion of creating safe spaces in teams (virtual and f2f). Thanks for sharing the article you found and I am interested to hear if you have any others that you have found useful if you have continued to dig ;). Here are a few that I have used in the past that might be interesting to you – see what you think!

    Kimble, C (2011). Building effective virtual teams: How to overcome the problems of trust and
    identity in virtual teams. Global Business and Organizational Excellence, 30(2), 2011, pp. 6-
    15. DOI: 10.1002/joe.20364


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