As we all shift our collaboration to online meetings there are a few key things to consider to optimize our time for productivity. Check out the tips below:

  • Start meetings with some social time – or better yet a fun icebreaker activity that either gets people moving or creating in some way. For example use the white board feature of online meeting platforms to play pictionary or hangman!
  • Be sure to use the most effective platform for the communication purpose i.e. video conference for meetings, email for information sharing, project management tools like Trello for task delegation/ tracking and tools like Slack for day-to-day and conversational collaboration
  • Create an agenda for video conferences that carves out time for information sharing, questions, opinions + social
  • Test technology before beginning collaboration in real time and have the host start the meeting 15 minutes before to allow participants to log on and troubleshoot in advance

Effective collaboration is borne from time spent together where everyone feels included and able to participate in an environment that is light, supportive, creative and social. This IS POSSIBLE online – it just takes a little more intention!


When it comes to maximizing the potential of your team, there are many considerations around how to properly motivate the individuals in order to get the best work out of the collective.  With the advent of social distancing, as a manager you need to adapt to the reduced interaction, which may come down to an hour or two of online meetings. In order to keep your team at peak performance, you also need to understand how each of the individuals will adapt to these changes as well. Without true face-to-face interaction and a direct line of sight on your team, it can be quite challenging to effectively manage them as they work remotely.  

Check out this great resource from Wiley Everything DiSC on how to tailor your video conferences to be effective for every DiSC Style. Not familiar with DiSC but want to know more? Check out the video below, we can provide further insight -or- ask the team at the Sandbox team about it. We’ve put them through the process and in their own words “it has become part of our culture and daily interactions, it may have even saved some of us our jobs!” (kidding – not kidding!)

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What is DiSC®?

The DiSC assessment, published by Wiley, is a non-judgmental tool used for discussion of people’s behavioural differences. If you participate in a DiSC program, you’ll be asked to complete a series of questions that produce a detailed report about your personality and behaviour. You’ll also receive tips related to working with people of other styles.

Note: Information here applies only to Everything DiSC and DiSC Classic assessments. It’s likely that other tests using the name DISC have not been researched and validated to the depth of Wiley’s DiSC products. Botree Inc. is an authorized partner.

The DiSC® model provides a common language that people can use to better understand themselves and to adapt their behaviours with others — within a work team, a sales relationship, a leadership position, or other relationships.

DiSC profiles help you and your team:

  • Increase your self-knowledge: how you respond to conflict, what motivates you, what causes you stress, and how you solve problems
  • Improve working relationships by recognizing the communication needs of team members
  • Facilitate better teamwork and teach productive conflict
  • Develop stronger sales skills by identifying and responding to customer styles
  • Manage more effectively by understanding the dispositions and priorities of employees and team members

About the contributors:

Teena Sauve

Co-Founder & Senior Advisor

Co-Founder and Sr. Advisor of Botree, Teena Sauve is a driven entrepreneur with a diverse background. Starting her career in the armed forces, Teena has carved out a unique career path that has amassed her experience in healthcare,  corporate management, business development, leadership coaching and not-for-profit. This plural skill set has led to her vocation, optimizing businesses through people and process. Her professional career developed alongside her passion for community networks with an undeniable synchronicity. 

Over the past decade Teena has cultivated a grassroots not-for-profit organization aptly named WE Unite. With the organization’s 10th anniversary upcoming in 2020, WE Unite has begun the process to become a registered charity. The organization’s 300 members have made a significant impact on the region through fundraising for local families, hands-on volunteerism, female empowerment initiatives and charity collaborations that have gained them recognition both municipally and provincially. WE Unite’s mission is to “make a difference through purpose” and have a vision to see every community in Canada host a branch of their grassroots community group.

Jesse Kerr – Creative Commissioner | Sandbox Centre

Jesse is always multitasking.. . . and seems to thrive when juggling priorities and deadlines.  He’d tell you he’s adaptable because he builds in room for error, adjustment, improvement, alteration and mitigation of foreseeable road blocks into his vision. However, anything that falls outside of this range of acceptability is quickly dispatched because “ain’t nobody got time for that”! He’s not good at collaborating in large groups – but he sure is good at entertaining them!  We’re pleased to offer you his perspective that includes his margin for error; alongside an imagineered vision of greatness. Question is – are we going for good, better or best? Cheers!

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