You are attending a meeting with your virtual team. Everything seems to be going well, and then the team leader mentions a decision she recently made about an interface element with another team. She had attended a regular meeting of the other team and provided them with an update on the progress of your team.
By Theresa Sigillito Hollema and Howard B. Esbin, PhD INTRODUCTION Whether you’re about to work with a virtual team or you’re already managing one, you likely know that the number one challenge is how to keep distant teammates connected, in tune, and motivated despite time zone spread and lack of traditional co-located
How would you feel and what would you do? You send an email to a colleague asking for her opinion. You think it is a quick question deserving a quick response. You know she is available to read the email as you see she is present on chat. She even sends an email reply –
How would you feel and what would you do? You are the leader of a virtual team with people located in 5 different countries. During the past weeks, you and the team have been working on the project plan, and today the tasks were assigned and agreed. The team members seemed ok with the workload.
Leading a virtual team is challenging – geographic distance, communication using technology, building trust for collaboration, cultural differences, competing priorities and local distractions are just a few of the headaches virtual teams encounter. Working on these issues as a team can have a beneficial impact and accelerate the team development process. Now I offer two