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
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
Currently I am participating in an online course that is shaking up the thoughts in my head in a good way. The course is titled We Will Dance with Mountains, and I recommend it for those who want to think about their place and impact in the world. One section covers our generally accepted
How effective are your communication channels with your virtual team? Does bad news come to you quickly or are you often surprised? Have you invested in creating effective communication channels with your virtual team? Recently Surinder Kahai and I started the interview phase of our book writing process (on leading virtually across cultures) as a means
Have you heard a good story lately? Most of us love to hear a good story, and we all have a great story to tell – our own. Barker and Gower show through the Narrative Paradigm Theory that story telling is a cross-culturally accepted communication tool and a quick method to build relationships, especially in a diverse environment.