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.
Why do so many managers of virtual teams forget that their team works virtually? When the manager sets aside the time and money to focus on a team building session, why do they fail to put ‘building virtual competence’ on the agenda? Perhaps because they do not realize that to work virtually is more than an