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How To Build Successful Virtual Teams

   

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Virtual Teams: Best Practice

The study is based on a sample of 54 teams in 26 companies who rarely if ever met as a whole face-to-face.

“Far-flung” teams are more productive than their face-to-face counterparts if they keep three practices:

  • They exploit diversity. The team can't just be diverse; it has to make the most of it. The best teams credit their creative breakthroughs to challenging people from different disciplines, cultures, and the like to come up with something better together.  >>>

  • They use pretty simple technology to simulate reality. By today’s standards, what they use is not very complicated. More than 80% of the teams use teleconference calls and shared websites. More than half used IM even when their companies prohibited it. Only a third used video conferencing. Some banned email.

  • They hold the team together. It takes a lot of communication. Some leaders spent as much as a third of their time just on the phone with team members.

 "The ratio of We's to I's is the best indicator
of the development of a team." 
~
Lewis B. Ergen

 

Strategies for Virtual Teams3

The following tips come from research into virtual teamwork.

  • Hold an initial face-to-face startup

  • Have periodic face-to-face meetings, especially to resolve conflict and maintain team cohesiveness

  • Establish a clear code of conduct or set of norms and protocols for behavior

  • Recognize and reward performance

  • Use visuals in communications

  • Recognize that most communications will be non-verbal ‒ use caution in tone and language

 

References:

1. Modern Management, Ninth Edition, Samuel C. Certo

2. The Four Keys To Success With Virtual Teams, Erin Meyer

3. Virtual Teams, David Gould

What Is a Virtual Team

A virtual team (also known as a geographically dispersed team or GDT) is a group of individuals who work across time, space and organizational boundaries with links strengthened by webs of communication technology. Virtual team members primarily interact electronically and may meet face-to-face occasionally.

Examples of virtual teams include a project team whose members telecommute and an innovation team of people working in different geographic locations.

Why Virtual Teams?

The number of virtual teams is increasing rapidly. Many companies pick members of project teams from across various global locations and have them communicate virtually thereby involving the best talents available and saving both time and money.

Selecting Team Members

In virtual teams, people know each other but all of them work independently from each other. Finding the key people to make up the virtual team is 95% of team management success. To select the right people, you must be clear about the key result areas and the standards of job performance. Judge people not only based on what they have actually accomplished in the past, but also on the basis of their attitude, capabilities, and self-leadership skills.

To achieve their goals in today's rapidly changing business environment, corporations form, reform, and dissolve virtual teams continually.

Leading a Virtual Team

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To succeed, a virtual team needs a common goal, a clear description of responsibilities of team members, a milestone chart, and adherence to best practices.

When your team members are not in one building but scattered among  remote locations or even all over the globe, different team leadership rules apply. A recent research shows that those skills are not simply different from those needed for running co-located teams; they are often the exact opposite.

When we communicate virtually, we become less influential. So a different style of managerial communication should be practiced when you lead a geographically scattered virtual team, especially a culturally diverse one.

 

 

In virtual teams, team leaders  Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book have to formalize roles and responsibilities better and create a highly defined process where team members deliver specific results in a repeated sequence. "You must lead differently. While co-located teams often benefit most from a leader who acts as a facilitator, virtual teams need a manager who provides clearly defined direction and removes all ambiguity from the process," says Erin Meyer2 from INSEAD.

You must also build trust differently. "Trust takes on a whole new meaning in virtual teams. When you meet your workmates by the water cooler or photocopier every day, you know instinctively who you can and cannot trust. In a geographically distributed team, trust is measured almost exclusively in terms of reliability," continues Erin Meyer. In multi-cultural global teams, different kinds of decision making process should be used.

 

 
   

 

     

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