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Procrastination in global virtual teams: why it is not inevitable | Move Ahead Global

Procrastination in global virtual teams: why it is not inevitable | Move Ahead Global | Leading Virtual Teams | Scoop.it
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Interesting perspective on distraction and thinking style

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Resolutions: Female Entrepreneurs Are Key to Sustainable Global Development

Resolutions: Female Entrepreneurs Are Key to Sustainable Global Development | Leading Virtual Teams | Scoop.it

Via Belinda MJ.B
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Love the infographic - it says it all.

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8 Keys to Maintain Your Culture in Virtual Teams | The Leadership Advisor

8 Keys to Maintain Your Culture in Virtual Teams | The Leadership Advisor | Leading Virtual Teams | Scoop.it
8 Keys to Maintain Your Culture in Virtual Teams - #humanbiz #CEO #SHRM http://t.co/bzkbQBs7ou

Via Gudrun Hoehne
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I especially like the point about the need to gain feedback twice as often if you are leading virtually: stop texting, stop reading and responding to emails and listen.

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Gudrun Hoehne's curator insight, March 17, 7:21 AM

I can only agree: Micromanaging is a killer for virtual teams. Trust and delegating responsibility are key factors for success in virtual teams.

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Managing 24/7 Pressure in Global Virtual Teams | Move Ahead Global

Managing 24/7 Pressure in Global Virtual Teams | Move Ahead Global | Leading Virtual Teams | Scoop.it
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I like the content because it reflects reality now, not text book theory.

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Virtual conflict resolution - ITworld.com

Virtual conflict resolution - ITworld.com | Leading Virtual Teams | Scoop.it
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This is the scenario facing individual contributors, managers, and senior executives that work on virtual teams for companies with international reach.
Clare McNamara's insight:

“You get more bees with honey than vinegar” says it all. Good point too about making sure your intention is to genuinely build trust and not just to manipulate.

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Leading Virtual Teams: Key Questions to Drive Success | Move Ahead Global

Leading Virtual Teams: Key Questions to Drive Success | Move Ahead Global | Leading Virtual Teams | Scoop.it
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Arie Baan's curator insight, July 23, 2013 12:24 PM

In my work with virtual teams I have found questions such as the one in the top graph of the article "Which of these is the biggest challenge you face when working in a virtual team? " to be great conversation starters.

Ask team members to think about this a pre-work and send it in. Collate the responses, and start the discussion. This works like a dream in most cases to bring out the real issues in a virtual team.

Luís Cochofel's curator insight, July 26, 2013 5:14 AM

This is a very interesting example of what I think Linked In can offer any of us who want to take advantage - by WORKING - of its tools. My friend @Clare McNamara and her partner Monica Garcia-Romero have taken the results of a poll they've ran here on LI and are now offering us all, not only a summary of what happened, but the correct demonstration of what they do, what they love doing, and how they see it. They've even gone a bit further, thanking in private, those who - like me - have participated in it.

Clare McNamara's comment, August 6, 2013 2:17 AM
Thank you Arie, Luís and Daniel for your contributions to this debate. Monica and I are running a workshop on the topic at the W.I.N. Global Conference in October in Prague. We will be asking more questions and hope to gather some great insights from those currently working in virtual teams. Watch this space!
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The challenges of leading a global team

The challenges of leading a global team | Leading Virtual Teams | Scoop.it
Katherine Tulpa advises on how to overcome blurred boundaries to successfully lead a global team.
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More reflections on the need to think differently when leading in the virtual space. Having a high self-awareness is essential. I would also add the ability to question. As Katharine says, challenge the status quo. 

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The transition from working locally to working virtually and globally – Key points for success | Danu Consulting

The transition from working locally to working virtually and globally – Key points for success | Danu Consulting | Leading Virtual Teams | Scoop.it
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The point about sticking to boundaries on time zones, and role-modelling them, is well made.

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How to make virtual teams work! (part 2) | OrgChanger

This second part of the blog post looks at how to make virtual teams work. Don't miss the first part: “Why virtual teams fail“. Telecommuting is on the rise. It leads to more 'virtual teams', which means co-workers collaborate ...
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Definitely worth reading if you are seroious about understanding the 'why' as well as the 'what' of successful virtual team leadership.

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How to Manage Conflict in Virtual Teams

How to Manage Conflict in Virtual Teams | Leading Virtual Teams | Scoop.it
A little friction can be productive, but teams that aren't co-located present special challenges.

 

Employee conflicts can be poisonous. We have all experienced the damage to productivity, crushed creativity, and squashed morale. As Kevin M. Campbell, Accenture's Group Chief Executive, Technology, notes, "All too often, I've seen that personal conflicts derail costly projects and important initiatives." Unresolved employee conflicts are bad enough in a traditional, physical workplace. They are all the more dangerous in a virtual environment, where people don't have the luxury of proximity to work their differences out face-to-face.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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This is an issue we are usually reluctant to get our teeth into. Some really good pointers here as to how to capitalize on the creativity that can be generated fromdivergent ideas.

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You Need To Really Know Every Person To Make A Virtual Team Work

You Need To Really Know Every Person To Make A Virtual Team Work | Leading Virtual Teams | Scoop.it

One of the most dominant trends in the workplace is the rise of the virtual team. Whether by design or necessity, more and more people are working outside the office but on the same sorts of multi-person long term projects with the same demands for teamwork as always. 

 

By far the most important thing is that managers know the members of their virtual teams, and put the time in to know how they like to communicate in that environment. They can use that information to motivate them and avoid the behavioral pitfalls that occur in a virtual environment.

 


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
Clare McNamara's insight:

Again this is about virtual team leaders paying attention to members as individual people. I don't agree with the premise that we as leaders can direcly motivate our colleagues - what we should be aimimg to do is to create the right conditions for people to feel engaged and motivate themselves.

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7 tips to maximize engagement in virtual teams | Musings of a ...

As globalization increases and technology improves, team work is becoming more virtual by the day. Creating high performance teams in the same office is already a challenge but creating high performance virtual teams is ...
Clare McNamara's insight:

This really shows how important it is for Golbal Execs and anyone leading virtual teams to tap into who their people really are on a personal level. Engagement equals effectiveness.

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Why Playing to your Strengths as a Global Leader is a Double-Edged Sword | Move Ahead Global

Why Playing to your Strengths as a Global Leader is a Double-Edged Sword | Move Ahead Global | Leading Virtual Teams | Scoop.it
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Could some of your strengths actually be holding you back?

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Listen with Intercultural Ears and See with Intercultural Eyes

Listen with Intercultural Ears and See with Intercultural Eyes | Leading Virtual Teams | Scoop.it
Within an intercultural context, who has the “right” interpretation?

Via Anne Egros
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It's true, translating a message across cultures can be tricky to begin with, but  takes practice but limiting your interpretations to content and ignoring tone, body language and form, always pays off.

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Anne Egros's curator insight, March 3, 1:08 PM

"How you interpret what is being said or written has been culturally conditioned"  


True but personal experiences with people from other cultures shape your interpretation of words and body language too.

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Big Picture Visibility in Global Virtual Teams | Move Ahead Global

Big Picture Visibility in Global Virtual Teams | Move Ahead Global | Leading Virtual Teams | Scoop.it
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I think the key point here is that we need to be more intentional when leading virtually. Also, helping people to see the big picture is inextricably linked to how successful we are at building solid relationships with them.

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Virtual Team Innovation: Are you a “quilter” or a “weaver”? 5 tips ...

Virtual Team Innovation: Are you a “quilter” or a “weaver”? 5 tips ... | Leading Virtual Teams | Scoop.it
Most virtual teams are organized for cut and paste work, or what I like to call quilting. Each team member creates a part of the project—sometimes simultaneously, sometimes sequentially—and the parts are sewn together.
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I love the concept of weaving where you are creating something entirely new. 

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Making and Sustaining Real Connections in Virtual Teams | Move Ahead Global

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How else can we ensure our colleagues feel connected at a personal level in the virtual space?

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Lifestyle-driven virtual teams: A new paradigm for professional services firms - Ivey Business Journal

Social changes in the workforce are leading more and more employees to demand more and more control over how, when, and where they work. The result, which is (This is the future.......are you ready for it?
Clare McNamara's insight:

Really good information on the impact on retaining top talent. The challenges mirror our research findings too. Well worth the read.

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Finding Virtual Team Triumphs

Finding Virtual Team Triumphs | Leading Virtual Teams | Scoop.it
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Completely agree - we are talking about a new breed of leaders here. Love the closing comment - 'trust puts the virtue in virtual'.

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Virtual Teams Strengthen Connections with Video - The NierenBlog

Virtual Teams Strengthen Connections with Video - The NierenBlog | Leading Virtual Teams | Scoop.it
My friend, Elaine Pofeldt is a freelance writer who specializes in writing about entrepreneurship. Her credits include Fortune, Money, Inc., Forbes and numerous other outlets. She is truly an amazing writer and editor and has a ...
Clare McNamara's insight:

The end of the article where differences in thinking and listening styles is what interests me - as leaders we we need to pay attention to this if we want people to 'hear' what we are saying (and each other) and engage with the message.

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Managing Virtual Teams: Ten Tips - Forbes

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As companies continue to expand globally, the number of people working in teams with colleagues and managers separated from them by many miles (and often different time zones), is growing.
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Good point about checking out preferred communication styles, especially where ther may be cultural differences.

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Virtual Teams Are Here To Stay (No Matter What Yahoo Says ...

Virtual Teams Ah virtual teams. People may love the idea or hate the idea, but most don't understand virtual teams in action. For example, today I was trying to explain to InSync's accrediting organization what to expect when ...
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Great example of how virtual teams work if you take care to create the right environment.

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Leading your Virtual Team: Top 10 Tips

Leading your Virtual Team: Top 10 Tips | Leading Virtual Teams | Scoop.it
Virtual working has become increasingly common in recent years thanks to globalisation, growing concern for the environment and the need for organisations to cut costs.
Clare McNamara's insight:

Agreed, virtual working is not 'second best' or a 'last resort'. We need to embrace virtual team leadership as an effective tool to harness our best brains, regardless of where they are located. I'm going to read the book.

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