Virtual Teams bring Savings & Efficiency – If you do it Right

virtual teamsAs the World we know becomes a Smaller Place….

Teams are more and more dispersed and yet required to communicate just as they did when they were side by side or face to face.  If you are located over 90 feet from a team mate, then you are dispersed. We all have challenges that need to be addressed, such as: doing more with less, having faster turnaround in all that we do, cost cutting and bring more value to our customers.

VIRTUAL TEAMS are Growing at an Extraordinary Rate

Business environments are consistently changing.  Changes are fuelled by international competition, technological advancements and alternative work practices.   Organizations are embracing virtual team structures at an unprecedented rate.

VIRTUAL TEAMS have their Challenges & Require skills…

Creating virtual teams is not challenge-free. Why? Imagine trying to communicate effectively with people you have never met and whose personalities you are not familiar with. If this hurdle is not overcome, establishing successful virtual teams can be extremely frustrating.

According to Dr. Tom Allen, author of “Managing the Flow of Technology,” people are not likely to communicate or collaborate very often if they are more than 50 feet apart.   How then, do we foster communication and collaboration when people are geographically dispersed?

Development, implementation and management of this type of transition from traditional business model of organizational operations to a virtual geographically-dispersed mode requires:

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills,
  • Strong leadership abilities and
  • The ability to communicate with diverse cultures.

Learn to do it Right

As a Project Manager, Business Analyst or Team Leader, you undoubtedly feel frustrated and impatient after a team meeting and they appear to not even understand the nature of the project. How do you fix this problem? Simple. By first recognizing and accepting that it might not be their problem. Realizing that a perceived problem with employees may in fact be a managerial problem is not something that you, as a manager, probably want to think too much about.

One class that can help is the following – that teaches you how to improve communication, which you can take On-Demand and study on your own time.

Improve Team Communication using Behavior Cues………..

Learning how to lead, manage & enable virtual teams which can result in dramatic increases in efficiency as well as significant cost reductions.  There are tons of classes and books out there that can help.