Working with virtual teams

If you have the right systems in place, working with virtual teams can be a tremendously rewarding experience.

You can enhance productivity by exploiting time zones and utilize the skills and capabilities that come with working in a culturally diverse environment.

However, if you don't have the correct processes baked in, it can prove frustrating, demoralizing and disconcertingly unproductive. We're often told that time zone challenges play a big part on why virtual teams don't work. We're often told that it's because it's impossible to develop good working relationships when your team is located thousands of miles away. We frequently hear that things don't get done as there's a breakdown in communication because everything operates in the virtual space.

This session will provide insights and practical steps that you can take to lead and successfully work with virtually located teams.

 Roadmap of the session

  1. The challenges you face
  2. Why work with virtual teams?
  3. How to build relationships
  4. Developing a virtual strategy
  5. Effective conference calls
  6. The part culture plays
  7. Dealing with time zones
  8. Conflict in a virtual setting
  9. Developing a virtual team charter
  10. Planning for change
Working with Virtual Teams
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                                                                                                    - MIT Professor Tom Allen

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