Leading and Developing a Virtual Team




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Dalahn Colley
Entrepreneur, United States

Leading and Developing a Virtual Team

A virtual team - also known as a Geographically Dispersed Team (GDT) - is a group of individuals that work across time, space and organizational boudaries with links strengthened by webs of communication technology (source: Word IQ, 2010)".
There are many advantages to creating a virtual team by bringing together contributors through the use of company intranet, groupware applications, email, teleconferencing, phones, computers and other technologies.
On the other hand, the absence of face to face interaction may contribute to misunderstandings and conflict.
The challenge for the management of a virtual team is to create a cohesiveness usually reserved for successful collocated teams. The manager must create a tier of collaboration, productivity and communication that spans cultures, time and distance...
Success can be achieved when the virtual team leader addresses these questions:
- What is my role as a virtual team leader?
- How can you build high-quality relationships when people seldom, if ever, see each other in person?
- How can I enhance the performance of my virtual team?
- How can virtual relationships be managed more effectively using the company's existing communication technologies?
- Is it possible to manage performance and ensure accountability at a distance? (source: Kerber, Buono, 2011).
 

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Fernando de Diego
Project Manager, Spain
 

GDT Geodispersed Teams Perform Poor

Managing that kind of teams is still an issue. New videoconferencing technologies help a lot as do n... Sign up

 
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P.E. Pernet
Consultant, France
 

Virtual / Distributed Teams

I would suggest you attend this free online seminar Leading Virtual Teams - Managing when People are... Sign up

 
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Lito Fadera
Management Consultant, Philippines
 

Tip for Geographically Dispersed Teams: Have a Meeting Each Day

@Fernando de Diego: I have been a member of a project management team that spans three countries for... Sign up

 
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Purathatil Krishnan
Manager, United States
 

Virtual Teams need Cultural Intelligence

Virtual teams often involve diversity in ethnicity, culture and - most importantly - thinking. With ... Sign up

 
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John Minett
Director, United States
 

Cross Cultural Teams - Trust is a Fundamental Issue

These comments have been very useful. Placemaker associates is a start-up company that focuses on pu... Sign up

 
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Peter Durrant
Director, Australia
 

Geographically Dispersed Teams - Email is not communication

Hi Dalahn I am working from home in Perth and interact with Adelaide and Sydney. Over 10 years two... Sign up

 
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David Whitfield
Professor, United States
 

Communicating with a Virtual / Geographically Dispersed Team

To communicate with a virtual team: - Expectations of all the team and all team members must be cle... Sign up

 
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Joachim Armbruster
Coach, Germany
 

More Information on Virtual Teams?

The 5 questions asked by Kerber and Buono are good, the answers would be even more interesting. Any ... Sign up

 
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Bill Boynton
Teacher, United States
 

Opportunity to Learn from a Variety of Experiences and Backgrounds

A "virtual" team is still a team of people that needs to be addressing the same objectives of team p... Sign up

 
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DR.VIVEK DIWADKAR.
Business Consultant, India
 

Virtual Team Concept still in its Infancy although Fast Spreading

The virtual team-culture value-connect cauldron is a tricky business which deserves a very deep psyc... Sign up

 
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Srikumar Varma
India
 

Managing Virtual Teams

Video conferencing and teleconferencing is all right if the people are more or less of the same orig... Sign up

 
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Miguel Sacramento
Business Consultant, Brazil
 

Virtual Teams - Geographically Dispersed Team : Create a Shared Dream

It doesn't matter where people are working if they are sincerely sharing a common vision. That is wh... Sign up

 
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Arif ur Rehman
Professor, Pakistan
 

Virtual Teams - Tomorrow's Challenge

We are sitting atop a universal collaborative commerce community and global corporate dialogue cultu... Sign up

 
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KATHRYN STEINER, MBA
Entrepreneur, United States
 

Virtual Teams Have to Encompass Many Elements

Virtual global cross functional teams are something I'm also familiar with from my online MBA. They ... Sign up

 
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Emad Adeeb Eskander
Manager
 

Summary Tips for Managing Virtual Teams

Here's a summary of tips for managing virtual or geographically dispersed teams that have been menti... Sign up

 
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Nguyen Tri Hue
Project Manager, France
 

Multi-cultural Aspects and Control

As a team leader, you need to understand the multi-culture paradigm of your team. Trust and control... Sign up

 
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P.E. Pernet
Consultant, France
 

Do Tuckman's Norming Stage First

@Nguyen Tri Hue: I think the specificity of virtual teams is that 'Norming' should not be the 3rd, b... Sign up

 
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D. Kerns
Student (Other), United States
 

The Six Cs of Global Collaboration

Greetings all, the financial services organization that I work in is a (global) virtual organization... Sign up

 
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Cintia Rodriguez, Peru
 

Web 2.0 and Virtual Teams

I agree that leadership is a key to success. Nowadays Web 2.0 offers a variety of tools to help team... Sign up

 
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Peter Bond, United Kingdom
 

Is a Virtual Team Really a Team? If not Can it Be Made So?

Dalahn, (nice name). Virtual 'teams' are all the rage aren't they? Unfortunately, practice has got s... Sign up

 
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Samuell Yew
Project Manager, Malaysia
 

My Experiences in a Geographically Dispersed Team

Kudos to all contributors to highlight the correct pros and cons and the challenges faced. As a part... Sign up

 
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Cintia Rodriguez, Peru
 

Google Plus, the Use of Hangouts and Team-working Online

@Peter Bond: I recommend, from personal experience, the use of Google Hangouts. For me, it is even b... Sign up

 
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F. Krynauw
Project Manager, South Africa
 

Success Case of Virtual Team in South Africa

I have just completed a manual of 6 volumes and 1500 pages on operational procedures in SA Post Offi... Sign up

 
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Jack Van Den Heerik
Project Manager, Belgium
 

Managing a Global GDT: The Need for Efficient and Effective Communication

I certainly agree with most of you and would like to stress that the key element of success in manag... Sign up

 
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hamidullah
Lecturer, Afghanistan
 

Geographically Dispersed Teams don't Necessarily Underperform Normal Teams

@Fernando de Diego I think in due time many people will attend in this kind of teams like also on 12... Sign up

 
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Nguyen Tri Hue
Project Manager, France
 

Multi-cultural Aspects & Control

@P. E. Pernet : thank you for the clarification of the norming phase. From my understanding Tuckman'... Sign up

 
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Kathy Zandbergen
Director, Canada
 

Simple Approach from Canada (besides Incorporating Those Above)

I work in an international company but I'm lucky in that most of my team is national. So I only deal... Sign up

 
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Francesco Cuoco, Italy
 

Dispersed Teams a New Approach

Management of such a team is the challenge today: we need to overcome all the communication issues a... Sign up

 
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VENKATESWARAN
Teacher, India
 

Virtual Team is Indeed a Boon!

It is indeed a wonderful idea and with the hi-tech tools available now, if it is properly understood... Sign up

 
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KATHRYN STEINER, MBA
Entrepreneur, United States
 

Visual Contact and Trust

When working together remotely it would be good to be able to see the people who one is communicatin... Sign up

 
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Dali Horeshka
Business Consultant, Albania
 

Critical Concerns to Virtual Team Functioning

Based on my experience there are three critical critical concerns to allow a virtual team to functio... Sign up

 
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Arif ur Rehman
Professor, Pakistan
 

Remote Teams can Become Hub Teams

@Kathryn Pawley Steiner: Geographical disparity does create cross cultural and relational problems, ... Sign up

 
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Kurt Ludikovsky
Consultant, Austria
 

It's All About the Goal

I can second all what has been said here, and still don't see a solution. I have run a virtual team... Sign up

 
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Felix ahonzo, Ghana
 

Things to Consider in Managing a Virtual Team

In my view, these are the main things to consider in managing a virtual team 1. Allocation of tasks... Sign up

 
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dawson
Student (University), New Zealand
 

GDT and Virtual Team Dynamics, Glass Half Full

Much good and diverse opinions on this topic here! There's Too much room for cultural faux pas in l... Sign up

 
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KATHRYN STEINER, MBA
Entrepreneur, United States
 

Building Relationships and Establishing Trust in Virtual Teams

@Arif Ur Rehman: I have become accustomed to communicating remotely. For almost 2 years I communicat... Sign up

 
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Arif ur Rehman
Professor, Pakistan
 

The Virtual Trust in Virtual Teams

@Kathryn Pawley Steiner: Contrasted to your 'low financial risk environment' mine is riddled with co... Sign up

 
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Sim Poay See
Material Analysis, Malaysia
 

We are discussing Virtual Teams in a Virtual Team!

This is a great topic and I feel that we are having a virtual team right now to discuss the same top... Sign up

 
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Arif ur Rehman
Professor, Pakistan
 

Evolving a Practical Model for GDT's

@Sim Poay See: Over the coming weeks, while scanning the rudimentary literature (from my perspective... Sign up

 
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VENKATESWARAN
Teacher, India
 

Exchanging Views on GDT and Virtual Teams Sans Personal Faiths

I really appreciate the contribution of Mr. Arif Ur Rehman in these columns and submit that as profe... Sign up

 
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KATHRYN STEINER, MBA
Entrepreneur, United States
 

Standards for Global Cross Functional Teams Established by Organization

@Arif Ur Rehman: Arif, this discussion with all participants contributions and perspectives is inter... Sign up

 
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John limpus
Australia
 

Virtual Teams are the Way of the Future

The reality is that virtual teams are the way of the future. It is not always possible or feasable t... Sign up

 
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Francesco Cuoco, Italy
 

Tools for Dispersed Virtual Teams

Surely virtual teams are the feature. The question is what to do to improve them and again I think c... Sign up

 
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Venkatesh
Teacher, India
 

GDT as a Social Group and Network for Effective and Efficient Services Marketing

GDT is a good and effective concept of getting connected with people across the globe and another wa... Sign up

 
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Arif ur Rehman
Professor, Pakistan
 

Geographically Dispersed Teams and Global Marketing Efforts - Finding the Key

@Venkatesh: GDT and global marketing win if efforts are directed in an open, free, ethical and, more... Sign up

 
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Dali Horeshka
Business Consultant, Albania
 

Well-forged Objectives and Plan Make Geographically Dispersed Teams Functional

I just discussed with one of my colleagues engaged in the management of local capacity building team... Sign up

 
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KATHRYN STEINER, MBA
Entrepreneur, United States
 

Geographically Dispersed Teams Must Involve Relationship Building

This discussion certainly is interesting, with sevarl underlying complexities that can be simplified... Sign up

 
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Arif ur Rehman
Professor, Pakistan
 

12manage as a Global Platform for Debates

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abraham garshong, Ghana
 

Requirements for Virtual Teams / Geographical Dispersed Teams

@Emad Adeeb Eskander: excellent summary! In my view a critical point for virtual teams to be success... Sign up

 
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VENKATESWARAN
Teacher, India
 

GDT and Views Thereon

@Kurt Ludikovsky : your points are highly relevant in present day. But the team selection for any pr... Sign up

 
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Irene Brunner Jucker, Switzerland
 

Leading Dispersed Teams

In my experience, coaching competencies (in the sense of listening carefully and asking the right qu... Sign up

 
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Connie Liu
Project Manager, China
 

Best Practices in Managing Overseas Teams

There are many areas that both sides need to consider: - Communicate effectively and timely to wh... Sign up

 
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Taylor
Consultant, United Kingdom
 

The Importance of Small Talk in Virtual Teams

Small talk is often a missing ingredient in virtual teams. In teams where all of the members share a... Sign up

 
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Anneke Zwart
Student (University), Netherlands
 

Best Practices to Managing and Developing Effective Virtual Teams

Ferrazzi just published an interesting article on this subject in the Harvard Business Review. He wr... Sign up

 
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Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

Productivity of Telecommuters and Flexworkers

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