Do People in Virtual Teams Need Face Time?

Michael Sampson - Currents

”), one of the questions from a delegate in the discussion was about virtual teams, and whether face-to-face (in-person) time was necessary. One of the letters I did write though was called V is for Visiting Team Members , which is in the same concept stream as the question above.

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Virtual Teams and Communities Training Manual

The Bumble Bee

As a festive treat I am making available, totally free to Bioteams readers, my Virtual Teams and Communities Training Manual (155 pages) which I have used on a number of occasions as a comprehensive full-day workshop on this very important topic. Evolution of an effective virtual team.

Always say yes to grad students: an interview about virtual teams

Endless Knots

Every so often in the past gazillion years, a graduate student comes along, one who's working on a master's or doctorate around virtual/remote/distribution organizations. This interview also reflects my biases about the current state-of-the-virtual-art. 

List #358 of virtual team success factors

Endless Knots

This one , from Carl Eidson at Wilson Learning, rests on research published in Sloan Management Review this year that reinforces our findings in our 2004 Harvard Business Review article : virtual teams can outperform their face-to-face counterparts.if Keep all team members in close communication. Clarify the team’s purpose and goals. What's to argue with, whether face-to-face or virtual? How the team has access to its clarity is the key here.

Interactions 2012 - Effective Virtual Teams - Martin White #iic12 @intranetfocus #virtualteams

Michael Sampson - Currents

Martin White from Intranet Focus is talking about being effective with virtual teams. Key points: - Martin has been running virtual teams since 1977. Many organizations have virtual teams, but few provide training for being on a virtual team. - The Challenger disaster - basically a virtual team that went very wrong. Need training in how to run virtual meetings. There's a lot of research been done on virtual teams. -

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Pathways into working in virtual teams

Joitske Hulsebosch

It makes me think starting to work online has similarities to working in a different culture. I'm not sure if I linked already to the article that I wrote with Sibrenne about tools for virtual teams - (because it is in Dutch I may not have linked it on this blog but here it is for any interested Dutch speaking persons). Tags: technology introduction virtual teams

Always say yes to grad students: an interview about virtual teams

Endless Knots

Every so often in the past gazillion years, a graduate student comes along, one who's working on a master's or doctorate around virtual/remote/distributed/global organizations. " This interview was for her final dissertation, "The Challenges of Virtual Project Management," enabling her to graduate from Tampere, following her spending time as an exchange student at Portsmouth University in the UK. 90% people, 10% technology Collaboration Virtual Teams

Technology: trust in virtual teams

Joitske Hulsebosch

John Gundry wrote a paper on trust in virtual teams trying to 'unpeel the onion about trust'. A team member is trustworthy if he/she: - Acts in our and the team's best interest - Is trustful - Keeps his/her promises or tells us when they can't keep them - Respects the citation and/or protection of information we send them - Shares mutually -valuable information with us Thinking outloud: in communities of practice and web2.0

Virtual teams poorly managed, say 1 in 3 execs in Economist study

Endless Knots

Looks like some quite solid research from the Economist Intelligence Unit, " Managing virtual teams: Taking a more strategic approach." " In the study, conducted in Fall 2009, a third of those executives surveyed said that their virtual teams were not well managed, yet most endorsed using them nonetheless. The major findings (go to link to download the study): Executives are generally positive about working in virtual teams.

Working Across Cultures - Two Resources

Michael Sampson - Currents

One of the twists with this project is that the client is based in an Asian country, and hence there was a need to think more deeply about how national culture impacts collaboration style and the adoption approach taken. I read some background information on the specific national culture, and also initiated a couple of conversations with people about their experiences in Asia. Collaboration Culture

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How Important is it to Manage Temporal Diversity in Teams?

Leading Virtually

Research Teamwork Leadership Culture Collaboration Challenges after action review conflict culture India leadership team compact tools for virtual teams virtual team virtual teams

Working Across Cultures – Two Resources

Michael Sampson - Currents

One of the twists with this project is that the client is based in an Asian country, and hence there was a need to think more deeply about how national culture impacts collaboration style and the adoption approach taken. I read some background information on the specific national culture, and also initiated a couple of conversations with people about their experiences in Asia. Culture Last week I was doing some preliminary research for a client project in the adoption area.

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Virtual Worlds: A Potential Tool for Cross-Cultural Training

Leading Virtually

Previously, Surinder wrote a blog post on his observations about different cultural expectations and implicit communication patterns. He discussed some ways that virtual team leaders could help limit cultural snafus in teams. Companies are purchasing seminars to help educate expatriates and those working in varying cultural contexts. See this NY Times article about cross-cultural training effectiveness).

Working Remotely: Three Keys to Effectiveness

Michael Sampson - Currents

On The Smarter Office blog this week, I wrote about three keys to being effective with virtual teams: " What do you call a team of people who always meet face-to-face around a meeting table and whiteboard? As I showed in the Working Remotely infographic in my last post, the proportion of employees working at a distance from their fellow team members has been increasing year-on-year for a decade, and many organizations expect it to keep doing so for the foreseeable future.

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Marissa, we need to talk: This genie is way out of the bottle

Endless Knots

" Can Absence Make a Team Grow Stronger ?" " With two business school professors, we researched 54 high-performing teams in 26 companies across 15 industries and the resounding conclusion from the data was "yes, indeed." collaborating virtually.

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How Important is it to Manage Temporal Diversity in Teams?

Leading Virtually

What I saw in action were two individuals, one who emphasized speed and the other who emphasized quality, somehow balancing their differences in a way that helped them perform effectively as a team. Or does it create conflict among workers and hinder team performance?

Yes, Leadership Changes in a Web 2.0 World

Leading Virtually

Leadership Collaboration technology Challenges building relationships challenges collaboration communication creative culture development email emotions hiring relationships social presence team building transformational leadership video conferencing virtual team virtual teams web 2.0

Online tools for internal communication

Joitske Hulsebosch

Together with Sibrenne Wagenaar I wrote a Dutch article called " So you wanna be a virtual team ?" Choose a starting toolset together with the team and discuss the particular way it is going to be used. Discussing this allows the team to understand the preferences of its members.

The Importance of Face-to-Face Meetings - At Particular Times, and At Regular Times

Michael Sampson - Currents

The monthly meetings had a huge impact on creating a shared culture across the firm - " we created a team that felt a sense of ownership not just of their P&L, but of the entire company. ". The cultural signal / ethos of the meeting - to support, to learn together - was just as important as having the meetings in person. Collaboration Collaboration Culture Virtual Teams

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Why Social Networking Can Mean Serious Business for Your Virtual Teams

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network KM

Read about Guided Insights blended facilitation services and our Bridging the Distance Webinars for more about fostering greater collaboration among your teams, whether face-to-face or virtual. Reflect your team demographics when choosing the best social networking tools.

The AppGap » Connecting … Virtual Teams: News, views, and reviews of Work 2.0 tools, apps and practices

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network KM

Connecting … Virtual Teams by Patti Anklam February 10, 2008 at 4:38 pm · Filed under Distributed Work , Enterprise 2.0 , Web 2.0 and how the social networking tools could be used to enhance the connectivity of virtual teams.

When the Leader is the Only One Remote From the Team

Leading Virtually

On my LinkedIn profile , I received a suggestion in response to one of my recent posts that I cover a particular configuration of virtual teams. In this configuration, the team leader is in one location and the rest of the team is in another.

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And then I said.

Endless Knots

Manuela Zoninsein's " Keep it Personal: Technology certainly has its place when managing virtual teams, but it’s the relationships that truly count ," in this month's PM Network, hits all the right notes about virtual working.

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"Building Effective Virtual Workforces"

Endless Knots

Authors cite four areas that can ameliorate the challenges that virtual working introduces: Training. Bridging cultural gaps. Tags: Collaboration Virtual Teams Good piece by Bill Hillis and Jan Gugliotti in Human Resource Executive Online. Grooming collaborative leadership. Creating new measures and incentives. Well done, Bill and Jan, and thanks for the shout out.

Yes, Leadership Changes in a Web 2.0 World

Leading Virtually

These processes cover cognitive and emotional processes, attraction between individuals, the norms, values, and culture of collectives, and, finally, communication. Examples of such tactics include team building, delegation, and participation in decision-making.

Could you please repeat the question?

Endless Knots

Readers (or as I now think of you, thanks to Julie Powell , bleaders) know that Jeff Stamps and I have been collecting best practices in Virtual Teams since "we wrote the book." Being explicit is mandatory for virtual teams. Ice breakers are SOP for all teams.

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What’s More Effective? Carrots or Sticks?

Leading Virtually

Does rewarding or punishing individuals make a difference at the team level? What does it mean for virtual teams? Tags: Research Leadership carrots and sticks contingent punishment contingent rewards culture leadership punishments rewards satisfaction virtual team virtual teams Last weekend’s Wall Street Journal carried an article by Safeway’s CEO , Steven A. Burd, addressing the national health-care reform debate.

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Joint decision-making about tool use in teams

Joitske Hulsebosch

I'm consulting various people in organisations about the choice for online tools and how to introduce them for use by teams, groups or networks. Together with Sibrenne Wagenaar I wrote a Dutch article called " So you wanna be a virtual team ?" - have to admit here that the Dutch are a little bit crazy giving an English title but the rest is really in Dutch-. Tags: technology introduction virtual teams

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The "study" author responds

Endless Knots

As per below, I invited the virtual team "study" author and the person whom I've been corresponding with to respond to my posts. Perhaps you can post it on the blog:   Our recent study on virtual teams (referenced above) draws attention to some of the challenges associated with working across distances. That solution involves improving the way virtual teams communicate in crucial moments. Most virtual workers I know love them.

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Jill Nemiro on creativity in virtual teams.and a lot more

Endless Knots

Jill Nemiro, PhD, book author, former actor, and film and video editor, is an expert in virtual teams. It must be close to ten years since I first heard from Jill as she was working on her PhD in an original field: Creativity in Virtual Teams. When Jill got started, she was among a small number of people doing research on virtual work and, among those, she struck me as unusually collaborative and generous.

Interesting notion: Spend 3/4 of your time with those not co-located

Endless Knots

It's not just because " Selling a Global Business: Teamwork Working Like Clockwork Around the Clock " quotes us (thanks) that I'm pulling out its virtual team guidelines. It is more difficult to follow standard meeting processes over distant locations, cultures and time zones. Find the best time zones for the team and alternate between them. Wake up the team by raising your expectations of them.

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The Evolution of Harmful Email Habits

Leading Virtually

During the last few years, I have noticed certain changes or patterns in email communication that can potentially damage virtual work. I am afraid that these patterns may be on their way to becoming a part of email communication culture. Tags: email etiquette collaboration email virtual team Email motivation leading virtually virtual teams emergent collaboration Leadership Collaboration technology

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Understanding the Benefits and Uses of Virtual Worlds

Leading Virtually

Surinder and I are currently attending the Mardi Gras conference on virtual worlds in Baton Rouge along with our colleague Rui Huang. We are here to present our paper that I discussed in last week’s post and also to hear the exciting work that others are pursuing in and around virtual worlds. One presentation by Tony O’Driscoll of Duke University echoed some of the ideas we discussed in an early post, Time to Think Differently About Virtual Worlds.

Inc. goes virtual - for a second

Endless Knots

magazine carried out an experiment in February: it sent everyone home to experience working virtually. Senior Writer Max Chafkin's very good article about it, " The Case, and the Plan, for the Virtual Company." " I've complained before about how thin most of the material about virtual working really is with the endless lists of "ten ways to" and "three things that you should do." Consider your culture.

The Leading Virtually Digest, January 31, 2009

Leading Virtually

Posts to which it is related: Culture Matters In Virtual Teams. Younger users are more likely to use the Internet for things like social networking or hanging out in virtual worlds. This could have implications for virtual teams with members or leaders from differing generations, including altering preferences for how to communicate and accomplish work. What: Article on a new application for managing team workflows.

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A little history on the Computer History Museum (and MassNet, RIP)

Endless Knots

I also will refrain from commenting on the endless rivalry between Silicon Valley and Boston's MIT/Route 128 cultures, evidenced by the museum ending up in "their" vicinity rather than ours. Tags: Boston Business Collaboration Education Innovation Internet/web Networks and Networking Virtual Teams Web/Tech A comment today on another post by Harry Stevens prompts this post.

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Set Expectations for Communication with a Remotely-Located Boss

Michael Sampson - Currents

She references some of the experts in the field of virtual teams and remote communication for strategies to improve the situation, including: – use instant messaging when a quick answer is required, not email. Culture & CompetencyA couple of months ago, Sue at The Wall Street Journal wrote about the challenge of managing a long-distance relationship with your boss. Her opening statement: It’s the toughest long-distance relationship: employee and boss.

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Set Expectations for Communication with a Remotely-Located Boss

Michael Sampson - Currents

She references some of the experts in the field of virtual teams and remote communication for strategies to improve the situation, including: – use instant messaging when a quick answer is required, not email. Culture & CompetencyA couple of months ago, Sue at The Wall Street Journal wrote about the challenge of managing a long-distance relationship with your boss. Her opening statement: It’s the toughest long-distance relationship: employee and boss.

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Collaborative Thinking: Enterprise 2.0: Culture Required?

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

Culture Required? The issue of (in this case, successful use of wikis) culture is critically important when forming, nurturing and sustaining collaboration strategies. But it is indeed use of a wiki for collaboration and it can thrive without the culture issues that this post correctly points out. To enable higher levels of participation and influence people to volunteer their contributions, then culture issues do indeed come to the forefront - you have entered the "E2.0

Collaborative Thinking: Building a Culture of Collaboration

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

Day: Peripheral Vision: Detecting the Weak Signals That Will Make or Break Your Company Subscribe to this blogs feed « Human Resources Challenges on a Global Scale | Main | Harnessing The Power Of Informal Employee Networks » October 05, 2007 Building a Culture of Collaboration An age-old truism: tools help (sometimes to a great degree), but organizational dynamics trump technology in terms of establishing effective collaboration efforts. This link will bring you our team page.

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Notes on INV311 Understanding Your Organization's Social Business Maturity

Michael Sampson - Currents

How the model was created - over the past few years - had a team of people out of Global Business Services and IBM Software Group meeting during their own time to develop the ideas: - held various interviews with IBM subject matter experts. The model - 7 dimensions - but it doesn't look like a traditional maturity model: - culture & operations at the core. For Culture and Operations - promote and model social behaviors as part of business processes and daily operations.

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Notes on CUST115 ABS on Visual Social Communications

Michael Sampson - Currents

Lots of virtual teams. ease collaboration across virtual teams, eg., time zones, getting access to virtual teams. get away from one hour being the default meeting duration; new cultural norm for having the meeting for as long or short as you needed it. Justin Lauder (ABS) and Darren Belford (IBM) are presenting on how the Australian Bureau of Statistics are using Polycom visual conferencing equipment in their environment. Some notes: 1.

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Did Yahoo's Marissa Mayer Really get it Wrong in Banning "Work from Home"?

Governance in a Networked World

The second ‘event’ prompting my reflections on the topic is a recently submitted doctoral thesis entitled “Creativity and Innovation in Virtual Teams” by Hari Sangha , who I was supervising, and therefore reading his thesis closely. could be accommodated by a mature virtual team.

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