Managing Virtual Teams

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Managing Virtual Teams

Simon Wallace | 1st April 2014

Managing virtual teams is commonplace in the industrial sector as organisations expand into frontier markets and export as part of aggressive strategies for growth. The challenge of a long distance relationship is not a new phenomenon,  yet so many virtual business relationships fail because of a poorly managed virtual process despite the option today of video and voice over internet.

I’ve been managing virtual teams for more than 20 years and have learned many lessons along the way. Here are my 5 steps for virtual team success:

  1. Meet, greet and bond
  2. Agree a destination, your rules and a plan
  3. Remove obstacles then act straight away
  4. Review your progress, don’t miss this date, it’s good to talk!
  5. Celebrate each ‘win’ and learn from those you don’t

The Whole Thing practices this now…and its working!

About the Author

Simon Wallace is founder of The Whole Thing Group, a performance improvement addict that talks from a lot of experience. Creative entrepreneur and trusted advisor to some of the best companies in the world.

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