Building a Sense of Community on Your Team

Better collaboration takes cultural competence

Today’s team leaders are increasingly managing more diverse groups of people and people who interact virtually. One special challenge for modern team leaders is building a sense of community and inclusion among team members. Ensuring that all members feel a sense of community and trust in each other, as well as in their team leader, […]

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Reducing Virtual Distances

virtual teams

In the modern, global workplace, a large percentage of business is conducted virtually. While employing virtual, or diverse and dispersed, teams can increase efficiency and the speed of business, there are many challenges when teams communicate virtually. Let’s start by defining what a virtual team is. A virtual team is an inter-dependent group of people […]

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Five Ways To Build Trust From A Distance

How to build trust from a distance

These days, organizations are becoming more global, and with globalization comes the emergence of more diverse and dispersed teams. While many organizations rely heavily on diverse and dispersed teams, also called virtual teams, they have to overcome barriers related to different time zones, technologies, languages and cultures. The best way to improve the coherence and […]

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Managing the Performance of Your Virtual Team

Virtual teaming

Virtual teaming, that is, working on teams whose members are not present in the same location, is a fact of our modern, globalized business world. Virtual (or diverse and dispersed) teams are prevalent not only in multinational companies with offices in different countries, but also in academic and non-governmental institutions with bases across the world. […]

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Six Ways to Better Your Video Conferences

Video conferencing

In this day and age, business is done across time zones and national borders. That means you’ll increasingly be using telephone and videoconferences to communicate, and that the other attendees may be in different countries. Whereas some cultures adapt to the exigencies of telephone and videoconferences better than others – for example, those cultures that […]

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Globalization, Connectivity, and Engaged Learning

The power of increased connectivity

Globalization impacts almost everything about modern life, from the products people buy, to the languages they hear and the interactions they have. What is one of the main indicators of globalization witnessed on a daily basis? People from all over the world living, working and interacting with each other. According to the United Nations Population […]

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Virtual Team Successes and Stresses – A Case Study

Virtual Team Successes and Stresses

Virtual teaming, that is, working on teams whose members are not present in the same location, is a fact of our modern, globalized business world. Virtual (or diverse and dispersed) teams are prevalent not only in multinational companies with offices in different countries, but also in academic and non-governmental institutions with bases across the world. […]

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Written Communication Best Practices

There are certain practices to keep in mind when communicating by email.

When communicating with colleagues, whether overseas or down the hall, it is important to keep certain guidelines in mind. This is especially true with written communication. Many people prefer sending emails to calling or speaking face-to-face with colleagues because they can work out the wording of what they want to say and state things clearly […]

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Videoconference Best Practices

Video conferences require extra preparation

In this day and age, business is done across time zones and national borders. That means you’ll increasingly be using telephone and videoconferences to communicate, and that the other attendees may be in different countries. Whereas some cultures adapt to the exigencies of telephone and videoconferences better than others – for example, those cultures that […]

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Overcoming Real Impediments to Virtual Communication

communication

Communication is a major challenge virtual team leaders face. Like with many other fundamentals of a traditional office environment, communication requires twice as much time in a virtual setting. So what should team leaders do? Before the actual project starts, team leaders need to ensure that they spend time with the team members individually, letting […]

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