How can we keep longer term perspectives and a sense of team spirit among the rise in short-term project sprints? The answer, according to tech giants, is durable teams. Software teams have long been used to Agile ways of working: forming a small multidisciplinary team to solve a mission critical problem that can be broken […]
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Get it right and we will get paid more, promoted faster and given credit for more innovative ideas (read to the end to find out how). However most of us don’t think consciously about the best way to communicate with our virtual colleagues. We try to get through each day staying just about on top […]
On a workshop this week with a global IT consultancy I was running an exercise which has been part of our virtual team training for 20 years. In it, a small group of managers have a task which has to be executed involving a group of remote workers. We give the managers a 10 minute ‘travel […]
A field study with 43 global R&D teams from a top five Fortune 500 petroleum firm found that spontaneous communication played a pivotal role in moderating the level of interpersonal and task conflict in distributed virtual teams, through stronger shared identity and shared context. So how can we encourage spontaneous communication, shared identity and shared […]
From the co-located team in US that now has to deal with global expansion and offices opening in China and Japan; to swiftly formed transient project teams with members from all over the world who have to deliver a solution to a tricky challenge in a matter of months (or even days) without ever meeting […]
I have been talking to a number of people recently about the risks and opportunities of automation and augmentation. If automation gets rid of jobs, augmentation should help us become more successful by automating the routine part of our job and providing us with tools to be more productive. One area of interest in many […]
If you don’t think the digital work revolution will have an impact on you, ask a cab driver. Digital disruption can happen fast and everywhere, and it’s coming to the everyday world of work. We are all using our Uber app to get home now; our AirBnB app to book somewhere to stay on holiday; […]
For the skills of leading and working in traditional teams, we often use sports metaphors and language. Indeed, some successful figures from the field of sports are paid large sums to lecture to business people on what they have learned in this environment, about the lessons of teamwork and how these lessons can be applied […]
As technology experts IBM reverse years of remote working and demand techies return to co-location hubs, how can the rest of us hope to make virtual working flourish? Technology giants from IBM to Google love to entice us into a virtual working world where anything can be achieved by colleagues scattered from Kazakhstan to Japan. […]
I am not a great fan of the debate about the difference between leadership and management, but I just got asked about it again in one of our virtual team workshops and it prompted this blog. I see many definitions of the difference, mostly around the manager’s job being to plan, organize and coordinate and the […]
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