Remote, transient virtual teams are not well suited to traditional management. By definition people are distributed and most of the work goes on individually, away from the gaze of traditional supervision. One longitudinal study of 51 temporary virtual teams found that behavior control mechanisms typically used by a manager in collocated teams have a significant […]
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This one piece of research by the people scientists at Google has inspired us to think about leadership and collaboration in remote, virtual and matrix teams in a new way. This blog is a result of a lively conversation between Tony Poots (one of our senior consultants) and Debbie Marshall-Lee (our research director). At Global […]
As well as organizational benefits, the current increase in remote, virtual, matrixed and digital teams can offer up huge opportunities for us and our teams. We need to keep communicating this to our teams (and reminding ourselves). To name a few: Part of remote working can involve working from home or teleworking. Gallup has consistently […]
Google’s data analysts ran a three year project to try to uncover the secret recipe for successful teams at Google. They observed hundreds of Google teams, analysed thousands of data points and conducted an extensive literature review into the psychology of teams. At first they were stumped – at a company famed for its ability […]
How many teams are you part of at work? Professionals are now members of four different teams on average, according to our benchmarking survey of over 4,000 employees in Europe, US, Asia and the Middle East. Four teams with say 3-5 key goals each means 12-20 key initiatives to juggle and try to stay on […]
According to a 2017 global survey of over 24,000 workers, 62% of the working population are now working flexibly and a whopping 98% say that remote working makes them more productive. The trend towards greater remote and virtual working looks set to continue as more and more companies embark on a digital transformation. This is […]
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 […]
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 […]
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