One of the key tenets of agile methodology is that team members sit and work side-by-side, with frequent face-to-face communication. Can this technique be adapted to remote and digital working? The answer is yes, and here’s how: Project visualization As one remote engineering firm explains, online project management tools such as Trello can replace moving […]
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Can you tell how trustworthy someone is by analysing a sample of their blood? The answer is yes. By drawing blood from people’s arms before and after a psychological test, researchers found that the amount of oxytocin people naturally produced when asked to share money with a stranger predicted how trustworthy they would be. A […]
Last week we explored practical tips for setting up a virtual meeting for success. Here we share our top tips for influencing and inspiring action during the meeting itself – so there’ll be no participants sneaking off to check emails or make a cup of coffee – and you’ll have a committed group by the […]
The absence of normal visual cues and lack of opportunity to use well-rehearsed face-to-face skills can make influencing in the virtual meeting room feel much trickier. Many of us have fallen into the trap of staying in our comfort zone and ‘in control’ by uploading our usual mountain of PowerPoint slides and presenting at people […]
The first ever team someone manages is now often a global, virtual, cross-cultural team. Quite a challenge. As a result all managerial onboarding should be infused with virtual working – not just a 30 minute slide deck tacked on at the end. Secondly, the move towards cross-functional, cross-organizational teams means it’s more important than ever […]
Major cross-border business transactions have been jeopardized because of language and communication difficulties, with direct financial impact. One European outsourcing firm we’ve worked with shared that there’s a tendency for people to call up and involve those they are comfortable with and speak the same language as, rather than reach out to those that would […]
Actually you are a brand. Others’ evaluation of our performance and potential is a blend of performance, image and exposure. Our level of performance will always matter but it’s naïve to ignore the other two. This is even more relevant as we move to working in a much more virtual world, where people are much […]
In a single boss, single team past, activity and community often came from the same location or function. Nowadays in successful virtual, matrix and digital organizations, activity and community are diverging significantly. People will loosely remain part of business functions to build capability, community and drive functional excellence. However activity is now heading away from […]
Remote and virtual teams can reduce the costs of facilities and travel, access talent irrespective of distance and deliver results even more productively than face-to-face teams. The business logic is clear, but this way of working does require different skills and a refreshed culture. Unfortunately, there has been too much focus on technology and not […]
In the past few weeks our blogs have been giving you a teaser of the juicy insights packed in our new white paper: Mastering virtual, matrix and digital teams – which we officially launch today. You can download free copies of the entire white paper or a series of shorter summaries of the research at https://globalintprd.wpengine.com/white-paper/ […]
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