1. Recruit Quality Virtual team members must be adaptable, self-motivated, accountable, and collaborative.
How do you manage what you can't see? The ability to access applications and information from mobile devices and remote workplaces reduces the importance of geographic location, but team leaders face a new set of problems. How do you communicate effectively and establish continuity? How can you ensure that routine tasks and big picture goals are achieved? How do you distinguish slackers from achievers? The book, A Manager’s Guide to Virtual Teams (Amacom/available now), offers best practices to bridge any distance – both literal and figurative – that the virtual structure may present. "True virtual teamwork requires a deeper level of clarification, communications, commitment and consequences management than is typically present in teams sharing a location," says author Yael Zofi. "Teamwork must become more than a notion." Zofi is founder/CEO of AIM Strategies, a human-capital consulting firm, and has worked for clients such as Pfizer, General Electric, Viacom and Nokia. For more about the book, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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