Virtual team management is not easy.
It sounds great for everyone to wake up in their pajamas and crank out work all day…but the fact is that managing virtual teams has a whole other host of challenges.
But I’ve been through it…so enjoy these first-hand tips to maximize your effective virtual teamwork.
I recommend that meet with your virtual team daily (every other day at the least).
See my article entitled How The Ritz Carlton & I Run Our Meetings: The Daily Huddle for my approach to such huddles.
These huddles can be via conference call or video-conferencing if you can afford that.
The main reasons for frequent huddles (which can be 15 minutes or less) are:
For starters, for effective virtual team management, you’re still going to have to meet in person once in awhile.
If you are all in one country, I recommend you meet in person every other month — if that is not doable, I recommend you meet quarterly.
These in-person meetings are vital for such things as:
One of the biggest risks in virtual teamwork is that you and your team fall off the same page.
To help prevent that, I recommend you use such tools as:
If you have multiple virtual teams (or your company is 100% virtual like ours), then I recommend that you hold a “Team Call” once or twice a month.
Topics for the team call can include:
Virtual team communication can be quite challenging…afterall, you can’t typically see another person’s expression or body language when you’re in a virtual office environment.
My general rule of thumb is that the more sensitive the topic to discuss, the higher the bandwidth communication you should use.
Here are examples of discussion topics and the communication method I recommend you consider:
Leading virtual teams can be fun and rewarding…you just have to realize that it’s going to require some different approaches than working with your team in-person.
You’ll be mastering virtual teams before you know it!
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