LSA Global Insights Newsletter: 10 Tips to Help Virtual and Global Teams Avoid Common Pitfalls

11.28.2011

10 Tips to Help Virtual and Global Teams Avoid Common Pitfalls

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If you are leading a virtual team, counting on a remote team for results, or participating as a member of a global team, we have good news and bad news.
The good news is that you are now in the majority. A recent survey conducted by Chief Learning Officer Magazine found that at least 74% of those surveyed work in a virtual team environment or manage a global cross-functional team.

The bad news is that these teams face more obstacles than "normal" teams. With virtual and global cross-functional teams now the norm and not the exception, you would think that people would be better at leading and participating in them. Not so.

Our clients tell us that when their teams are dispersed geographically, they continue to face six common challenges related to being remote:

1. Communication issues
2. Time zone obstacles
3. Travel budget restrictions
4. Subtle cultural differences
5. Isolated team members
6. Limited "face time"

In addition to the typical challenges faced by teams in the areas of goals, roles, interactions, and processes, virtual and global teams face additional pressures that must be addressed in order for the team to succeed.

For example: How do you ensure that these teams communicate effectively and efficiently? How can you create a "virtual water cooler" so that information and best practices impact all team members? How do you integrate cultural influences and differing perspectives in a way that makes sense?

Based upon working with hundreds of virtual and remote teams, here are 10 simple tips to ensure that your virtual and global teams are on track and avoid the pitfalls that inhibited the success of those that have gone before you.

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