From Talent Management Magazine…..
Virtual Teams: Narrowing the Performance Gap
This article talks about how virtual teams are becoming more common, however, there are problems with cohesion, collaboration and focus. The article offers some suggestions to deal with these problems.
The article describes the “work revolution” as:
“From local workplace to global work webs: People used to travel to a workplace, but increasingly the work is traveling to them, wherever they are. Freedom from “place” also means we are collaborating more often with customers, partners and colleagues in transitory virtual teams that cross multiple geographic, cultural and organizational boundaries.
From physical presence to technological presence: Being fully present and connecting with others is important on any team, but it becomes more challenging in virtual environments, where isolation and alienation are common.
From command and control to collaborate and control: Managers leading distributed workgroups understand that command-and-control micromanagement is dysfunctional in a virtual environment. To paraphrase a Pentagon saying: It’s pretty hard to turn a screw with an 8,000-mile-long screwdriver.
From information value to connection value: The right information at the right time still has power, but information is everywhere and easily accessible. Connections are becoming the new currency — not simply the number, but the access many give to new knowledge, influence, skills and resources.
From fixed structures to fluid structures: New technologies enable agile working and teaming. Virtual project teams can be formed and dissolved quickly to promote speed, responsiveness and innovation. The best global talent for a job can be mobilized and leveraged to solve customer problems or create new sources of value.”
What do you think of the Six C’s? Cooperation, Convergence, Coordination, Capability, Communication, and Cultural Intelligence.
Are you using virtual teams? Do you see these trends and problems?