Developing Real Skills for Virtual Teams
The White Paper references a recent report "The Challenges of Working in Virtual Teams", based on a survey of nearly 30,000 employees from multinational companies which found that:
- The top challenge for virtual team members was the inability to read nonverbal cues (94%).
- There is an absence of collegiality among virtual team members (85%).
- It is difficult to establish rapport and trust in virtual teams (81%).
- Most virtual team members (90%) said they don't have enough time during virtual meetings to build relationships.
- Managing conflict is more challenging on virtual teams than on conventional teams (73%).
- Decision making is more difficult on virtual teams than on conventional teams (69%).
- It is more challenging to express opinions on virtual teams than on conventional teams (64%) (Hastings, 2010).
See also my recent post Virtual Teams spreading but not tipping yet - new research.
About Ken ThompsonKen Thompson delivers keynote conference speeches, workshop facilitation and in-house consultancy in four key business areas:
- Creating High Performing Teams in enterprises including Virtual and Mobile Teams (based on the Bioteams Book)
- Establishing effective Collaborative Business Networks enabling companies to co-operate effectively in areas such as sales and product development (based on the book - The Networked Enterprise)
- How to use the latest social media technologies including blogging and online communities to promote enterprises, brand, organisation or event
- Development of graphical on-line interactive Business Dashboards and What-if Simulators for organisations to support Performance Improvement, Strategy Development and Executive Team Development.
Bioteams Books Reviews
In a just published book Work Goes Mobile by Michael Lattanzi, Antti Korhonen and Vishy Gopalakrishnan, authors of Nokia’s mobility master plan, propose a very useful application profiling scheme to establish the degree to which a business could exploit mobile technologies in their broadest sense. This approach would also be very useful for establishing the support requirements for virtually networked teams.