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Global Virtual Teams: What’s Working? What’s Frustrating?

Posted by Katelind Hays

Jul 18, 2017 12:45:07 PM

BYTE Session Recap

40695943_s.jpgThanks to technological advances, physical walls and single zip codes no longer constrain our organizations. Virtual teams have grown rapidly and widely in the last 10 years – managers can lead, even when working from different continents then their reports.

Organizations have the ability to hire the best talent, regardless of applicant address. While this is certainly wonderful, there are challenges associated with this business model and management category.

Recently, guest BYTE speaker Mary Kingsley provided sage advice to leaders looking to inspire their global virtual teams. Watch the entire replay to learn about the cultural assumptions you need to let go of for success, habits you can build to increase your cross-cultural listening abilities, and how to develop an effective communication pattern that ensures clarity in the virtual environment.

BYTE learners taught us something too: their proven techniques for, and frustrating truths that hinder, virtual team success.

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Topics: Virtual Teams

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home as Part of a Remote Team

Posted by Jenny Holt

Dec 6, 2016 7:27:49 PM

InSync Training operates under a thoroughly modern business model: the entire team works remotely! Guest blogger Jenny Holt provides some benefits and drawbacks of this arrangement. 

40695943_s.jpgMany businesses are moving away from having dedicated office space in their facilities for team members to work in. Instead, they are choosing to allow, and even encourage, workers to perform their daily activities from home.

As you might imagine, there are both pros and cons associated with remote teams. By analyzing the pros and cons of having remote teams in your workforce, you may be able to determine if this is a management strategy that might work for you and your employees.

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Topics: Virtual Work, Virtual Teams

Creating, Leading, and Maintaining Highly Functional Virtual Teams

Posted by Katelind Hays

Apr 7, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Virtual_teamAssociation for Talent Development (ATD) Session Recap

Over the past 20 years, Jennifer Hofmann has built an entirely virtual and highly functional team at InSync Training. Interestingly, when she started her company, “We used to hide the fact that we were a 100% virtual, work-from-home team. It wasn’t cool back then. People didn’t understand how you could be professional. Now we understand that virtual teams are able to be professional, and that it’s the way the workforce is moving.”

Establishing her virtual workforce has not been without its challenges, however. For this reason, Jennifer took the time to share her lessons learned and best practices with the Association for Talent Development’s (ATD) webcast audience on March 17, 2016.

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Topics: Virtual Teams

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