As a registered member of Search400.com, you're entitled to a complimentary copy of Chapter 7 of Managing Without Walls written by Colleen Garton and Kevin Wegryn and published by MC Press. This chapter, Virtual Teamwork , will help you to transform a group of individuals working independently to achieve their own goals into a team working collaboratively to achieve the team's goals.
Worldwide, companies like yours are rapidly adopting a new business model: the virtual office, where team members use technology to break down geographic boundaries and collaborate on projects from around the globe. New ways of doing business require fresh new approaches to management, and this is particularly true when managing IT resources that may be located almost anywhere...from Baltimore to Bangalore. Managing Without Walls shows managers like you how to leverage the virtual business model for maximum effectiveness. With it, you'll learn special techniques for being successful at managing, coaching, and developing team members in this new and exciting, but challenging, environment.
Many managers and team members still try to cling to traditional management processes, often with limited success. Researchers tell us that 80% of human communication is non-verbal, but this valuable "face time" is lost in a virtual team setting. Therefore, managers must learn to both manage and communicate differently. This book demonstrates why traditional methods fall short in this new paradigm and offers effective alternatives. The authors discuss at length the management and communication issues you'll face. They then explain how to conquer those issues and share proven methods to handle virtual teams. With this practical advice, aspiring as well as existing virtual managers will acquire the skills and tools they need to be successful in today's new business reality.
Managing Without Walls shows not only the "how" and "what" but also the "why" of managing virtual teams. You'll learn tips and solutions that can be applied immediately. Soon you'll be optimizing the effectiveness of your teams…no matter where they are.
With Managing Without Walls, you will:
Chapter 1: Virtual Management
Chapter 2: The Virtual Manager
Chapter 3: Creating and Managing the Virtual Team
Chapter 4: Managing Global Teams
Chapter 5: Outsourcing
Chapter 6: Time Management
Chapter 7: Virtual Teamwork
Chapter 8: Team Processes and Procedures
Chapter 9: Virtual Communication
Chapter 10: Virtual Politics
Chapter 11: Managing Conflict
Chapter 12: Virtual Management of High-Risk and Catastrophic Events
Chapter 13: Virtual Management and Communication Tools
Chapter 14: Virtual Leadership
Appendix A: Virtual Skill Set Checklists
Appendix B: Reports and Documentation
Appendix C: Case Study
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This was first published in March 2007