If you work in a large organization, then chances are better than good, that you work in at least one 'virtual team', possibly more. If you're like most people you find this 'difficult', if not almost impossible from time to time. The obstacles to performance are many. they include time zone differences, matrix management, the blurring of the work/life boundary, cultural differences which are totally hidden until you're ensnared in some conflict that no one really understands.
Welcome to the modern world.
In the past a 'meeting' was something personal. We could see the people we worked with - we knew the people we worked with - we might even have a personal relationship with the people we worked with. Today we work with complete strangers. People we'll never meet. People we have nothing in common with. Yet? We expect virtual Teams to operate as effectively as 'real' teams.
This presentation builds on some recent work with a multinational organization. It will summarize the issues surrounding virtual teams, paying specific attention to the unexpected issues. It will also offer, (or what's the point of attending?) some possible solutions to the discovered problems.
It will summarize the observations/findings by relating the nature of Virtual Teams to Dr. David Rock's SCARF model.
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