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Managing Conflict in Distributed Teams – Part One

Conflicts are inevitable in any workplace, but can be particularly challenging in distributed teams, where team members don’t work in the same office. As a leader, it’s important to understand these differences, so you can prevent conflicts before they occur if possible, and address them promptly when they do occur.

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References

Virtual Collaboration and 5 Myths About Leading Virtual Teams

Many managers admit they don’t know how to manage and lead virtual teams effectively — particularly when it comes to trust, communication, managing deadlines, and achieving consensus in decision-making. Even worse, there are some common myths about virtual teams, which can cause friction within the team or even seriously damage its performance.

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The five myths:

  1. Myth #1: It’s too difficult to build trust
    Reality: It’s not more difficult; it’s just different.
  2. Myth #2: It’s too difficult to build synergy
    Reality: Synergy is intentional, not incidental.
  3. Myth #3: Team members feel too isolated and detached
    Reality: Some personalities thrive under remote work arrangements.
  4. Myth #4: Interpersonal skills aren’t important
    Reality: If anything, interpersonal skills are even more important.
  5. Myth #5: You can’t measure and reward performance
    Reality: Sometimes you can do it even better.

After the webinar, I asked participants “What was the most useful thing you learned today?” Here are some of their answers:

“The opportunities are out there so make the most of them”

“It was all useful and I enjoyed the webinar (although in this case not applicable to me)”

“reminder of how to include others in virtual activities”

“That moving away from a physical office is not as scary as I thought”

“Collaboration tools and debunking the myths”

“Debunking of the 5 myths”

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Collaborative Overload

Collaborative Overload

We now have so many ways to collaborate – faster, more efficiently, and with more people. But is collaboration always such a good thing? Too much of it can lead to collaborative overload, which stifles decision-making, puts pressure on key people in your team, and defeats the purpose of having a smart, diverse, team.

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Five Keys to Communicating Remotely

By definition, an Out of Office team has some or all of its members working remotely – and that raises important communication challenges. You might think you’re good at communicating remotely, but are you really? The article Five Keys to Communicating Remotely suggests five techniques to improve your communication with remote team members.

  1. Choose your tool wisely.
  2. Focus on the message received.
  3. Listen more carefully.
  4. Think about more than your message.
  5. Be more intentional.

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How to Connect Out-Of-Office Workers In Person

How to Connect Out-Of-Office Workers In Person

We talk a lot about how to make out of office work effective. But there are still benefits to meeting in person – even if it only happens occasionally. In this episode, we look at various scenarios for in-person meetings, as well as their pros and cons.

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Infographic: How to Run Successful Remote Meetings

How to Run a Remote Meeting – An infographic by Hubstaff.com

Performance Management in the Gig Economy

As work teams become more fluid, managers and leaders not only need to understand how to lead full-time Out of Office workers, but other types of workers as well. One growing sector is the freelancer community (also known as the “gig economy”). It’s easy to treat freelancers as simply resources who do one-off jobs. But that ignores the skills, talents, and unique experiences of these freelancers.

The Harvard Business Review article “Performance Management in the Gig Economy” gives leaders a number of ideas for getting more out of these freelancers:

  • Share context
  • Measure more than cost, schedule, and quality
  • Encourage agile talent to communicate concerns before problems bloom
  • Demonstrate two-way feedback
  • Make sure the right managers are supervising your agile talent
  • Acknowledge excellence and share the news

How To Innovate With Distributed Teams

How To Innovate With Distributed TeamsThere’s a common belief that innovation and synergy are weaker in distributed teams, because people don’t bump into each other to spark great ideas. However, that’s not necessarily true. It is possible, as long as you overcome the natural “out of sight, out of mind” bias against your remote workers.

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References

Why Videoconferencing Makes You More Productive

Jarek Wasielewski of ClickMeeting wrote about how videoconferencing is a powerful productivity tool, even for in-person teams:

  • Meetings Start and End On Time
  • Perfect for On-call Meetings
  • Better Decision-Making and Collaboration
  • Online Meetings Reduce Stress
  • Working From Your Place of Choice Improves Focus

For Out of Office teams, videoconferencing is an even more important tool for productivity, collaboration and trust.

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New Tools for Out of Office Workers

If you’re working in a distributed team, you might already know about some of the more common tools and apps, such as Dropbox, Evernote, iCloud, GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Skype, Buffer, and Hootsuite. These are all wonderful tools, but there are also a whole host of other tools available. We’re going to share some of them today, so you know about them and can consider whether it’s worth integrating them into your workplace.

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References

Productivity:

Collaboration:

  • HipChat: A chatroom application designed to help teams collaborate
  • Slack: Competitor to HipChat, with many of the same features
  • Sqwiggle: A simple chatroom aimed at distributed teams
  • IDoneThis: A simple tool for teams to share what they’ve achieved each day

Connecting with the world:

  • Zapier: Automate actions based on triggers
  • LinkedIn Pulse: Publish articles directly to LinkedIn
  • ContentGems: Serve up relevant articles in your area of interest

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