Ch 1: Strategies for Managing Virtual Teams

About This Chapter

Managing a virtual team presents special challenges and often requires different strategies than working with an in-house team. You can utilize these video lessons to train your managerial staff in the skills they need to lead a productive virtual team.

Strategies for Managing Virtual Teams - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to help your managers develop strategies for handling various issues that may come up when working with virtual teams, including hiring, scheduling and productivity. Managerial staff should learn about the following:

  • Benefits of utilizing virtual teams
  • Duties of a virtual team manager
  • How to promote productivity in a virtual team
  • Management strategies for virtual teams
  • How to overcome the drawbacks of mixing office and virtual teams

These brief video lessons describe the duties of a manager of virtual teams and look at potential problems and resolutions. Used as part of a group corporate training program, the lessons and quizzes that accompany the the videos offer an opportunity for your managers to share experiences and exchange ideas.

How It Helps

  • Educates managers: Your virtual team managers can get an overview of their responsibilities, including hiring, goal setting and scheduling, by watching these lessons.
  • Teaches strategies: By providing several management strategies for common workplace situations, these videos present managerial employees with options they can adapt to their team's specific needs.
  • Prevents conflict: Sometimes there are problems and misconceptions when virtual teams work with office-based teams. These lessons will help your managers understand these issues and be ready to address them should they occur.

Skills Covered

Watching these video lessons should leave your managers able to:

  • Discuss the advantages of working with virtual teams
  • Understand the manager's role in organizing a virtual team
  • Foster productivity among a virtual team
  • Utilize management strategies in several areas, including communication and productivity
  • Blend virtual and office teams

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: Strategies for Managing Virtual Teams
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Advantages of Virtual Teams

1. Advantages of Virtual Teams

Virtual teams have a number of advantages because of how easy it is to communicate with employees around the world. Learn about the advantages of virtual teams, a few of which include lower costs, retention, flexibility, and reduction in conflict.

Planning & Organizing a Virtual Team

2. Planning & Organizing a Virtual Team

A virtual team is made up of workers who are located in different parts of the world and communicate online. Learn about the importance of planning and organizing a virtual team, communicating, and the use of software and hardware.

Tips for Building Productive Virtual Teams

3. Tips for Building Productive Virtual Teams

Building a successful virtual team requires trust and accountability. Clear communication and the right technology tools are also important factors in helping a virtual team collaborate.

Effective Management Styles for Virtual Teams

4. Effective Management Styles for Virtual Teams

In this lesson, we'll explore effective management styles for the supervisor who works with virtual teams. You'll learn the characteristics of each style and the reasons why these approaches are a good fit for virtual teams.

How to Lead Virtual Teams Effectively

5. How to Lead Virtual Teams Effectively

To lead virtual teams effectively, it is important that everyone is able to work together. Learn how to lead virtual teams effectively by reaching out frequently, effective communication, and by building on common bonds.

Practical Application: Assessing Virtual Team Leadership

6. Practical Application: Assessing Virtual Team Leadership

How do virtual team managers make sure everyone is doing his or her work and staying connected when everyone works from different locations? Try out this self-assessment for virtual team leadership.

Challenges With Blending Virtual & Office Teams

7. Challenges With Blending Virtual & Office Teams

The successful blending of virtual and office teams is crucial in order for the team to be productive. Learn how communication tools, clear expectations, fair performance measurements and collaboration opportunities can help bridge the gap.

Managing Conflict in Virtual Teams

8. Managing Conflict in Virtual Teams

In this lesson, we will explore several key ways that one can manage conflict when working with virtual teams. In addition, we will discuss the two major types of conflict that arise in virtual work situations.

Special Considerations for Managing Virtual Teams

9. Special Considerations for Managing Virtual Teams

When managing virtual teams, managers must take a closer look at job roles, project scope, and risk mitigation. In this lesson, we'll take a closer look at these special considerations for remote team managers.

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