FiFA World Cup fever, which heightened in intensity as the finals neared, united
sports fans across the globe in front of their TVs. Global happenings like the
World Cup, the Olympics or even Oscar night, can seemingly shrink the world to
a small village but when tasked with managing a remote workforce-across
continents or cities-the distance between remote team members can seem vast.
Remote is Close
Remote teams and how they work is more than an interesting abstraction
at our company. We have subsidiaries in 31 countries and distribution in more
than 120, additionally, our global management and sales forces are working from
a myriad of locations. In the Beyond Folders blog we've written about managing the
challenges of a global workforce in Teams and Time Zones:
Tips for a Global Workforce and posted tips
enabling employees to gain recognition in Remote
Workers Do Not Have to Be Invisible.
Managing remote teams presents a singular challenge: when the old
model of "MBWA" or management by walking around, popularized as a catchphrase
in the first business bestseller, In Search of
Excellence, no longer
applies, what is the new model?
In short, successful leaders of remote teams must demonstrate a
willingness to travel and be adept users of social media. I am a fan of two
fascinating articles making these points; in Management
by Flying Around Harvard
professor Rosabeth Moss Kantar argues that "showing up is the number one key to
success." And in Leading Virtual Teams to Real Results, two leading businesswomen and
writers, maintain that social media is a crucial tool for leading remote teams.
For a constructive read on managing both the logistics and morale of
remote teams, I would steer readers to How to Manage
Employees in Remote Locations.
Do you lead a
remote team? How do you maximize morale and productivity remotely? Share your
thoughts here and on the Beyond Folders Community's Facebook
and Twitter pages.
by Bradley Eggers
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