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Virtual Teams Blog

AIM Strategies® Team
04/04/2014 - 22:34

“Exactly when did the crazy cat lady drop off this box of kittens to manage?” you ask yourself after another epic fail to reach your virtual team. Sure you handpicked them, sure you love their energy, and sure you benefit from your global footprint, but are you asking too much for a little communication now and then? Just as you are about to take extreme measures, Michael, your friend and colleague, who served alongside you in the trenches when you were both wide-eyed junior executives, enters your office with a supportive “Dude, your frustration is palpable. What’s up?”
 
After you launch into a brief rant, he asks if you’ve tried “Tworking”. Of course you respond, “That thing...

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AIM Strategies® Team
03/29/2014 - 01:58

You may recall our recent post describing a scenario not uncommon to most teams – multiple complications with an added network failure to liven things up. If you didn’t get a chance, you can read it here, Virtual Team Comic Relief: Just In Time For Cocktails, before continuing with Part 2 below. (We don’t want to spoil the story for you.)

 

So the question posed in Part 1 was “What occurred during the 30-minute call?” How is it possible to solve a client’s issues in just thirty minutes? True, thirty minutes isn’t a lot of time if you think about it. That’s not even enough time to perform a simple task like washing...

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AIM Strategies® Team
03/26/2014 - 21:50

Green Staff – Now that could mean a lot of things, right?  Maybe they just fell off a turnip truck, maybe they are envious of your new office furniture…or maybe, just maybe…they are among the 2.9 million US telecommuters who save 390 million gallons of gas and prevent the release of 3.6 million tons of greenhouse gas yearly according to Telework Research Network (TRN).
 
Telecommuting is increasing for many reasons. Employee demand for more flexible work environments could be one reason. Real estate footprint reductions caused by rising lease costs could be another, but whatever the reasons; there are clearly benefits beyond personal interest and company bottom lines.
 
As in another factoid from TRN that blew our environmentally-conscious minds: “...

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AIM Strategies® Team
03/14/2014 - 02:52

t’s 12 noon, the in-person Chicago meeting you led just ended; the client wants answers; John is heading home from the UK office; Seiko in Japan is asleep; you’re expected in Atlanta for dinner with your spouse and your spouse’s boss; and the network just went down.  These are real-world issues for the 21st century executive.  What do you do next?  You’ve built your team’s success around work/life balance and choosing an approach inconsistent with those values could be dangerous. However, losing valuable client business would be equally devastating.

 

Fortunately, you mapped your team’s destination long ago and the results are in motion.  Seiko tele-presented the financials at the beginning of the meeting and has emailed client concerns to her team.  John tele-attended the...

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