Making Virtual Teams Work: Ten Basic Principles

Here is a good article with relevant tips for management of virtual teams:

Consider this now familiar view from the field:

“I’ve run a virtual team for the past 18 months in the development and launch of [a website.] I am located in Toronto, Canada. The website was designed in Zagreb, Croatia. The software was developed in St. […]

B- environment merits B- effort

Managers who complain about slacking staff without examining their work environment are deluded. Being a slacker is not an innate human quality, it’s a product of the habitat. Fundamentally, everyone wants to do a good job (the statistical outliers who do not follow this are not worth focusing policy on).

The problem is that deluded managers expect […]

Quote — William Gibson

“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounding yourself […]

The 11 Essential Elements Needed to Achieve True Collaboration

Dan Sanker states that ironically, in order to remain “competitive” companies will have to become more collaborative. Collaborate: The Art of We is a practical guide to going beyond democratic or cooperative work to creating truly collaborative work environments as a growth strategy.

Collaboration is not a new concept, but globalization and new technologies have turned it […]

A Checklist for Team Readiness

Just because the plan seems complete and you think you’re ready to go doesn’t necessarily mean that you are. Apparently small details left unattended as the project is poised for execution can become the source of re-work, frustration, delays, conflict and dysfunctional team behaviors later on in the project.

16 Team Readiness Checks

Here are some of those […]

Quote of the Day

A successful team is a group of individuals who hold each other accountable for a […]

Books on Leadership and Teams

Genuine Curiosity: Putting the work in Teamwork

Dwayne Melancon lists his five favorite books about teamwork and leadership.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

This is an easy read with some hard advice. It describes a team engaged in some destructive, disloyal, and counterproductive habits – many of which sound exactly like some of the screwed […]