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A Manager's Guide to Virtual Teams Hardcover – August 17, 2011

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“…an indispensable source of the best information for forming, managing, and continuing the effectiveness of virtual work teams.” --Blog Business World



“…excellent primer on creating a virtual team that is productive, effective, and cost efficient…ought to be required reading for company executives.” --Inland Empire Business Journal



"...a virtual roadmap for team managers who want to make nearly unlimited access to global talent gel in reality.” --IIE Industrial Engineer magazine



“…a must-read for anyone who works virtually or interacts with others who work virtually. And these days, that seems to be just about everyone.” --CIO Digest

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With an increasing number employees working remotely, it is more difficult than ever to ensure that team members are working smoothly and productively together. A Manager’s Guide to Virtual Teams is a practical roadmap for bridging the logistical, cultural, and communication gaps that can prevent any virtual team from reaching its full potential. The book explores the four most critical elements to team success:

• Trust and Accountability. Ten tips for creating trust within and across virtual teams

• Communication. The particular challenges of the virtual world, especially in cross-cultural collaborations

• Conflict Management. Examples, case scenarios, and resolution strategies

• Deliverables. How virtual teams can get their work “out the door” faster and better

A Manager’s Guide to Virtual Teams features the author’s proprietary Trust Wheel model, which includes powerful tools to help teams develop and ensure trust without face-to-face interaction. Filled with self-study exercises, activities, and advice based on the author’s 20 years’ consulting experience, this book can help any organization realize the promise of professionals working closely together—even if they’ve never met.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM (August 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814416594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814416594
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Honestly, the only thing I can believe is that the other people who reviewed this book were employees or friends of the author, because this book is a waste of time. It is the kind of business-fluff that does not even rise to the level of common sense that passes for insight in all too many business books out there. Really, it's important to remember that technology is not a goal in itself but meant to facilitate business? Shocker. Really, even smart people don't work well together sometimes? I had no idea. If you're looking for a book that does more than repeat canned mantras that you've known for years, keep looking, because this isn't it..
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It's a good thing too because it is the only such map of the virtual world out there today to my knowledge. This is truly an exceptional book on a surprisingly nuanced topic by Yael Zofi. She covers every aspect of virtual teams so clearly, concisely and comprehensively.

As a co-founder of Desktop Anywhere in 2001 I am a long time believer of the huge benefits and profound opportunities available to those who best leverage this new Digital World. I also know how challenging such a change is for businesses and the people behind them.

On the surface it might seem that moving to Virtual Teams is not so different than managing people pretty much like you do now. I can tell you from years of experience that this is not the case. Many of the same dynamics that are so critical to collaboration are highly amplified when you add the virtual element. Team dynamics like authenticity, credibility and trust need to be planted, farmed and harvested differently than teams physically together. Your results with virtual teams will reflect your preparation and execution and winging it is not a good strategy.

And Virtual Workers are "Green" too. The more we have our teams work effectively free from location constraints the less infrastructure, oil, electricity, office space, etc. that we will use. Work/life balance can be greatly improved too. There will even be less congestion on the highways.

This does not mean that going to virtual teams means sub par results. On the contrary, managed correctly, results can be significantly improved when the execution is correct. One of my favorite teams used Web meetings when we were in the same office just a wall away from each other.
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So, this book is written very well and readable for the average non-high tech person because it's focus is on the PEOPLE. The author uses great organization to his book highlighting the big picture view, then going specific into detail. He utilizes practical application stories, real life examples and so on. The philosophy taught in this book stretches beyond just virtual teams into our everyday life with our kids, spouses, friends, and interpersonal relationship. It really is a great gem because it's simple, articulate and delivers contextually what is needed for practical application. I was pleased from both a business and personal perspective.
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IF I would have absolutely no idea of what a virtual team is
and I would just lately been confronted with the idea that I should consider the option of creating a virtual team I MIGHT give 2 starts for this book.

But as I'm living this reality for over 5 years and would just like to improve the virtual team work this book brings for me absolutely nothing. After reading it half I just had to read the rest to see it the level rises even a little but no, it did not. It's not only that there are so much better books out there but it's that this is amazing poor manager book!
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My role as a facilitator for a number of teams caused me to read Yael Zofi’s book, A Manager’s Guide to Virtual Teams. A number of sections helped me directly in the initial team calls and being more deliberate in my collaboration efforts to provide more focus for the teams. While working on a new process for the company I work at, her recommendations on international factors led me to reach out differently than I would have normally to the international stakeholders for this new process. As a result I had much higher engagement, more honest feedback, and buy-in for the development of the process.
Treating team members as “customers” has provided me a different perspective in the preparation for my team interactions and helps me to listen more effectively, particularly on conference calls and team meetings. Doing so is helping me frame my discussions and non-verbal aspects (when meeting face-to-face) in a way that puts more emphasis and value on "them" and less on my process or me. The impact is less stress, higher collaboration and better solutions.
I have recommended Yael’s book on Virtual Teams to the other managers I deal with to help them manage more effectively with their “virtual” teams as well as be more deliberate with their local reports.

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I used the Kindle version, and Although the information is all in here, the pagination is not. The lack of pagination makes for difficulty when trying to cite the book as a resource. If you are studying the content outside of the classroom, then this resource, Kindle version may be fine. Otherwise, if you are in school, as I am, it's really a difficult resource to use.
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