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Virtual Team Comic Relief: Look At Me, I’m Tworking!!!

Posted by AIM Strategies® Team on Apr 4th, 2014

TWORK“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 Miley Cyrus does?” He knowingly laughs while shaking his head, “no”, and explains how he dealt with a similar challenge by opening a social media channel with his team. He tells you that, during a consensus-building exercise, he discovered his team preferred Twitter at work for quick communication and it had a positive impact on productivity. He states, his team may not always be at their computers, but they always carry their mobile phones. And while nothing confidential is posted; short reminders and alerts work beautifully. They even developed fun shorthand as a group. As you confess you personally despise social media but are willing to try anything, you truly understand it’s more about finding what works best for your team. Not that Miley has anything to worry about, but who knows, Tworking might be your undiscovered talent.

 

Establishing ground rules and setting up a Team Code are two critical steps every virtual team should take to ensure high performance. Understand first your company’s policy on social media and other communication resources before entertaining suggestions from your team. Then achieve important buy-in from your members by allowing them to choose an approved method for staying in touch.

 

Connect with us next week for valuable insight and a few helpful tips for establishing a Team Code with your own virtual team. Before then, we want to know if you are enjoying this series by liking us on Facebook.

 
 

Virtual Team Comic Relief: Just In Time For Cocktails – Part 2

Posted by AIM Strategies® Team on Mar 29th, 2014

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 [...] Continue Reading…

Workplace Trends: Green, Green, My Staff Is Green

Posted by AIM Strategies® Team on Mar 26th, 2014

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. [...] Continue Reading…

Virtual Team Comic Relief: Just In Time For Cocktails

Posted by AIM Strategies® Team on Mar 14th, 2014

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 [...] Continue Reading…

4 Tips For Finding The Best Coach For You

Posted by Yael Zofi on Mar 12th, 2014

Winter comes and goes, but a quality executive coach weathers all seasons.
 
We just released the latest edition of our signature AIM® Newsletter featuring a piece on choosing an executive coach. Many of you have shared that it is not easy to find a person who ‘gets you’ from a business perspective, understands your capabilities, and has your interest in mind when offering advice. In this eNews segment, I provide [...] Continue Reading…

A Look Back

Posted by Yael Zofi on Feb 4th, 2014

Last year was another year of relentless change and great uncertainty in a constantly shifting world. Technological marvels and geo-political upheavals once again filled headlines all year long. Our focus at AIM continues to be helping our core audience navigate the complexities inherent in 21st century leadership. Through an exceptionally busy year we worked with the ever-expanding virtual community, helping organizations connect their people resources to achieve business goals. [...] Continue Reading…

Facilitate Now!!!

Posted by Yael Zofi on Jan 22nd, 2014

Yael’s Presentation At The International Association of Facilitators (IAF) NYC Chapter
 
Do you often find yourself having to lead a group of people, perhaps at church or philanthropic events or on a conference call, and wish you had more training?  Or, are you a professional facilitator at work and want to learn new techniques?  There is an excellent group of people and an organization I would like to recommend to [...] Continue Reading…

Happy New Year from AIM Strategies®!!

Posted by Yael Zofi on Jan 7th, 2014

 

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Introducing YaelZofi.com

Posted by Yael Zofi on Dec 19th, 2013

Where you will want to look now for expert advice on Virtual Teams Management is YaelZofi.com.

 

I’m pleased to announce the launch of my new branding site full of resources to read, download, purchase and contact.
 
Through encouragement from clients and colleagues, I’ve designed an accessible and immediate site rich with content on my more than 20 years of experience as an HR professional, researcher and consultant. Over the course of [...] Continue Reading…

Virtual Conflict Mediation – Part Three

Posted by Yael Zofi on Nov 19th, 2013

Conflict Mediation in Virtual Teams
 
As a consultant I am always listening for overall themes or concerns that affect many of my clients. What I hear repeatedly, through my consulting work and from many interviews I conducted for my book, is that virtual managers need to get better at mediating conflict. Maybe that’s because in the virtual workplace these situations often have to be resolved by telephone. While it’s far [...] Continue Reading…

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