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Virtual Teams Focus on Teamwork

Posted by Yael Zofi on Sep 4th, 2014

With constant changes occurring in the global business environment and economy, getting things done in teams is more important than ever. Given all the downsizing and organizational changes, much more is done virtually in teams. Existing teams have been reconfigured, and employees are working with people they hadn’t worked with before. There appears to be greater recognition that the ability to pull teams together and facilitate collaboration is more critical than in the past. The priority will be on building team chemistry and harmony, partnering across boundaries, and focusing on the company’s big picture interests.

So what does this mean for global leaders and management consultants? Clients are refocused on growth and believe that success depends on obtaining and retaining key talent. That should mean a much greater emphasis on team and leadership development as we move ahead.

The best companies know how to insure both efficiency and effectiveness on their teams. AIM can help you get started. We have a systematic approach to onsite, dispersed and hybrid teams and offer tools and best practices to support you. Checkout online resources on www.yaelzofi.com

If you would like to explore having Yael and/or AIM consultants spend time with your team, please let us know. We are especially interested in offering short presentations or workshops about the new book. Shorter sessions introduce virtual teams to our thinking; longer workshops build people’s skills in using our practical methodology. For more information contact : info@aim-strategies.com

Mid-life Management Crisis – Part II: The Assessment

Posted by AIM Strategies® Team on Jul 22nd, 2014

In overseeing the well-being of others we often forget to check-in with ourselves. This is also true of managers. If you are an avid reader of this blog, you recently learned about a career life event we call the 20/20s. If not, click here to read our last post before continuing with this second half.
 

The manager in this scenario experienced a moment of doubt before realizing the value they [...] Continue Reading…

Mid-life Management Crisis (part of the Virtual Team Comic Relief Series)

Posted by AIM Strategies® Team on Jun 25th, 2014

When did it happen? You had fresh ideas, a new suit, and a promising future. Then one day you woke up to a recollection of a thought, a thousand responsibilities, and a promising diet plan. Your staff speaks CSS, PHP, Ruby, XML, and a few hundred more trendy abbreviations you aren’t quite sure are related to the internet, a reality star, or an expletive; but you do know it [...] Continue Reading…

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

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

“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 [...] Continue Reading…

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…

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