Ready-to-use tips for virtual teams
You can listen to strategic advice for leading virtual teams such as “build a culture of trust” or “encourage social interactions among your team” all day long; but if you don’t get specific tactical steps that you can implement straight away, those strategies won’t be of much help, according to Hassan Osman in his book Influencing Virtual Teams: 17 Tactics That Get Things Done with Your Remote Employees. Hence the author provides a range of tactics, rather than strategies.
So, what kind of ideas for working with virtual teams does the author recommend? These include:
- Always set deadlines which are reasonable and 100% clear-cut
- Assign the responsibility for tasks to specific individuals, using direct language
- To increase trust in your team, you need to increase the level of reliability and the level of likeability
- Effective emails are short and concise, with your calls to action highlighted
- Virtual meetings can work only if there is a designated leader
- During a virtual meeting the tone of your voice is important: it needs to convey energy and confidence
This is quite a short ebook, and it does not cover the whole field of what you need to do to make virtual teams work effectively. Nonetheless, it does fulfil the author’s promise, which is to provide a number of useful ready-to-implement tactics.