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:
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.