The aim of this book
What is the first thing you do when you start your working day? Most likely it is turning on your computer, logging in to your company´s virtual platform or checking your e-mails on your smartphone. Probably while reading this book you may be also receiving e-mails from your colleagues in China, or perhaps waiting to join a web-meeting with your US partners.
This new “working approach” of being constantly and easily reachable through different media has not only become a requirement for executives right across the world, but it is also now a key priority for businesses of all shapes and sizes to be able to minimise cost structures in order to maximise return on capital. Virtual teams are one way of reducing travelling costs, while hiring top talent, irrespective of location in the world. And yet, despite these changes, so many managers continue to search for recommendations on how to make virtual working real. And that is where this book comes into play. It consists of a unique compilation of different perspectives on virtual collaboration and virtual leadership, based on 8 years of research and more than 10 years’ of experience directly working with clients. This experience involves working with teams focussing on international change management, strategy and team development – all projects with a strong focus on virtual collaboration.
The aim of this book is to provide you with a practical guide into the virtual world, from the perspective of a team member, as well as the team leader. In it, we share our practical experience in working with virtual teams, offering a wide range of useful tools and approaches for establishing, leading and facilitating successful geographically-dispersed teams.
ELISA ALBERTO is partner at Doujak Corporate Development. Elisa’s work focuses on global change management projects; organizational transformation and culture change; development and implementation of change communication strategies; international collaboration and team development; in virtual as well as face to face settings. She also coaches managers and executives on intercultural challenges, from one-to-one coaching to designing and delivering multinational and virtual team building programs, as well as global leadership and intercultural trainings. She has extensive experience in the ﬁeld of virtual teams and virtual collaboration and is also a certiﬁed virtual trainer. Originally from Italy, Elisa has lived in several countries: USA, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria and currently lives in Munich, Germany.
CHRISTINE WAWRA is partner at Doujak Corporate Development. Her main areas of expertise are international change management and transformation projects as well as strategy development and implementation projects with a focus on leadership, involvement and communication. Christine is an expert in executive team development and coaching and the design and delivery or large group events. She has extensive experience in the ﬁeld of virtual teams and virtual collaboration in terms of consulting and training. Born and raised in Austria, Christine has travelled around the globe for work assignments, as well as for pleasure: at the time of publishing this book, she has been to 44 countries on four continents, inspiring her work and her thinking for this book to a considerable degree.
MAKING VIRTUAL REAL
HOW TO LEAD GLOBAL TEAMS ACROSS DISTANCE
As a leader this book offers great tools in the initial stages of building a virtual team as well as for later on, when managing the team or assessing team performance
As a virtual team member, you will get ideas and insights about how cultural differences can affect how people communicate and understand each other in virtual meetings, as well as practical tips on virtual facilitation
As a consultant or virtual trainer, you will have a comprehensive guide that covers the most important aspects of virtual leadership, virtual collaboration and facilitation