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Leading Virtual Teams: Managing People at a Distance

Recording Date: September 08, 2008
Price: Free

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Overview

As travel costs skyrocket, virtual teams are becoming the standard way of doing business.

Leading a distributed team presents challenges that traditional management techniques can’t always solve. You need to learn new approaches to manage across functional and geographic boundaries and in many cases overcome obstacles of culture and language.

Success comes when you expand your current skills to build a collaborative work environment without benefit of face-to-face interaction. Learning to balance new social skills with technology proves to be the key.

This Webcast focuses on solutions to the unique issues you face when managing in a virtual workplace, whether it be multisite, multicountry, multitime-zone, or all of the above.

What You Will Learn

What does it mean to “lead at a distance” and what are the benefits of virtual teams?

For a full hour, we’ll explore these questions so that you’ll gain insights that can help you better grasp and manage the dynamics of your virtual team, including:

  • Understanding the problems and opportunities of working in a virtual team
  • Lessons learned from global organizations such as Volvo, Shell, and the US Army
  • What you can do today to improve your virtual team leadership, including how to have good virtual meetings

This program includes Q&A session — where we will address specific questions asked by members of the audience!

About the Presenters

Jessica Lipnack is CEO and co-founder of NetAge, a Boston-based consulting company that specializes in virtual teams and collaboration. A globally recognized expert, she works with companies around the world to improve their collaborative capabilities. With industry expert Jeffrey Stamps, she is co-author of six books on this topic, including Virtual Teams: People Working Across Boundaries With Technology, The Age of the Network, and Networking.

 

Technical Requirements

To fully participate in this electronic, interactive and live session, please check your system (or ask your IT department) to ensure it meets the following requirements:

Supported OS, Browser and Additional Requirements

Microsoft® Windows® 98 SE, 2000, XP, Windows VistaTM Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, Business, or Enterprise (32-bit or 64-bit editions)

  • Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher
  • Netscape Navigator 7.1
  • AOL 9
  • Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or higher

Macintosh (OS X 10.2, 10.3, 10.4)

  • Safari 1.1 or higher
  • Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or higher

Linux

  • Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or higher

Solaris

  • Mozilla 1.7 or higher

Additional Requirements:

  • Macromedia Flash Player 8 or higher
  • Macromedia Flash Player 9 or higher for Linux and Solaris
  • Minimum bandwidth requirement is 56 kb/sec

Important tip - Please allow 15 minutes prior to joining a session to conduct your set-up and testing! Dial-up connectors - please allow more time.