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1 August 2019
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Four Tips on How to Lead an Effective Virtual Team
According to SHRM 66% of multinationals and half of all organizations use virtual teams. Virtual team, however, are still considered inferior in some key areas. Traditional teams, for example, receive higher marks when it comes to developing trust, maintaining morale, monitoring performance and managing conflict. The absence of visual cues can make developing a shared understanding more difficult than in a physical meeting. Different time zones and cultural and technology barriers can also make collaboration more difficult.

These challenges, of course, can be addressed by promoting strong leadership behaviours and training virtual teams in skills to build relationships and trust. Simply put, best practices aren’t being implemented (or even clearly defined) enough. In fact, research indicates that less than 20 per cent of virtual teams receive training on how to work effectively as a virtual team, leaving most virtual leaders and their team members operating in unproductive ways. As a result, one-quarter of virtual teams fail to meet expectations.

Here are four leadership tips that will vastly improve the effectiveness of your virtual teams.   

10 Ways of Saving Face with Cultural Intelligence
The idea of saving face with cultural intelligence governs social interaction in many high-context cultures, from Latin to Arab, but no more so than in Asia, particularly in China, Korea and Japan.

This notion that any kind of social embarrassment should be avoided stems from the need to maintain social harmony. Saving face with cultural intelligence is more than the Western concept of simply protecting one’s personal integrity; it’s more about preserving the honor of the group, whether that be a family, a clan, a company or even the country. Failure to understand this can cause a permanent rift in a relationship. Of course, individuals within a group may have different outlooks, but here are ten survival tips for doing business in a high-context culture.

China Flightpack: The Perfect Business Travel Companion
Download our complete guide to Chinese business culture. Our downloadable Flightpacks are available through the Country Navigator app but here is an exclusive sneakpeak for you to view what is on offer. Our Flightpacks cover 10 key cultural skills areas and top tips for success in your destination of choice.
What We're Reading This Week
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How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job

By Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith

Since the publication of his international bestseller What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, business guru Marshall Goldsmith realized that while some of the habits he outlined apply to both men and women, women face specific, and different, challenges as they seek to advance in their careers. He partnered with longtime colleague, women’s leadership expert Sally Helgesen, to create this invaluable handbook for women trying to take the next step in their careers. They realized that for women in particular, the very skills and habits that made them successful early in their careers could actually be holding them back as they advance to the next stage of their working lives. 

This book sets out to help women identify specific behaviors that keep them from realizing their full potential, no matter what stage they are in their career. It will also help them identify why what worked for them in the past will not necessarily get them where they want to go in the future–and how to finally shed those behaviors so they can advance to the next level, whatever that may be.

Ebook series
By Terence Brake

As part of our ongoing commitment to the development of borderless working strategies, Terence Brake, our Head of Learning and Innovation, has written a series of insightful books.

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