Review VLD-Café session #7

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Cross-cultural, Personal development, Virtual Leadership, Virtual Teams, VLD-Cafe | 0 comments

Overcoming intercultural challenges when leading virtual teams … … was this months subject for the VLD-Café. In a lively discussion our diverse group of visitors came up with these fundamental challenges and ideas around the subject: the style of leadership the style and methods of communication building and maintaining a solid and trusting relationship connotations of words in languages which are not mother tongue dealing with conflicts virtually The effects of cultural differences can be amplified because most non-verbal communication is absent. This is important if the going gets tough.     Important aspects Throughout the café session we exchanged...


Review VLD-Café session #6

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Cross-cultural, Leadership, Virtual Leadership, Virtual Teams, VLD-Cafe | 0 comments

The original theme of this 6th VLD-Café session was the development of talents in a virtual context. In other words, how to deal with the development of human capital in dispersed teams where you as a leader have only limited line responsibility for the person involved. One of the participants explained that this is indeed a serious issue for him every now and then. With team members located all over the globe, this manager indicated that one is sometimes not aware of local arrangements around appraisals, people development, local laws, ways of working etc. That makes it complicated. Moreover, it is...


Review of VLD-Café session #4

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Communication, Online meetings, Virtual Leadership, VLD-Cafe | 0 comments

Unfortunately, our 3rd session had to be cancelled -so you won’t find a review of it here. We hope this will remain a one-off, as the feedback from participants so far was very positive and encouraging to continue with this new, innovative format even if not many people can really see how it can work. As soon as they have tried, they are convinced. It does work! And the 4th session of our VLD-Café online get-together has proven it again. The subject this time was about What it takes to get high engagement in virtual meetings The different perspectives brought into the discussion...


How to resolve the loyalty challenge as leader of virtual teams

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Communication, Leadership, Virtual Teams | 0 comments

Working with virtual teams is a common place in multinational organisations these days. As we all know, next to motivation, loyalty between the local organisation and the virtual team can become a challenge for the people working in your virtual team. This challenge of staying loyal to the local organisation and at the same time to your team/you as their team leader might be aggravated in situations where you, as a functional leader, get only part of the working time of the person assigned to your responsibilities. In the following text, I will outline how I would deal with such...