Managing “Virtual” People

Being able to communicate with teams of people, or even a staff of one, is so easy. However, how can you ensure your “team” is indeed a “team” when distance separates them?

Business Week reads Many new businesses are “virtual companies,” in which entrepreneurs and their staffs work from home offices. Frequently, these offices are scattered around the country or even around the world, tied together by increasingly sophisticated and inexpensive technology.
Although the absence of a “normal” office environment changes the job of managing people, it doesn’t eliminate the need for doing so effectively. In fact, it introduces new challenges the founder must be aware of. As in every realm of business — and life — these challenges are the flip side of a set of advantages that prompted the model to take hold in the first place.
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