Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Leveraging Technology for Virtual Teams

Technology has spurred the proliferation of virtual teams, alongside globalization and shrinking travel budgets to name a few. If your organization has virtual teams (or commonly known as geographically dispersed teams) are you leveraging technology to the utmost?

Some technologies you may want to consider include:

* TeleConference Brigelines
* Webcasts
* Wikis
* Podcasts

Some of the current bestseller business books such as Wikinomics, explore the themes of how technology, and mass collaboration, is changing the business world. What tools can you leverage for your virtual teams?

Technology has made the globe a much smaller place and has rapidly changed the face of the business world, how we connect and how communication happens.

One of the services I have been offering to businesses and individuals since last June is facilitating virtual retreats. These retreats are held by phone and enable participants to refocus, recharge and renew from their own location (home/office/hotel room). This Saturday (Feb 17/07) I will be holding a six hour Balance Virtual Retreat (10 - 4 pm EST) if you'd like to get a taste of this process.

There are many advantages to the virtual retreat process including:
* The ability to connect participants across many time zones real-time, with no travel cost;
* Retreat scheduled around your schedule -- virtual retreats can be held for a full day or for several hours a day over a longer period;
* Accessibility of business materials for retreat participants right at their finger tips;
* Immediate applicability of new ideas, and action items to the office.

Have you considered holding a virtual retreat for your staff team to keep the momentum going between your regular face-to-face offistes? Please feel free to contact me to explore how a virtual retreat could benefit your organization or team. I look forward to hearing from you!

With best wishes,

Jennifer Britton, CPCC, CHRP, CPT
Potentials Realized
Email: jennifer[at]potentialsrealized[dot]com
Toll Free: 1-866-217-1960

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