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Virtual Teams For Dummies by Tara Powers

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Chapter 7

Structuring and Assembling Your Team

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Aligning team structure around goals and priorities

check Onboarding new team members

check Establishing team values

check Identifying behaviors that build a sense of team

Assembling your virtual team requires thought about what quality processes and structure you want to have in place. Your decision depends on the type of team you’re leading, the work you’re performing, the level of skill and experience on the team, and the culture and values of your organization.

Your team exists to solve a problem or address a need, and defining a structure for your team directly relates to solving that need. Every team needs a foundational structure and frameworks that dictate how the team is organized, how communication and work flows through the team, and who has authority to make decisions. If structure isn’t defined or frameworks aren’t in place, lack of clarity will lead to inefficiencies, missed deadlines, and poor team performance.

Beginning with the onboarding process, develop a strategy for getting your new team members engaged and up to ...

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