The latest business craze of the 21st century encompasses going global. Yet, these organizations often operate virtually. Communication, however, takes on a brand new meaning when there is no “face-to-face” interaction between team members to facilitate these nontraditional relationships; it is essential to understand how to unify these virtual relationships.
Furthermore, many companies have allowed workers to work from home to achieve huge company savings. Managers assume that an employee, equipped with a computer and fax machine, can stay connected to the organization. This outlook is simply a myth.
James Kouzes and Barry Posner, Authors of The Leadership Challenge, further explain, “…how do leaders create commitment in a virtual organization? Can there be such a thing as virtual commitment?” According to a USA Today poll, nearly half of those interviewed said that corporations can be trusted only a little, or not at all, when it involves looking out for the best interest of employees. Relationships are built on trust. This blog explores the characteristics of effective virtual teams in 21st century organizations.
Dr. Daryl D. Green is the Vice President of Marketing at AGSM Consulting, LLC, where he provides strategic planning, marketing and product development to emerging and existing businesses. In 2016, Dr. Green retired from the Department of Energy, where he had been employed for over 27 years in the DOE’s Environmental Management Program. He is a much sought-after speaker and award-winning author of several textbooks and reference books, including Job Strategies for the 21st Century. Dr. Green has a national digital marketing certification and is also a respected researcher in his field of study, which focuses on culture, decision-making, leadership, management and marketing.
Dr. Green received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Southern University, an M.A. in Organizational Management from Tusculum College, and a doctoral degree in Strategic Leadership from Regent University. He is currently a respected university professor at Oklahoma Baptist University, who has been noted and quoted by USA Today, Ebony Magazine and the Associated Press.