Global Virtual Teams

Modern, multi-national organizations need their employees to be able to work as effectively in virtual teams as they do in co-located teams, but often find people lack the necessary skill-sets and knowledge to do so. It is, obviously, harder to build team identity, culture and trust when a team spans the globe than when everyone shares the same location.

Global Business Culture’s Virtual Team-building programmes are designed to give team members and leaders the insight, knowledge and practical skills needed to bridge culture, distance and time. Our aim is that delegates complete the course armed with an effective toolkit which can be used in all virtual situations.

How we add value

With over 15 years’ experience of working with some of the world’s most prestigious global companies, Global Business Culture has developed a range of training interventions which are designed to be of immediate practical value to delegates. We do not talk theory, we talk practice by addressing such issues as:
Course topics include
  • Defining virtual teams
  • The role of the virtual team leader
  • Cultural expectations of team members
  • Key national cultures
  • Developing common process
  • Maximising virtual meetings
  • Communicating within virtual teams
  • Building trust across time and distance
  • Use of technology

Typical training interventions

Although all our programmes are tailored to suit the needs of each individual client, our courses could cover the following formats:
  • Leading virtual teams
  • Working as a virtual team member
  • Improving the effectiveness of existing virtual teams
  • Effective communication within virtual teams
  • Making virtual meetings work

Leading Virtual Teams

Leaders of the future will be presented with a set of challenges they have not really faced in the past. How do I make an international virtual team work as efficiently and effectively as a team who sit in the same office as me? They will be faced with teams who are geographically distant, who work in different time zones, who have competing local priorities and who, crucially, may have completely different cultural attitudes to some of the most basic team issues.
Virtual team leaders need help if they are to navigate through these complex issues successfully. They need to be guided through the key issues of global virtual team leadership if they are to fully engage their team members and ensure maximum commercial efficiencies.


Global Business Culture has years of experience in helping clients develop their talent pool and engender a truly global mindset within the leadership team.

Typical issues covered might include
  • Defining virtual teams
  • The role of the virtual team leader
  • Cultural expectations of team members
  • Key national cultures
  • Developing common process
  • Communicating within virtual teams
  • Maximising virtual meetings
  • Building trust across time and distance
  • Developing effective distance relationships
  • Use of technology

Working as a Virtual Team Member

It can be difficult to work effectively as a team member when your colleagues and, crucially, your leader are located in a different country and even in a different time zone. Virtual team members are often made to feel like mere commodities who are not respected or valued by the leader or other colleagues.
Virtual team members, therefore, need to gain a better understanding of the unique dynamics of working in a virtual environment and be given help in developing strategies to enable them to feel more fully integrated. The responsibility for better team integration and trust-building lies partly with the team-leader but also with the individual members of the team.

Global Business Culture has years of experience in helping clients develop their talent pool and engender a truly global mindset within the leadership team.

Course topics include
  • Defining virtual teams
  • The role of the virtual team members
  • Cultural expectations of other team members
  • Working with a leader form a different country
  • Understanding roles and responsibilities within virtual teams
  • The need for common process
  • Communicating within virtual teams
  • Maximising virtual meetings
  • Building trust across time and distance
  • Developing effective distance relationships
  • Use of technology

Making Virtual Meetings Work
Many virtual teams rely heavily on conference calls as a key team communication activity, yet many teams are also well-aware that the calls they participate in simply don’t work very well. Calls are often dominated by a small number of people with many team members remaining non-participative. Key messages can be lost through unclear communication, lack of clarification and simple lack of attention.
It is imperative that conference calls are made to work as efficiently as possible and Global Business Culture has significant experience helping teams improve their ability to maximise the output of these events.

Course topics include
  • Typical problems of conference calls
  • Conference call simulation
  • Planning the call
  • Meeting control
  • Total team participation
  • Finishing the call with impact
  • Post call follow-up and actions

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