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In today’s complex organizations it is not uncommon to have as many as 50 percent of employees working on virtual teams. Virtual collaboration has already begun to transform many business sectors. The gradual shift of the U.S. economy from manufacturing and production to one of knowledge and information has contributed to a dramatic change in how and where people work. Virtual Team Success leverages the authors’ global research study and hands-on experience to provide a resource for virtual team members and team leaders. The authors suggest that successful virtual teams are characterized by members that effectively interact among themselves, build a solid basis of trust with each other, and have strong team building and interpersonal skills.

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Related book summaries in the BBS library: The Distance Manager, Managing the Mobile WorkforceCreativity in Virtual Teams

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Innovate the Pixar WayToday, many American companies are highly risk averse and are taking a short-term view of business. Greater focus on innovation is needed to make companies more competitive. In Innovate the Pixar Way, Bill Capodagli and Lynn Jackson discuss how leaders at animation giant Pixar have cultivated an innovative culture. They identify numerous ways that organizations can create their own “innovation playgrounds.” While researching the sources of Pixar’s innovative genius, the authors examined the company’s culture, leadership, teaming, and training. Organizations that are both innovative and profitable require a delicate balance between two very different characteristics: 1) childlike dreaming and 2) task-driven execution. Pixar has been successful at achieving this balance.

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Related book summaries in the BBS library: Innovation X, Grabbing Lightning, Imagination First

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With an increasing number of employees working outside the central workplace, direct control over members of a project team is a thing of the past. In The Distance Manager, authors Kimball Fisher and Mareen Duncan Fisher have created a practical guide for employers and managers on how to get the most out of off-site employees and virtual teams. Emphasizing the value of management skills and resources required to keep the project on track, the Fishers offer simple tips and real examples in order to guide the prospective team to a project’s successful conclusion.

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Today’s workforce is more diverse than ever, and in order to succeed, savvy businesses are looking to the emerging world of social media to help employees build relationships and solve problems together. In Social Media at Work, the authors outline the benefits of social media and provide step-by-step processes for designing and implementing strategies that harness its power.

Social media is here to stay, and its benefits and applications will only continue to grow in number. At some point, social media will not be a competitive advantage; it will be a “table stake”—a cost necessary to attract and retain workers in the 21st century. Social Media at Work provides a comprehensive guide for forward-thinking executives looking to leverage the power of social media and foster collaboration, build more effective and agile organizations, and sustain competitiveness.

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I think a lot of business professionals today view social media as a way for college kids to update their friends and the world on all the minutiae of their lives. While it can be used for such trivial matters, social media is also a very powerful networking and learning tool.

Social media allows professionals and experts to connect with others and share ideas. It can be a powerful collaborative tool when used appropriately, and companies are now harnessing the power of social media to promote, reinforce, and drive their learning initiatives. When companies make collaborative learning an integral part of their daily business, employees are more likely to succeed because there is a support structure built into the learning process.

For anyone interested in finding out more about collaborative learning and the role of social media in learning initiatives, Chief Learning Officer magazine is hosting a webinar tomorrow at 2:00 EST titled “Enterprise Collaboration: Can You Connect Social Learning and Business Performance?” The webinar is for companies that either already implement social media in their learning strategy or plan to at some point in the future. If interested you can register for the webinar here.

Related book summaries in the BBS library: Driving Results through Social Networks, The Connect Effect, Twitter Power

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In 10 Steps to Successful Teams, Renie McClay provides advice and guidance for team leaders and team members who are charged with accomplishing tasks through collaborative workforce groups. The foundation of teamwork is based on the belief that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and that more can be accomplished by working together than by working independently. Organizations that use teams effectively accomplish more than simply solving internal problems; they create a culture of self-motivated problem solvers.

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