OnPoint Consulting LLC Urges Virtual Teams to Rethink Their Approach To Virtual Leadership

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OnPoint & 37 Signals talk about the rise in virtual teams.

Don’t just rethink your approach to work and business—turn your ideas upside down and inside out. Try an unconventional approach…and one that works. That’s the message authors Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson send to readers in their new bestselling book, "Remote."

Fried and Hansson aren’t alone in rethinking possibilities for growth a business has when they utilize effective and efficient virtual teams. As these geographically dispersed teams become more common, studies show virtual offices, teams and leaders can dramatically retool for improved operations, productivity, communication and success.

OnPoint Consulting LLC conducted a study of virtual teams to identify key factors and best practices for productivity. Their findings indicate virtual team leaders need to be properly equipped in order to better manage in the virtual world. In the face of myriad challenges, virtual teams that found productivity and success, as measured by six factors including the ability to meet goals, complete work on time and produce high quality work, re-assessed how they approached geographically distributed interactions including communication, virtual meetings, deadlines and even team-appreciation.

"Our findings show teams and team leaders who get back to the basics of business—like Fried and Hansson discuss and reinforce in Remote—with more effective meetings, rethinking ‘planning,’ and communicating in meaningful ways produce more motivated team members and more productive teams," says Darleen DeRosa, Ph.D., managing partner of OnPoint and co-author of the OnPoint study.

Business is dramatically shifting, so why shouldn’t attitudes and behaviors about productivity and the definition behind the term real work change along with it? OnPoint Consulting presents more work-altering ideas, findings and solutions for virtual teams in the book, "Virtual Team Success: A Practical Guide to Working and Leading from a Distance," co-authored by DeRosa and Rick Lepsinger, President of OnPoint, including characteristics that differentiate high-performing virtual teams and optimal organizational strategies that maximize effectiveness.

"We focused on creating a usable resource for virtual team leaders to help organizations strengthen virtual collaboration," says Lepsinger. "With years of expertise developing virtual team leaders, OnPoint guides managers and business owners to rethink the way they lead, create goals and build roles for team members."

For more information about OnPoint Consulting, its services and publications, visit OnPointConsultingLLC.com.

Meghan Powell
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