Coaching and counseling virtual teams

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Introduction The scope of this assignment is to critically compare and contrast the two different approaches in virtual team developing: coaching and counseling. Essential part of this project examines the different models of effective coaching and counseling. In addition this research shows how to prevent ineffectiveness in teams composed of on individuals located in different places, time zones, or members who are assigned to a particular project, but they have to communicate virtually. Why coaching and counseling virtual teams? First and foremost every virtual team experience threats related to its effectiveness. Major concerns are related to the “process losses”. Such losses develop around the use of talent in the team and the amount of effort every team member uses towards achieving the common goal. Effort: There are two structural aspects that may contribute to motivational losses: physical distance between members and asynchronous communication. Physical Difference: Members working in face-to-face teams (non-virtual) have a better chance to cooperate, share information or gain attention of their fellow team members. By contrast, virtual team members usually have many other organization members around them with whom they are interdependent for other tasks, and virtual teamwork is only a part of their job requirements. Therefore, the virtual team member may conclude that one of the teams, his traditional face-to-face team or his virtual one have a low priority, leading to downward spiral of decreasing effort. Asynchronous communication: Time lags exist between sending, receiving and response to messages. Since virtual team members rely heavily on electronic mail, file sharing and other forms of asynchronous technology, they are more dependent on the receiver for the timing of needed responses. Many studies confirmed that virtual team members report

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