I don't think there is a show on this topic, yet. The WSJ had some suggestions on the topic in today's paper -

I thought that you might wish to consider a full discussion of the topic in a future episode. It would certainly be of value to me.

Lee Rosen

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Nope. Thanks for pointing it out.

Lee Rosen

trandell's picture

In my experience, managing people in the same and different time zones for 3 years now, is the same basics of The Trinity apply as well as they do in the office. Your primary interface becomes the telephone rather than a sit-down in a cube, which takes a little getting used to.

Taking advantage of any collaboration tools you can (Placeware, LiveMeeting, etc.) helps make the connection more tangible when working together.

The basic principle that you are two people in a relationship still applies. Don't let the distance or lack of seeing someone cause you to slack off and you'll be in good shape.

HMac's picture

What trandell said.

Plus - if you have access to videoconferencing equipment, make regular use of it. My teams have been in differnt timezones and different countries - the video hookup has been of priceless help to forging better connections.

And one minor point I learned along the way: when you're working with people in time zones that differ more than a few hours from yours (say, 6 - 12 hours), be extra sensitive to timing meetings according to THEIR needs, and not yours. Sounds obvious, I know...But I'm on the East Coast of the US, and I've worked projects with team members in Australia, Singapore and Shanghai. They've really appreciated it when I've gotten up int he middle of the night so they didn't have to...