[b]BLUF: [/b] Let’s share what works when your team and/or your manager are not co-located with you.
[i][u]It’s not an option[/u][/i]
Many managers have no choice: Retail operations are by nature geographically dispersed. Overseas manufacturing is common. Consulting firms hire talent anywhere and send them everywhere. M&A activity can create dispersed teams.
[i][u]There have been related forum discussions: [/u][/i]
Pros and Cons of co-location are woven into this very interesting thread:
Managing distributed project teams here: http://www.manager-tools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3222 ,
And discussion of remote one-on-ones are here:
What works for you? What techniques have helped you be more effective with your remote team, peers, or manager?
Let me start by over-summarizing the three main points of the “Virtual Teams” podcast:
1. Hire the right people
2. Get the whole team together in person
3. Communicate like crazy
( http://www.manager-tools.com/2005/10/virtual-teams/ )
Those recommendations are powerful. It’s impossible to over-communicate.
One more thing that’s made a difference for my team: having clear, measurable goals, and a company that lives by them. A performance culture is important to maintaining visibility.