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How to Make Virtual Meetings Work

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How to Make Virtual Meetings Work

Making Virtual Meetings Work Virtual meetings are essential to almost every industry and every function. Even though virtual meetings are widespread, they still pose a challenge to many managers and employees alike. This infographic demonstrates how vital virtual work is in the current global landscape, and what managers can do to effectively lead virtual meetings. […]

Technology and Teamwork: Helping vs Hindering

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Virtual team technology

Effective virtual communication and collaboration have become key predictors of success for high-performing, geographically dispersed teams. In order to achieve efficiency and efficacy in virtual teams, four critical sets of skills have been identified: Planning & Design, Virtual Facilitation, Technology & Tools, and Cultural Awareness. (See more in this related [Infographic]: How to Make Virtual […]

cultural competence in global teams infographic

Increasing Cross-Cultural Competence in Project Teams Global teams often experience challenges working in matrix environments. Common challenges can include deadlines, poor communication, and overwhelmed employees. Luckily, these challenges can be minimized if team members develop cross-cultural competence. Aperian Global’s Director of Consulting in APAC, Christie Caldwell, recently wrote about the importance of cultural intelligence for […]

Inside Aperian Global: Celeste Kruse

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Celeste Kruse, Project Manager

In our monthly interview series, Inside Aperian Global, you will get to know the passionate people that drive Aperian Global’s mission and values in our day-to-day operations. You’ll find out more about their background and what their typical day looks like, and— through revealing stories and surprising facts— get a sneak peek into their work […]

5 Best Practices for Global Virtual Team Success

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5 Best Practices for Global Virtual Team Success

The workplace we once knew is changing. Due to the influence of globalization and the connectedness of the internet age, organizations are finding success when they build efficiencies and greater knowledge through global virtual teams. Lisa Kieffer, Aperian Global’s Director of Consulting (North America), comments that “a key frustration that global team leaders face is the […]

Building Cross-Cultural Bridges with Engineers

At Aperian Global, we use the words “building” and “bridges” quite a bit when speaking metaphorically. For example, we help bridge gaps in work styles, build collaborative solutions, bridge cultural differences… But when you’re surrounded by over 500 engineers, many of whom can actually build a bridge, it really puts things in perspective. This was […]

Trends in Global Teaming Development

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Trends in Global Teaming Development

We invite those of you in Asia Pacific (or anyone who keeps Asia Pacific hours!) to attend Aperian Global’s upcoming webinar on Trends in Global Teaming Development, July 1, 2014 (11:00am, Singapore/Beijing time). During this webinar, we will share some of our findings on these topics: What it takes to create high performing, virtual teams. […]

Tips for (Relatively) Pain-Free Conference Calls

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Tips for Pain-Free Conference Calls

  Last week, we shared with you some of the worst experiences Aperian Global employees have had during virtual and phone conferences. This week, we’re sharing their best tips for making those meetings successful. (Did you miss last week’s post? It had a hilarious video if you missed it, and it’s not too late to […]

The Literal Phone Conference

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The Literal Phone Conference

We wanted to share a link to a video we at Aperian Global have been enjoying recently. If you click on it, you’ll see actors portray a phone meeting as if it were happening in a shared physical space. As you might imagine, hilarity ensues. For many of us, however, the problems encountered seem all […]

Global Teams: Building the Container

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Global Teams: Building the Container

How can we improve the performance of global teams, especially those that are working in a matrix context?  Such teams face many challenges: their members are often widely dispersed, they must rely primarily on virtual communication, and they serve various organizational stakeholders. It is not unusual to hear comments such as the following one from […]