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4 communication strategies for managing a team remotely

from Fast Company

To effectively connect, ask early and often of those with whom you deal, "How do you prefer to communicate?" Then use the channel that person prefers over the one you prefer. One CEO quoted in "The Virtual Executive" has an aversion to cellphones and email and prefers leaving voice messages using his iPad. Another CEO prefers yellow sticky notes left on his desk for incoming messages. And a different one installed — in 2011 — a loudspeaker system in his company headquarters over which he broadcasts everything from simple directives to the latest news several times a day. So one good potential first action to having a dynamic presence in a virtual workplace is to find out the preferred communication channel of the person, or people, you are speaking with and accommodate this preference. more

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