5 Tips to lead Cross Border Teams
“Don’t Aspire to be best on the Team, Aspire to be best for the team.”
In the current global economy, whether you have done diploma in financial management or in human resource management, there are bright chances you are dependent on remote teams & remote communication for getting your work done. Now is an exciting time for cross-border work & if you are a post graduate with no idea how to handle a remote team, then you are doomed for sure.
As a provider of one of the best Post graduate diploma courses in India, here are 5 tips that will help our future managers to manage a cross border team more efficiently and productively :
Tip 1 : Understanding Cultural Differences
A team consists of people from different cultural background. Handling such a team remotely & that too when you are in a different country becomes a much difficult task. In such case, the foremost step should be keenly observe the cultural differences in the team members by means of Video Calls individually as well as collectively. The next step should be to make each other understanding towards other people & culture & a readiness to adapt to it.
Tip 2 : Making the transformation as Painless as possible
In such multi cultural scenarios, it is almost impossible to achieve 100% adaptability. Hence, there must arise the characteristics or work practices that needs to be changed. Such change cannot be ensured overnight & hence the transition should be as smooth as possible making sure everyone is satisfied & comfortable with it.
Tip 3 : Local Ownership
You are far away from your team & hence it is very difficult for you to take responsibility for every act performed by your team. However, you would be solely responsible if anything goes wrong. In such scenarios, it is always best to identify local expertise in your team & then dispersing off the roles & responsibilities at the local level. This would ensure feeling of oneness & ownership & hence more productivity.
Tip 4 : Multiple Communication Channels
No communication then a face to face discussion or a brainstorming round. However, when you are handling your team remotely, it becomes rather impossible to do that. In such case, the team should have multiple communication channels to reach you anytime. Daily meetings should be there. “Minutes of Meetings” should be a must practice in order to eliminate even a tiniest chance of miscommunication. A manager should be available through calls, mail as well as visual communication whenever his team feel stuck up.
Tip 5 : Creating a Positive Outlook
This can be done by creating an environment where every team member can represent his/her own opinion even though it clashes with that of yours. This would create a sense of positivity that their vice is being heard & just because their manager is far off, he doesn’t understand the ground difficulties.