We are going through a collaborative shift that is a paradigm change in the way we work and interact with one another. This shift is also causing new ways for distributed teams to work together. What is causing this shift—as well as some of the disrupting factors that are changing the way we work, the way we create teams, and how we make distributed teams more effective—is worth examination in today’s workforce.
If you are an executive reading this report, you are probably wondering how this new vision of teams will affect your business and how to prepare for these changes. The three most notable findings from this report that you should be concerned with are:
- Teams are becoming more geographically and culturally distributed, yet they are being asked to do more complex work.
- Trust used to be the glue that bound teams together, but as complexity increases, it is a shared context that replaces trust on these distributed teams.
- The idea of a flash team is when one leader pulls experts from a group to form a team to protect the figurative village.