State-of-the-Art Teamwork Is Within Your Grasp!

I work with people in problem-solving organizations who make complex products or sophisticated services that need state-of-the-art teamwork, and with organizations that want to achieve high performance by building stronger relationships among their people.

Dynamic problem-solving organizations face special problems. In producing products and services for their customers, we must make technology work in new ways, before any of our competitors do. A dynamic problem-solving organization produces first-of-a-kind commercial products and services based on technical mastery and state-of-the-art teamwork.

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I'm Rick Brenner, principal of Chaco Canyon Consulting. I understand what life is like in problem-solving organizations that depend on teamwork for success. I know what it takes to be successful in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment, and still hang on to your humanity, your integrity, and your sense of humor.

Are Your Virtual Meetings as Enjoyable as Everyone Else's?

Leading Virtual Meetings for Real ResultsVirtual teams are now officially the way of things. Through email, text, telephone, Web conference, and if we're lucky, videoconference, we work with people we haven't yet met face-to-face, and perhaps we never will. We work across time zones, national boundaries, cultural chasms, and language barriers. It's frustrating — even maddening at times. And through all of it, we have meetings. Virtual teams must have virtual meetings.

Leading virtual meetings can be a nightmare squared. People no-show, the wrong people attend, connections break, dogs bark, misunderstandings flourish, and confusion can settle in for a good long stay. Would you like to get better at leading virtual meetings?

If you would, this book is for you.

Everything about virtual meetings is more difficult than face-to-face meetings. They're more difficult to schedule, more difficult to run, and they take longer to do even the simplest things. Things conspire to make what's usually easy, difficult — and what's usually difficult, impossible.

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Leading Virtual Meetings for Real Results is filled with the insights you need to make sense of it all. It helps you avoid the traps and pitfalls that await you, and it guides you into new choices that can make your virtual meetings more productive — and maybe as enjoyable as everyone else's. (46,000 words; More · How to Order)

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