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Management article
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Reference no. U0803C
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: "Harvard Management Update", 2008

Abstract

Virtual meetings are a standard feature of today''s business landscape, but they pose distinct obstacles that can undermine their effectiveness. For one thing, it''s difficult to establish camaraderie - so essential to the natural flow of ideas - from a distance. This article outlines how to optimize the success of your virtual meetings by: (1) making them more interactive; (2) using technology to enhance communication and collaboration; (3) knowing when to hold a virtual meeting and when not to; (4) leveling the playing field so that every participant feels engaged; and (5) establishing a zero-tolerance policy for e-mail and instant messaging.

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Abstract

Virtual meetings are a standard feature of today''s business landscape, but they pose distinct obstacles that can undermine their effectiveness. For one thing, it''s difficult to establish camaraderie - so essential to the natural flow of ideas - from a distance. This article outlines how to optimize the success of your virtual meetings by: (1) making them more interactive; (2) using technology to enhance communication and collaboration; (3) knowing when to hold a virtual meeting and when not to; (4) leveling the playing field so that every participant feels engaged; and (5) establishing a zero-tolerance policy for e-mail and instant messaging.

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