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Managing Without Walls: Maximize Success with Virtual, Global, and Cross-Cultural Teams by Kevin Wegryn, Colleen Garton

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How Your Team Creates Its Own Politics

Small, entrepreneurial companies tend to be less political than large corporations. Smaller companies need good-quality teamwork to be successful. Having said that, smaller companies can be rife with politics if the principals or managers of those companies are highly competitive within the organization. A group of people competing against each other is not going to be a very successful team. Who determines whether a team has internal competitiveness? The manager does!

The manager has the highest level of influence over the team’s culture and politics. You might find this hard to believe if you are the manager of a team of 10 or 20 people within an organization that has thousands of employees. It is true ...

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