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Nov
12

Remote Leadership Certificate Series Dates for 2015

Sometimes it seems like everything we know about project management, leadership and team building is going out the window because we work remotely. While it's true there are some important differences between leading remote teams and being in the same location, a lot remains the same. Now there's a 7-part Virtual Instructor Led live program that will teach the critical skills of leading remotely, and provide a certificate of completion.

Nov
12

How Do You Get Buy-in For Changes Remotely?

Managing change is a key skill for any leader. Whether it’s a small change in the scope of a project or your entire company being folded into a new organization, keeping our teams focused and productive is one of the most important things leaders do. It’s not easy. It’s even harder when we’re scattered across time zones, oceans and departments. How do we effectively lead change in remote teams?

Nov
12

5 Seconds Can Save a WebMeeting

If you can count to five slowly, you can probably get better results from your online presentations, meetings and training sessions. The reason, strangely, is that we often don’t give people enough time to respond when we ask for their input, questions or comments.

Sep
05

Does Your Remote Team Have a Communication Plan?

In working with dozens of companies around the world, I’ve heard a lot of talk lately about the need for a “team communication charter” or a “communication agreement”. Sounds impressive, and ominous. But what is it? Call it Fred for all I care, the fact is that every team needs is a set of guidelines to help them work together more effectively.

So what does one of these agreements look like? Here’s a very short list of things to ponder.

Sep
05

Nobody Paying Attention on Conference Calls? No Big Whoop

Do you sometimes feel like no one is paying attention on your conference calls? Are you actually reading this during a conference call, which only goes to prove my point? Here area couple of things you need to know: 1) there’s plenty of evidence you’re not alone, and 2) there are plenty of things to do about it, and the most important is not to freak out.

Aug
05

Remote Teams Need One-On-Ones But Be Careful

Every good manager knows that the secret to maintaining a close working relationship with their individual team members is to spend time with them “one-on-one”. But what if we are spending so much time focused on individual communication that we inadvertently create a problem for the team as a whole?

Jul
23

Leading Virtual Teams is Still Leadership

I can’t state this any more clearly. Leading a remote or virtual team is not exactly the same as leading a co-located team, but it’s not THAT radically different either.

Too many project managers and team leaders use working virtually as an excuse not to do the hard work required to make their team successful. What we hear most often is a litany of excuses (and I’ll acknowledge that the line between legitimate reason and excuse is blurry on occasion) as to why they aren’t coaching, or helping the team overcome some of the very real barriers to easy collaboration.

Jul
11

Virtual Meetings- It's Not Either/Or

hich one of these statements would you agree with? 1. Virtual meetings will be the death of human communication. Or 2. People who don’t embrace their virtual overlords are technophobic and doomed to go the way of the stegosaurus.

One of the frustrating parts of working with our clients around the world is when smart people make poor decisions through false thinking. The most common example is the begrudging (and thus slow and wasteful) adoption of webinars and virtual meetings because of assumptions like the above.

Jul
01

Managing Your Boss in Webmeetings

Most of what we hear about leadership is about leading people who work for us or with us. But what do you do when the people most in need of coaching outrank you? For example, how do you tell your boss that (s)he’s dragging a meeting down? That requires leadership as well, the kind that’s often referred to as “leading from the middle of the pack”.

Jun
24

5 Ways to Ruin a Webmeeting Before it Even Starts

Webinars, video conferences and webmeetings often feel like a bit of a train wreck. And that’s because they often get off to such a bad start. There are at least five things that can derail virtual meetings before they’ve even begun: here’s what they are and how to avoid them.

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