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Dec
02

Kickstarting Social Capital in Remote Project Teams

Remote teams rely on trust forming a framework that allows communication to flow freely. What enables all that is something often called social capital. A working definition is, “the networks of relationships among people who live and work in a particular society, enabling that society to function effectively”.

Why is social capital so vital to the workings of remote teams? How do we go about building it on purpose, rather than assuming it will build organically? Good questions, and for that we turn to someone much smarter than me.

Dec
02

How Risk Impacts Trust on Remote Teams

One of the major tenets of this blog is that leading and working in remote teams isn’t intrinsically more difficult than working together, but it is different. So we have to acknowledge and address those differences if we’re going to be successful. If you were listing the differences, the ability to build trusting work relationships would probably be at the top.

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.

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