Season’s Greetings

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With a strange year 2020 almost behind us it's time to look forward to 2021 with optimism. Impossible? Try and let go of the resistance to the inevitable ...

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Dealing with the challenges related to everyone working from home

Working from home poses several challenges. I am offering various tips from blogs I had written about remote /virtual work. Subjects covered are: Keeping motivation up Taking care of social cohesion Building resilience – your own and your team's Celebrating in the team What about technology?

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Can annual appraisals be enjoyable even? Part II

How my preparation made annual appraisals very productive and constructive In last week’s part I,  I shared the general structure and an overview of what I consider an effective and positive appraisal process. If you have missed that, here is the link to catch up. This…

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Join our discussion about the best ways to motivate remote team members

The Virtual Leaders Lounge is (y)our place for informal exchange and learning Next session is on 26th November! Business leaders of virtual teams and our virtual working strategist share tips around what works and what doesn’t to motivate virtual team members. SIGN-UP now for a…

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Leaders benefit in virtual coaching

Quite some Leaders have initially shown reluctance to have deeper reflections in a virtual setting. My clients were surprised how easy the work via a virtual platform was and how good the rapport, the quality of our relationship. When it works, the benefits of virtual coaching great: 1) A greater flexibility in scheduling 2) One can do it even during a business trip. 3) As your coach I can be available on much shorter notice And whilst the benefits speak for themselves, I will address the obstacles and how to overcome them in practice.

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New thinking for coaching Agile Teams

Effective team coaching has to focus more on the distributed competencies in the collective Depending on the industry, most companies experience what it means to operate in a [tooltip text="Volatility-Uncertainty-Complexity-Ambiguity"]VUCA[/tooltip] driven market. In order to keep up with these dynamics and uncertainties organisations are changing…

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Enhancing employee engagement and motivation

My tested and proven ways to grow and sustain increased engagement of people in organisations The following ideas and tips are based on the assumption that intrinsic motivation is one of the key contributing factors for employee engagement. Intrinsic motivation comes from within a person and…

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The Virtual Leaders Lounge (VLL) – your place for informal exchange and learning – next on 30th September

Meet other leaders with us online for an informal exchange about challenges and best practices related to leadership! The topic this time Best practices to develop deep connections in your team to boost performance. Leaders of virtual teams share what works and what doesn’t. SIGN-UP now…

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Advancing your leadership in the virtual world – final part 8 – Awareness for team dynamics

Virtual teams can suffer from critical dynamics going unnoticed Awareness for team dynamics is another competency for effective virtual leaders. This post is closing the series of essential competencies for virtual leaders. With this last one on team dynamics I would like to present you…

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Advancing your leadership in the virtual world – Part 7 – Talent development

Human beings long for development Virtual team members should not be left in the no man’s land. So, caring about their development is also an important competency. Here we are again with the next, and sixth, competency I would like to present.  And again I…

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Advancing your leadership in the virtual world – Part 6 – Direction and Meaning

Strong intrinsic motivation is essential to virtual teams Direction and meaning are essential triggers, and a key competency for effective virtual leaders. With this post I am continuing the series as announced in the opening blog post 5 weeks ago:  I will present the fifth…

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Advancing your leadership in the virtual world – Part 5 – Intercultural Sensitivity

Leading teams spread across cultures requires intercultural sensitivity from their leaders Continuing the series of virtual leader competencies, I will present and share my experience on how you can develop intercultural sensitivity further to increase your effectiveness. The first 3 competencies, should you have missed…

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Advancing your leadership in the virtual world – Part 4 – Productive relationships

Effective team work depends on productive relationships This, therefore, has to be a key competency as well for virtual leaders. Here we are again with the next, the third, competency for virtual leaders which I would like to present and share some thoughts on how…

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Advancing your leadership in the virtual world – Part 3 – Effective Communication

Leadership is mostly about communication. So, effective communication is also a key competency for virtual leaders. This is now post #3 of an 8-post-series on the subject after the introduction and the one on self-leadership. And today, I would like to present you the second…

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Advancing your leadership in the virtual world – Part 2 – Self leadership

Self leadership is a key competency for sustainable and impactful leadership in a virtual context As announced in the opening blog post of this series this is the first of seven competencies I want to present, and reflect on how you can develop this further…

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Advancing your leadership in the virtual world – Part 1 – Introduction

THE 7 key competencies which make you highly effective as a virtual leader Looking into larger organisations and how their structures have evolved over the past years I see the dispersion of functions and their teams across sites, national or global, as the norm.  As a response…

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Future Minds

Older maybe, but certainly not outdated We are in the middle of a revolution. Mobile phones, computers and iPods have long become a commonplace around the globe, impacting how we perceive our world and changing ways we interact. Smart machines are starting to compete with…

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Kill that meeting bug!

How I fight the infectious disease of meeteritis More often than not when I start engaging with a new client scheduling the first meeting seems a challenge for the leader. And indeed, if you look into the diaries of these people they are overcrowded with…

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Digital transformation for coaching

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How artificial intelligence (AI) could enhance the reach of coaching and change its economics A few weeks back I reported from an event where experts talked about the trends for artificial intelligence. I’m still very much intrigued what artificial intelligence could mean for businesses and…

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Focus – the gateway to effective and efficient work patterns

Creating focus through mindfulness - an experience with senior leaders On a regular basis my coaching clients bring up the theme of becoming more effective or efficient in their job. In some cases it's as simple as rebuilding the awareness for prioritisation and proper time…

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Digital transformation for virtual teams

How to use artificial intelligence in managing virtual teams I have recently attended an online event organised by Adobe, called Experience Festival. One highlight for me was a talk around artificial intelligence (AI) and how it could help organisations to create a different future in…

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The magic of silent retreats

My strategy to keep connected to myself in the high-paced business world Working with leaders in organisations I have noticed a continuous acceleration of the pace of business over the years. In some organisations it feels like they are breaking the sound barrier with their…

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