My monthly tip for virtual leaders: how can you be present when everyone is in their home-office?

Be present in a virtual and home-office setting As in previous months, I want to share a tip for effective virtual leadership. I believe it is even more relevant during the current times of the pandemic in which a lot of teams are not just…

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Dealing with the challenges related to everyone working from home

Even more complexity for business leaders There is no escaping the one subject that is on everybody’s mind these days The rapidly spreading pandemic has forced most of us to go through unprecedented changes in the way we live and work. Many companies have asked…

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Eye contact is key in online conversations

My monthly tip for virtual leaders - February It is a fact that we need eye contact - at least to some degree - when we want to have a trustful conversation and good connection with someone we communicate with. In face-to-face settings that is…

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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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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 – 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 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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Leadership communication in virtual teams

The leadership paradox of organised informalities Communication is one of the keys to success in any team, be it local or virtual in structure. To get things done and deliver results team leaders have to pay attention to the quality of formal communication with and…

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High performance virtual teams by design – part I

My approach to team design to succeed with a virtual team Key factors for successful virtual teams: tips for management and leadership - part I The foundation for high performance virtual teams lies in the selection of team members and the design of the team.…

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Respect – is there a shortage these days?

Generations have said it before - youth has no respect anymore! However, I feel these days it is not only youth that is lacking respect. Wherever one looks, people are fighting, not discussing. Parents hit referees because they believe their children have been treated unjust.…

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How I boosted the engagement in my dispersed teams – Part II

The recipe for delivering a compelling vision In last week's blog I had reasoned that as the leader of a virtual team you can boost the engagement in your team through a compelling vision. I had also outlined the 5 ingredients necessary to make a…

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How my challenging conversations became effective

Communicating in difficult times 5 things to ask yourself and 4 steps to enhance your effectiveness We are living in times when leading people and organisations can be a very challenging job. We have to make tough calls with budgets, people and programmes – tougher…

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Part 2 – How to boost presence in virtual meetings

Very often I hear from leaders that they consider videoconferencing the ultimate way of interacting remotely and be present. This is true if you still rely on visual tools as the one and only form of expressing your presence. Research shows that the selection of technology…

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Part 1: How to boost your presence in virtual meetings

In recent years virtual leadership has matured from an exception to being almost the norm in international organisations. Many conversations I have with leaders who are more and more exposed to virtual leadership show that different mindsets are necessary to be effective in a virtual context.…

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The importance of continuous feedback for personal growth

  Feedback on behaviour and performance is a crucial step in developing people. This is more than the annual performance appraisal: when done on a regular basis it helps people to stay focused on their personal development and growth. Traditionally employees are appraised on a…

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How to resolve the loyalty challenge as leader of virtual teams

Working with virtual teams is a common place in multinational organisations these days. As we all know, next to motivation, loyalty between the local organisation and the virtual team can become a challenge for the people working in your virtual team. This challenge of staying loyal…

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“Are we shy, rude or just weird?” – The perspective of an introvert

Have you ever been in a meeting and were completely surprised by that colleague who never seems to contribute anything but suddenly presents the team with a great idea or solution to a problem? … or … are you actually that person who prefers to…

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Victim mentality in organisations – the ‘Greek effect’ – …

... and how to get people out of it Those who have been following the events in Greece over the last months and maybe even years may have noticed that a rather strange mentality seems to have developed. Everybody in Europe and especially the economically…

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Freedom of speech ?

The recent Charlie Hebdo affair in Paris has brought the topic of free speech into the news. It has reawakened the debate about the balance in free society between the right to say what one wants to say and the duty of not causing deliberate…

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Managing innovation in the global marketplace – Part 3

(co-author: Ian M Clark) The following is the last of 3 parts of an article on the challenges around managing the global transfer of innovation in today's businesses. It was originally written for and published in the "SOFW Kosmetikjahrbuch 2014". Parts 1 and 2 were…

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Managing innovation in the global marketplace – Part 2

(co-author: Ian M Clark) The following is the second of 3 parts of an article on the challenges around managing the global transfer of innovation in today's businesses. It was originally written for and published in the "SOFW Kosmetikjahrbuch 2014". The first part was posted…

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Managing Innovation in the global marketplace – Part 1

(co-author: Ian M Clark) The following is the first of 3 parts of an article on the challenges around managing the global transfer of innovation in today's businesses. It was originally written for and published in the "SOFW Kosmetikjahrbuch 2014". The Analysis Speed of innovation…

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Effective conversations

Communicating in difficult times, 5 things to ask yourself and 4 steps to enhance your effectiveness We are living in times when leading people and organisations can be a very challenging job. We have to make tough calls with budgets, people and programmes - tougher…

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Book review: Difficult conversations

Difficult conversations are those that make your pulse jump, the ones you aren't sure whether or not to attempt. The authors of Difficult Conversations present tools and a clear roadmap for helping to navigate the bumpy roads associated with these challenging conversations. The book is…

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Sharpening Your Skills: Successful Negotiation

Can you out-negotiate Wal-Mart? Can women overcome gender stereotypes to win equitable pay? Recent research from Harvard Business School looks at important factors to consider before sitting down at the bargaining table. Sharpening Your Skills dives into the HBS Working Knowledge archives to bring together…

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