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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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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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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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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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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