My monthly tip for virtual leaders: advanced facilitation of online meetings

In this month’s tip I want to share some ideas how you can enhance the feeling of meeting in a (virtual) room and not just seeing each other on a flat screen. Using your backgrounds effectively either with virtual images or physical ones…

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My monthly tip for virtual leaders: meet in a room, not on a flat screen

In this month’s tip I want to share some ideas how you can enhance the feeling of meeting in a (virtual) room and not just seeing each other on a flat screen. Using your backgrounds effectively either with virtual images or physical ones…

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My monthly tip for virtual leaders: how body language comes across in virtual meetings

To consciously include body language in online conversations might not be an obvious thing, but it is important and simple enough This month's theme for the tip has been triggered by a former colleague of mine. He had gone through a training on LinkedIn Learning…

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My monthly tip for virtual leaders: unleash the creativity in your dispersed team as if you were in a face-to-face workshop

Brainstorming and ideation work online too The change in working patterns in many organisations, triggered by the pandemic, is gradually building a new normal. Even teams who used to be in the same location have turned into partly dispersed teams with at least some of…

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My monthly tip for virtual leaders: sketching during online meetings

Use your white board like you would use the flipchart in a room Since the start of the pandemic and the push for home office work, virtual working and therefore online meetings are the new normal. When discussing the situation with virtual leaders and their…

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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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My monthly tip for virtual leaders: Make online meetings engaging

What highly effective virtual leaders do to enhance engagement in their meetings? How often have you worked remotely in the past or have you been either leading or participating virtual team? How often have been online meetings where you were bored stiff? How many times…

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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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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

What makes virtual coaching so valuable for leaders in today’s world? In many organisations coaching has been established as one of the most effective tools to support leaders in their development of competencies and personality. Virtual coaching, be it over telephone or audio/video supported platforms,…

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Virtual Leadership effectiveness: 4 success factors

My tips for leaders transitioning to virtual organisational structures to remain effective in their leadership without excessive traveling The horror of going virtual In recent weeks I have started working for a European company that went from almost exclusively local organisational structures to 100% virtual structures.…

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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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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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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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Don’t let the shadow of one personal value become too large

Exaggerated focus on a single value bears the risk of creating an imbalance in leadership behaviour Working as a coach I experience sometimes phases where clients from different industries or organisational levels bring the same challenge into the conversation. In recent weeks, such a theme…

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High performance virtual teams by design – part II

Three factors I care about managing a virtual team Key factors for successful virtual teams: tips for management and leadership - part II In the first part of this blog I have described my experience and approach in designing a virtual team with focus on…

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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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Self-Steering Teams: heaven or hell?

Teams without a formal leader need a proper start-up and support to become effective and valued by the team members In some businesses self-steering teams are operating for quite some time now. Successes are reported, but it is not at all a “recipe that fits…

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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 to set yourself up for great virtual meetings – Part II

The things “aside” most people do not pay attention to but make a great difference in virtual meetings Virtual meetings should be fun and effective and not frustrating or energy draining. With this attitude in mind I have - in part I of this blog - focused…

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Launch of Virtual Leaders Lounge

Join free informal exchange with other leaders on topics relevant for you We offer you a unique place for interaction with leaders from other businesses to interact in an informal way and get new perspectives. This helps you to meet new people and discuss challenges…

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Trust: the magic ingredient in Virtual Teams

My one essential ingredient leading a dispersed team effectively Leading over distance, being a virtual leader, is the norm in most international organisations. Yet, it is a widespread view in business that virtual teams are often managed badly and are performing way under their potential…

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Help: virtual work is becoming viral …

... and not limited to multinational companies Some years ago it was my firm belief that virtual working was only found in multinational companies: people across the globe working on the same task or project need to work in a virtual way. Those dispersed teams…

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Technology: does it help or hinder your virtual team?

Two factors you should consider when choosing the technologies to use Many discussions with leaders of virtual teams sooner or later lead to the question whether the importance of technology and its role in virtual collaboration is over- or under-estimated. From my personal experience and…

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Three tips to keep engagement in virtual meetings high
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Three tips to keep engagement in virtual meetings high

How often have you led or participated in virtual meetings where the engagement of the other participants seemed to be low and discussion limited only to two or three persons? In a recent discussion with a virtual team leader we discussed exactly this challenge. It was not…

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Review of VLD-Café session #2

Session theme: Mastering presence in virtual meetings The beginning of our session was particularly interesting, as for some visitors it was rather unusual to have the webcam on. Hence, we started talking about when the use of webcams is appropriate and when it would actually get in…

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