Virtual teambuilding

10 Ways to Rock a Virtual Presentation

A good performer responds to and interacts with the audience.  So does a good presenter! Successful communication is interactive. It means that the message intended was the message received.  The only way to know that is to create interaction. It might be on a high-tech webinar platform or just a conference call, either way it’s important…

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3 Ways to be Human in the Virtual Workplace

“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” was the rallying cry from the movie “Network” in 1976…and it still rings true and the issue is still exactly that — truth.  The rallying character charges an executive with being “indifferent to suffering, insensitive to joy.”  In other words, is she a real human being or…

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5 Tips for Collaboration — Give,Take and Learn

Co-labor is the root of the word collaboration but Dang! — It is not so easy to truly collaborate with others.  Years ago I worked with a fellow who divided up responsibilities on a project — had us all go away then reconvene wherein he would criticize our work.  His comment to me was “If that’s not…

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Virtual Learning for Leaders

Yes indeed, virtual learning for leaders can be done!  Not a webinar, not just blended learning, not e-learning modules — but a hybrid of coaching, group work, learning partners and reflective practice.  All of those are complimented by videos and Podcasts — and that is what we call a Guided Learning Experience. Training Journal has published my article…

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Virtual Management by Walking Around

A successful leader works to avoid isolation from the real work of the organization and from the truth.  That means rolling up your sleeves and getting out of your office.  Actively engage with your teams and work to participate in the organization you lead.  Visibly contribute to the work of the team.  That will inspire others to do…

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Lost in Vagueness

Speechwriter Clark Whelton wrote a piece for City Journal beautifully titled “What Happens in Vagueness Stays in Vagueness.” Check it out on the link — it’s well worth the read. Whelton says our language has become “juvenilized”  The “dumbing down” of communication is sending messages we don’t want to send:  Unclear, vague and immature. Leaders want (and need)…

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Virtual communication — building trust

Is virtual leadership real leadership?   Leadership is impossible without trust – but how can leaders build trust in a virtual environment?  The answer to that question is growing in importance with the growth of virtual teams.  That issue is the focus of classes that I have been leading at IBM since 2008.  We’ve learned that virtual…

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