How To Motivate A Virtual Team To Do Their Best Work

“How can I motivate my team?” is one of the most common questions managers ask, and it doesn’t matter how experienced they are. Head over to Google, and you will find there are 65.7 million searches for this question. For those of you who are regular readers of the Zestfor blog, you will know that [...]

How To Motivate A Virtual Team To Do Their Best Work2018-09-04T14:26:31+00:00

7 Steps To Setting And Holding A Vision When Leading Remotely Part 2

I recently shared the first four steps in our two-part article series on setting and holding a team vision when working remotely, which I know has resonated with many regular readers. In this second article, I will complete the next few steps and share how to hold a vision with a remote team. As a [...]

7 Steps To Setting And Holding A Vision When Leading Remotely Part 22018-09-04T14:00:41+00:00

7 Steps To Setting And Holding A Vision When Leading Remotely

In an increasingly globalised world, virtual working is on the increase in many organisations meaning a growing number of employees rely on technology to meet, collaborate and stay connected to deliver results. We have previously talked about the importance of building trust in teams which can be particularly challenging when teams usually meet virtually. When Yale School of Management hosted their first Global Virtual Teams course the first of five takeaway lessons was to build a collective identity, which was based on creating [...]

7 Steps To Setting And Holding A Vision When Leading Remotely2018-09-04T14:00:10+00:00

Leading Virtual Teams: Why You Have To Connect Before You Can Lead

Having been involved in Leadership Training for many years, I too can relate to one of their most significant challenges leaders talk about, that is being ‘time short.’   As business leaders, we never seem to have enough time, do we?  So, when I travel, I like to catch up on my reading. On my latest trip, I came across an article in Harvard Business Review which re-enforces the approach we take at Zestfor when it comes to [...]

Leading Virtual Teams: Why You Have To Connect Before You Can Lead2018-04-03T10:51:50+00:00

How To Prevent Conflict In Your Virtual Team

Conflict in a virtual team can be insidious and appear a challenge to tackle, largely because it’s often difficult for virtual managers to identify what is happening in the first place. Without a physical workplace bringing everyone together to identify and resolve differences, resentments in a virtual team often simmer out of sight, ultimately hurting [...]

How To Prevent Conflict In Your Virtual Team2018-04-01T22:03:27+00:00

Creating a Bond of Trust In Your Virtual Team

No matter how competent the individuals involved are, a virtual team will not perform at its true potential unless there is a core of trust between the players. As a manager of a virtual team, you have a wonderful challenge in front of you: creating trust without relying on the face-to-face relationships that grow organically [...]

Creating a Bond of Trust In Your Virtual Team2018-04-01T22:03:29+00:00

The Vital 3 C’s Of Virtual Working

Remember the time when you spent a day working on something, only to discover another member of the remote team had already done it days ago, but forgotten to mark it as done? Remember the time when you sat waiting for an urgent response to an email for half a day, before finding out that [...]

The Vital 3 C’s Of Virtual Working2018-06-20T10:16:29+00:00

Team Branding: The Power Of A Team Brand In The Virtual World

Did you know that your team at work already has a brand? What do you think it might be? Do you think you’d like it if you knew what it was? When other people think of your team, they almost certainly have a thought that pops into their head. It might be great- you might [...]

Team Branding: The Power Of A Team Brand In The Virtual World2018-04-01T22:03:29+00:00

Is Your Company Culture A Catastrophe?

As a manager or leader of a team, you know exactly what you company stands for (or you should.) You know what the company strives for and how you want the team to work together towards that goal. You know what you want your company or team culture to be- whether it’s innovative or traditional, [...]

Is Your Company Culture A Catastrophe?2018-04-01T22:03:30+00:00

Signs That Your Star Performer Is Leaving You – And How To Convince Them To Stay

You’ve noticed the signs. Your key performer’s star is no longer burning so brightly. They’ve stopped putting in overtime and no longer seek you out with new ideas or to talk about the future. They are taking odd times of day off. Or strange 24 hours bugs have appeared that necessitate a day off. They [...]

Signs That Your Star Performer Is Leaving You – And How To Convince Them To Stay2018-07-04T11:02:30+00:00

Why Most Managers Struggle With Virtual Teams

You thought that being a manager of a virtual team was going to be easier than dealing with water cooler politics?  Turns out that you were wrong.  As virtual work becomes infinitely more common, it throws up certain challenges for a manager.  Yet where there are challenges, there are some exciting solutions. Research shows that [...]

Why Most Managers Struggle With Virtual Teams2018-04-01T22:03:31+00:00

Team Working – Accountability vs Responsibility ?

Almost every businessperson will, from time to time, be gently teased by friends or family for using “corporate speak.” It’s true that we use a distinct dialect in our work and, while it might not always feature the most colourful or emotive language, there’s a good reason. Managing a team that’s carrying out a complex [...]

Team Working – Accountability vs Responsibility ?2018-04-01T22:03:34+00:00

Are you Helping Your Virtual Team Embrace Their Power?

As humans, we have a deep fear of powerlessness. Finding yourself in a bad situation and having no power to change it is one of life’s most psychologically disruptive experiences. Maybe that’s why we love stories of the underdog, whether David versus Goliath or Frodo and the ring — we want to believe that with [...]

Are you Helping Your Virtual Team Embrace Their Power?2018-04-01T22:03:34+00:00

Talent Management And The Virtual Team World

You only need to pick up any decent HR journal or read the latest round of blogs to know that the buzz words at the moment are; talent management, swiftly followed by employee engagement. In challenging economic times managers often make do with the members in their team and their level of capability. Likewise employees [...]

Talent Management And The Virtual Team World2018-04-01T22:03:36+00:00

The History of Virtual Teams

Virtual teams are certainly not a new concept; nor are they fixed within the 21st century. The need for them and their subsequent use has been practised for millennia: from the Roman Empire to the Catholic Church; the East India Company to the Hudson Bay Company; the Post Office to Wells Fargo; and any army [...]

The History of Virtual Teams2018-04-01T22:03:36+00:00

6 Things Every Great Virtual Leader Needs To Know

Virtual teams are increasing as the world’s workforce is changing and becoming more connected thanks to the advance of the internet. While there are many advantages to belonging to a virtual team, it raises the question of how modern leaders will step up to the challenge of managing them, so they can ensure that all [...]

6 Things Every Great Virtual Leader Needs To Know2018-04-01T22:03:36+00:00

Why Do Technical Experts Go Unnoticed ?

Technical experts in the workplace diligently go about their day to day work, but often don't get the recognition they deserve. Why do technical experts not get noticed? I work with many technical experts, whether they are IT geeks (I have been reliably informed they are happy to be known as geeks!), medical experts or [...]

Why Do Technical Experts Go Unnoticed ?2018-04-01T22:03:36+00:00