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Creating a New Company Culture For a Post-Covid World

The events of the last few months have changed the way we think about the very fundamentals of work.  Millions of UK employees were placed on the government's job retention furlough scheme, and ONS figures for April found that 49.2% of adults in employment were working from home.  For the most part, this scheme and the fast shift [...]

Creating a New Company Culture For a Post-Covid World2020-08-05T10:02:58+01:00

Why Our New Virtual World Requires You to Be a Better Leader

The Covid-19 crisis will have been a significant test of your management skills. We are now past the worst of the ‘initial’ crisis, and as leaders, we must pick up the pieces to rebuild and strengthen our teams in what will be a challenging time.   No leader can tell how prepared they are for any crisis until it happens.   No amount of management training could have prepared us for the [...]

Why Our New Virtual World Requires You to Be a Better Leader2020-07-21T12:00:55+01:00

How to Manage These 6 Common Challenges in Your Post-Pandemic Team

As we return to our workplaces, things will be very different during the second half of the year.  The way that we work is different, and this significant change has the potential to be problematic for your team.  Whether your team are continuing to work from home, or if you are now back in a socially distanced [...]

How to Manage These 6 Common Challenges in Your Post-Pandemic Team2020-07-15T14:34:02+01:00

How L&D Can Support the Virtual Leader

In recent years, virtual team working has been on the rise. We know that. However, we also know that there has been a dramatic spike in remote collaboration in recent weeks and virtual teams have been built - and taken shape - almost overnight. In the coming weeks, some will return to the office. For [...]

How L&D Can Support the Virtual Leader2020-07-15T14:34:02+01:00

3 Ways Leaders Motivate Virtual Teams In The ‘New Norm’

With such a significant shift in working practices due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, remote working could be here to stay indefinitely.  Employees have embraced remote working in a way that we could not have predicted at the start of the year. Almost half of the UK workforce were instructed to work from home overnight, organisations made it happen, and it [...]

3 Ways Leaders Motivate Virtual Teams In The ‘New Norm’2020-07-15T14:34:03+01:00

Is Managing Your Time the Key for Successful Virtual Leaders?

Virtual leadership is such a pertinent topic right now, as leaders adapt to the new world that the coronavirus has caused. Working from home is one of the success stories of the COVID-19 outbreak, with many companies reporting an easy transition. A recent survey found that up to 98 per cent of employees would like [...]

Is Managing Your Time the Key for Successful Virtual Leaders?2020-07-15T14:34:04+01:00

Why Teams Have Changed Forever – And What You Need to Do Next

The impact of the coronavirus on our lives has been significant; One example is the way we now view working at home versus the office.   Interestingly many organisations have quickly turned their operations virtual - something which might have seemed impossible before it suddenly became business-critical.   Leaders everywhere are now asking the question: how will the COVID-19 outbreak change their organisations and their teams?  While most people [...]

Why Teams Have Changed Forever – And What You Need to Do Next2020-07-15T14:34:04+01:00

How to Develop an Impactful Virtual Team

Virtual teams have been on the rise over the last decade, but the COVID-19 outbreak has highlighted their importance in our current economy.  As we move forward, it will be the teams who can make a success of remote working which will come out strongest.  As announced by the Prime Minister, in the U.K. from Wednesday, May [...]

How to Develop an Impactful Virtual Team2020-07-15T14:34:05+01:00

The Challenges of Leading Virtual Teams Through Change

The COVID-19 outbreak has changed the way we think about virtual working.  Once a less ‘standard’ or optional working style, the vast majority of us are now working from home.  Though on an interim basis, it’s highly likely that many organisations are now seriously considering utilising remote working for their organisation.  This significant shift has then also changed the role of [...]

The Challenges of Leading Virtual Teams Through Change2020-07-15T14:34:05+01:00

The Ultimate Balancing Act – Remote Working and Home Life

The COVID-19 outbreak has forced millions of us to work from home; many of whom have never done so before.  If the last few weeks have marked your first ever work-from-home period, first of all – congratulations, and secondly, if you’ve found it difficult to adjust - you’re not alone.   Despite an upward trend of home working in the last ten years – the number of people working [...]

The Ultimate Balancing Act – Remote Working and Home Life2020-07-15T14:34:06+01:00

Why Great Leaders Are Always Learning

Do you know the secret all great leaders share?   It's that there's an intrinsic value to lifelong learning, and by embracing it, you can develop and grow your leadership capabilities.  Simon Sinek, motivational speaker and author of the bestselling book Start With Why, says, "Leadership is a skill, a learnable, practicable skill, and the best leaders don't consider themselves experts— they consider themselves students…regardless of [...]

Why Great Leaders Are Always Learning2020-07-15T14:34:07+01:00

8 Easy Steps to Plan and Prioritise When Working Remotely

Staying focused when working remotely can be challenging, even for seasoned professionals.  Constant distractions - from that pile of laundry that needs ironing to your dog wanting a brisk walk – staying focused can be harder than you think.  But with more teams working remotely around the world, and with the escalation of Coronavirus adding to the numbers who are working [...]

8 Easy Steps to Plan and Prioritise When Working Remotely2020-07-15T14:34:08+01:00

New to Leadership? Here Are 5 Strategies To Implement Immediately

If you’ve recently been promoted to your first leadership role, congratulations!   The step up to management is exciting, but it can be a steep learning curve too, and one that will take you out of your comfort zone. No doubt, you are already very good at your job, but managing a team as a new [...]

New to Leadership? Here Are 5 Strategies To Implement Immediately2020-07-15T14:34:08+01:00

How To Ensure Wellbeing In Your Virtual Team

For leaders with virtual teams, ensuring your employees stay happy and healthy means not only ensuring they have the right tools for their work but that you commit to regular communication to promote a sense of belonging to the company culture and community for your virtual employees.  Wellbeing for virtual teams comes with its own set [...]

How To Ensure Wellbeing In Your Virtual Team2020-07-15T14:34:09+01:00

Why You Need to Develop Your Influencing Style in 2020

What exactly is influencing; and importantly, how can you develop this essential skill? In essence, influencing is the ability to affect the character, development, or behaviour of someone or something else. And the ability to understand and harness the power of influence is the key to effective leadership. In today's business world, effective leadership requires [...]

Why You Need to Develop Your Influencing Style in 20202020-07-15T14:34:10+01:00

5 Steps to Developing an Agile Team Culture

Before we get into developing your ideal agile virtual team culture, it’s worth thinking about what exactly we mean by ‘agile’. An agile team is a cross-functional group of individuals that have the necessary people and skills to produce a successful outcome. It’s important to remember that there’s no magic formula to developing an agile [...]

5 Steps to Developing an Agile Team Culture2020-07-15T14:34:11+01:00

Why You Should Be Using Your Webcam For Meetings

Organising meetings that are productive and efficient is a fine art. And never more so if you are developing a virtual team who are too far away for regular face to face meetings.  A recent study on trends in high performing global teams concluded that ‘the human factor remains the greatest hurdle for global virtual teams.’   More and more, team leaders and employees are working [...]

Why You Should Be Using Your Webcam For Meetings2020-07-15T14:34:12+01:00

Tackling Introversion Bias in the Workplace

Diversity has become a big issue in the workplace over recent years.   As a leadership coach, I’ve worked with many managers and leaders who are doing their best to incorporate diversity and inclusion in their workplace. Be it regarding age, disability, gender or ethnicity – employers are striving to provide an inclusive arena for everyone to [...]

Tackling Introversion Bias in the Workplace2020-07-15T14:34:12+01:00

Gender Inequality – Are You Treating Your Team Members Differently?

Despite all talk of equality in the 21st century, you don’t have to cast around very far to see gender bias still at work across many companies.   A recent Forbes article stated that our unconscious biases are significantly holding women back - Harvard’s global online research study of over 200,000 participants showed that 76% of people are gender-biased, believing men are better suited for careers and women are better [...]

Gender Inequality – Are You Treating Your Team Members Differently?2020-07-15T14:34:13+01:00

Supporting Your Virtual Team

Good leaders support their team to achieve the task at hand – great leaders look to support their employees with much more than that. Career development, loyalty to the company you work for and productivity levels are all closely linked to how effective we are at work. And they’re much easier to achieve with a [...]

Supporting Your Virtual Team2020-07-15T14:34:14+01:00