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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 Team2020-02-17T14:50:41+00:00

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 20202020-02-05T09:01:17+00:00

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 Culture2020-01-21T15:07:47+00:00

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 Meetings2020-01-07T11:25:31+00:00

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 Workplace2019-12-17T11:52:32+00:00

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?2019-12-02T10:33:11+00:00

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 Team2019-11-05T12:59:16+00:00

How to Make Your Webcam Presentations Work with WOW!

It’s a digital age that we’re living in.   And for leaders, that means embracing technology when running webinars or online training for virtual teams. You may already have experienced FaceTime or Skype on your tablet – this is just the next step!   Many participants I speak to in my training sessions find it challenging to use webcams for presenting in virtual classrooms. It’s not just the technology of setting it up; they say they find it difficult to engage, look natural and remember what [...]

How to Make Your Webcam Presentations Work with WOW!2019-11-12T16:55:44+00:00

The 6 Reasons Why Your Team Is Failing

Your team is crucial to the success of your business. Managed well, a team can accomplish much more than an individual – working together and using each other’s skills and abilities to unleash creativity, embrace innovation and build a pathway to success.  But what happens if your team is underperforming? What are the warning signs, and how do you deal with problems that arise?  In this article, [...]

The 6 Reasons Why Your Team Is Failing2019-11-05T07:28:56+00:00

Creating Connections in a Virtual Team

There are countless opportunities for colleagues who work in the same location to connect every day – whether it’s a casual conversation about non-work-related topics, or the chance to celebrate occasions such as birthdays together. But what happens when you lead a virtual team? It can be very easy to focus solely on the task [...]

Creating Connections in a Virtual Team2019-11-05T12:59:44+00:00

8 Things Leaders Should Stop Doing in 2020

As we head into winter, now’s a great time to start planning for 2020.   How will you face the challenge of developing your leadership skills in the new year?  Whilst it’s sometimes easy to focus on what you would like to be doing (improving communication, learning new skills, coming up with innovative ideas, hitting new targets) what about thinking about the things you should stop doing?  Leadership can be challenging. However, some of your habits may have made it more difficult [...]

8 Things Leaders Should Stop Doing in 20202019-10-21T15:58:17+01:00

How Strong Is Your Curiosity Muscle?

Influential leaders need to have many traits to successfully lead their team.   They need to be resilient, focused and willing to lead from the front. They also need diplomacy, self-awareness and transparency to establish trust in their team.  However, there is another quality that the best leaders possess, and that’s curiosity. Often overlooked, curiosity can turn a good leader into a great leader.   Having intellectual curiosity, [...]

How Strong Is Your Curiosity Muscle?2020-02-19T10:18:07+00:00

Why Self-Love and Self-Understanding is the Path to Your Success

I read an article recently about emotional intelligence, that suggested this will become a prominent component of business principles in the not-so-distant future.   Emotional Intelligence (EI) is no longer the remit of more ‘hippy,’ laid-back companies who tend to employ an attitude of self-love and self-understanding among employees.   EI is becoming a business prerogative, growing in importance as an essential set of skills required in the workplace across all [...]

Why Self-Love and Self-Understanding is the Path to Your Success2019-09-30T15:36:58+01:00

How to Become a Ninja Negotiator

Many managers and leaders find themselves handling complex negotiations at some point in their career.  Before you arrive at the negotiating table, it’s a wise move to ensure you have several options in the bag for possible favourable outcomes.   These should include more than you actually expect to achieve, and some alternatives – that is, areas you will be willing to [...]

How to Become a Ninja Negotiator2019-09-03T14:49:14+01:00

7 Challenges in Developing Your Virtual Team

A dream team without boundaries: a team with the freedom and flexibility for healthy work-life balance; the ability to select the best people for the job, regardless of where they are in the world.  That’s the goal. Of course, the reality is always different, and it can be challenging for managers and leaders to build a successful team when you’re not in the same physical place.  Digital teams [...]

7 Challenges in Developing Your Virtual Team2019-09-03T12:40:20+01:00

6 Reasons Why Women Fail to Get Ahead in Business

Female representation in the corporate world’s top jobs hasn’t improved much. In fact, it’s hardly improved at all according to a recent report by McKinsey & Company, despite many companies signing up to promote gender equality.  In the (not so distant) past, it was difficult for women to climb the career ladder to the top spots. I can remember the [...]

6 Reasons Why Women Fail to Get Ahead in Business2019-07-29T17:26:23+01:00

Why You Need to Celebrate The Introverts in Your Team

Introverts. They’ve got a bad rap. They are considered to be quiet, shy, reserved, over analytical and lacking in empathy. Extroverts, on the other hand, are seen as outgoing, opinionated, team players who are going places. But in fact, this is not the case. The truth is that introverts are misunderstood. Psychologist Carl Jung claimed, [...]

Why You Need to Celebrate The Introverts in Your Team2019-07-15T16:52:21+01:00

5 Critical Leadership Skills for The New Decade

We have spent the last few years hearing how the millennial generation will dominate the workforce from the year 2020 and learning about how leaders can lead and manage an ever increasingly diverse and multi-generational workforce.  The reality is that 2020 isn’t too far away. Recently it has made me think about what lies ahead for organisations and leaders in the [...]

5 Critical Leadership Skills for The New Decade2019-07-01T16:34:56+01:00

Powerful Conversations: Are You Failing, Or Flying?

While I realise we are living in the digital age with communication platforms such as WhatsApp, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, Signal and Slack we do however have many conversations face to face throughout the day; at least I am hoping as leaders we do?  The question is, how many of these conversations excite and inspire you? How many prove to be sincere and thought-provoking? [...]

Powerful Conversations: Are You Failing, Or Flying?2019-07-11T12:07:17+01:00

Do You Know What Motivates Your Team?

Motivation as a topic is a common area for discussions I have with clients across the globe.  It normally centres around:  The lack of motivation in a team  How to re-engage teams through motivation  How to establish a culture of motivation  How to identify different reward strategies that will work  The eternal question: Why are some people motivated differently to [...]

Do You Know What Motivates Your Team?2019-06-05T10:07:23+01:00