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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 Next2020-05-25T11:00:40+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 Team2020-05-12T14:30:21+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 Change2020-04-20T18:39:37+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 Life2020-04-08T12:34:10+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 Learning2020-03-16T17:43:23+00:00

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 Remotely2020-03-17T11:42:37+00:00

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 Immediately2020-02-17T16:06:19+00:00

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 Team2020-02-17T14:50:41+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 Workplace2020-02-26T10:56:07+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