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

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

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

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

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

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

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+01:00

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+01:00

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+01:00

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+01:00

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+01:00

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+01:00

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+01:00

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+01:00

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+01:00

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+01:00

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+01:00