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’2020-06-23T13:48:06+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 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

3 Ways To Increase Your Personal Power

Last time we talked about why there is immense value in revisiting your personal power in our current working environment. You can refresh your memory by reading why it’s time to develop your personal power post here.  In part two of our series, we have several suggestions on how to turn your ‘power’ dial-up.  All too often the starting point revolves around stopping [...]

3 Ways To Increase Your Personal Power2019-05-15T09:25:28+01:00

Why It’s Time To Develop Your Personal Power

Personal power? Some people might think it’s a phrase that went out of fashion years ago. Maybe, though in today’s disruptive business landscape we need it more than ever; let me explain.  This is part one of a two-part series where we explain why tapping into your personal power is essential to your success. Next time, [...]

Why It’s Time To Develop Your Personal Power2019-05-15T09:23:58+01:00

Do You Have The Skills And Traits Needed To Be A High Performer Today?

Leaders, managers and contributors; we all play our part in growing organisations.  Though the truth is, do, we have the skills now needed in a changing disruptive economy, to be successful in the various roles we all play in our teams and departments?   Possibly; with a bit of adaptation.  It’s interesting that Stephen Covey published his New York Times Best Seller The 7 Habits [...]

Do You Have The Skills And Traits Needed To Be A High Performer Today?2019-04-02T14:20:17+01:00

7 Ways To Build A Company People Want To Work For

If you get a group of HR people or leaders together today, the conversation of employer branding, staff engagement and company culture are likely to raise its head.  It’s not surprising when you consider we are in the middle of a worldwide skills shortage that increases pressure on talent attraction and management for many organisations.  The whole topic of employee engagement is quite [...]

7 Ways To Build A Company People Want To Work For2019-03-18T18:06:23+00:00

Women Leaders And The Gifts They Bring

Something slightly different this week. On Friday it’s International Women’s Day and a great opportunity to celebrate the amazing women out there and the gifts they bring.  Having a Y chromosome or not shouldn’t really be an indication of whether you will make a great leader.  Your leadership abilities should depend on your individual strengths and personality traits. However, in many cases, women aren’t always encouraged to take on leadership roles as often as their male [...]

Women Leaders And The Gifts They Bring2019-03-06T12:19:01+00:00

Leading From The Front Or Behind Which Should You Choose?

Throughout my career there is one law of success that I believe which is: Failing teams, departments and organisations rediscover success as a result of leadership and not management. So often I hear the phrase, and I am sure you do too, “It’s important to lead from the front”.   It’s almost become a mantra that is recited without thinking about: [...]

Leading From The Front Or Behind Which Should You Choose?2019-03-06T12:05:30+00:00

Why Now Is The Time To Become An Open Minded Leader

Being open-minded is a skill I encourage every leader I work with to develop. Over the last few years, the topic of shifting our mindset to improve and create the results we want has become prevalent in most leadership circles.  Working and developing our mindset is critical for today’s leader.  Some time ago I wrote a piece based on Carol Dweck’s work on [...]

Why Now Is The Time To Become An Open Minded Leader2018-11-26T16:36:22+00:00

Mid Career Blues: Is It Happening To You?

Mid-career blues can happen to the best of us.  A great example of this phenomenon in action is portrayed in the iconic film Educating Rita.   If you are a film junkie, like me, treat yourself to a copy this Christmas. When it was released, it received a clutch of BAFTA awards, so well worth a watch.  The story revolves around Rita played by Julie Walters, a married hairdresser who one day after a particularly banal customer interaction, utters the immortal words: “Is this all there is?”  [...]

Mid Career Blues: Is It Happening To You?2018-11-27T12:35:08+00:00

How To Develop A Team Of Loyal Employees

Developing a team of loyal employees  is critical for many of the leaders I speak to. In honesty, both are connected, which I’ll come onto. As I sit writing this, it’s half term in the UK, and I’m spending time with family and friends and reflecting on some of the challenges our clients want help [...]

How To Develop A Team Of Loyal Employees2018-11-27T12:34:33+00:00

6 Strategies To Managing Performance In Virtual Teams

Throughout my career, I have worked with over a thousand people managers and talked with several hundred more. If there is one phrase I have seen managers react to with what looks to me like a ‘heart sink’ moment it’s ‘performance management’. Over recent years we have seen huge global organisations move away from the classic annual appraisal system because it had become [...]

6 Strategies To Managing Performance In Virtual Teams2018-11-27T12:34:01+00:00

Employee Burnout: Are Your Team At Risk?

Continuing our theme of creating a happy and engaged workforce, I wanted to raise the topical subject of employee burnout.  For the training team at Zestfor, we are reflecting on a fabulous sun-filled summer and are preparing for the last quarter push this year.  I suspect it’s the same for many of you reading this post. With around ten weeks or so to Christmas, you may have [...]

Employee Burnout: Are Your Team At Risk?2018-11-27T12:33:32+00:00

3 Easy Ways To Ensure Your Employees Are Happy And Engaged

Happy and engaged employees are more productive. I know, it’s not exactly rocket science is it? However, a rushed deadline or far too many things on your to-do list means that the ‘wellbeing’ of your team members is de-prioritised.  Suddenly the many benefits of an engaged and happy team are then forgotten. As we approach the end of another year, your employees can have a classic [...]

3 Easy Ways To Ensure Your Employees Are Happy And Engaged2018-11-27T12:32:48+00:00

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