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Personal User Manuals for Distributed Teams

People relate to each other in different ways, and in-office team members quickly learn each other’s styles. That’s not so easy in a distributed team, where team members are more remote, communicate mainly using technology, and have more diverse cultural backgrounds.

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Build Their Judgement Part Three – Open the Door

The best leaders share their wisdom and experience with their team members, to build their judgement and give them greater power, responsibility and authority. Traditionally, this has been done in person, so this needs new skills for working with distributed teams.

In this third episode of this three-part series, we talk about “opening the door” – that is, giving them the chance to speak up and be heard, inside and outside the organisation.

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Build Their Judgement Part Two – Raise The Roof

The best leaders share their wisdom and experience with their team members, to build their judgement and give them greater power, responsibility and authority. Traditionally, this has been done in person, so this needs new skills for working with distributed teams.

In this second episode of this three-part series, we talk about “raising the roof” – that is, exposing them to higher roles, so they can see the bigger picture beyond their regular work.

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Build Their Judgement Part One – Break Down the Walls

The best leaders share their wisdom and experience with their team members, to build their judgement and give them greater power, responsibility and authority. Traditionally, this has been done in person, so this needs new skills for working with distributed teams.

In this first part of our three-part series, we’ll talk about “breaking down the walls” for your team members, so you help them understand how their role fits with the rest of the team, organisation, and the outside world.

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Design Thinking for Distributed Teams

Employee engagement is an important factor in the workplace, because an engaged workforce is a motivated workforce, and a motivated workforce is more productive. How do you design the ideal workplace in a distributed team? Ask your in-office workers and remote workers for help, and you’ll be surprised by the depth and breadth of their ideas.

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Sodexo published a report, 2017 Global Workplace Trends, which includes a section about design thinking for workplaces.

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Continuous Improvement in Distributed Teams

As a leader, you know the importance of constant, consistent, ongoing improvement in your systems, processes, and operations. You might be engaging your in-person team members in this continuous improvement, but are you fully involving your remote team members as well? They bring more diversity, offer novel insights, and fast-track your growth and evolution.

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The Workplace Of The Future: What Does It Look Like?

There’s a lot of talk about “the workplace of the future”, and there’s no one clear definition of what that means. This Dynamic Business article tackles some of the basic questions on this topic, including:

  • How has the concept of the workplace changed?
  • What is the workplace of the future? Why is it desirable?
  • Is transitioning to a workplace of the future easy?
  • Why is the hybrid workforce model worth embracing?
  • How do businesses with a geographically-dispersed team maintain their cultural identity, guard against disunity?

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Managing Conflict in Distributed Teams

Conflicts are inevitable in any workplace, but can be particularly challenging in distributed teams, where team members don’t work in the same office. As a leader, it’s important to understand these differences, so you can prevent conflicts before they occur if possible, and address them promptly when they do occur.

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Part One: Preventing Conflict:

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Part Two: Addressing Conflict:

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4 Tips For Leading Teams Of Freelancers

Freelancers often don’t get the recognition they deserve – and as a result, managers and leaders don’t get the best out of them. If you only see them as small, inferior parts of your team, you won’t fully tap into their range of expertise and depth of skills.

A Fast Company article recently listed four tips for getting more from your freelancers:

  • Freelancers need motivation too
  • Respect the limits of specialization
  • Untangle roles and keep responsibilities clear
  • Don’t lose sight of your own job in the process of managing others’

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Managing Conflict in Distributed Teams – Part One

Conflicts are inevitable in any workplace, but can be particularly challenging in distributed teams, where team members don’t work in the same office. As a leader, it’s important to understand these differences, so you can prevent conflicts before they occur if possible, and address them promptly when they do occur.

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