With much of the world having to adapt and work remotely where possible, it can be hard to manage even a single team because of virtual distances. Managers might feel powerless to keep a group cohesive and productive, whether in the office or working remotely. Distance working has its own set of challenges and cultural issues, just like working in the office does.
So, what can you do to shrink this cultural divide and prevent your collocated or remote team members from feeling isolated on either side?
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Most ambitious people care deeply about their work and want to perform at the highest level. So it’s easy to fall into the common trap of putting work and other life obligations first, while leaving self-care (things you do for your health, well-being, and energy) last on your list of priorities. But that kind of lifestyle is unsustainable, especially when you have a demanding, high-energy job in stressful times or when you adapt.
How are you doing at managing your prime sources of energy?
Most people wish for more time, but what would you fill it with? If your answer is more of the same – more projects, more interruptions for requests from others, more checking email – then that is like saying the solution to your cluttered garage is a second garage to fill up.
As more and more team members work remotely, effective time management is essential to ensure progress to achieve quality work, family, and self.
Leadership often means doing stuff no one else wants to. Broaching touchy topics. Making unpopular decisions. Accepting responsibility. Charting a clear path in a haze of uncertainty.
But the good news is you do not have to dramatically overhaul your behavior to take more initiative. This toolkit will help you make changes, whether you are leading collocated teams, remote employees, or a mix of both.
If you’re a leader, it helps to be a good talker. But great communication is actually more about hearing and understanding others than it is about being heard yourself. When you listen well you will be able to connect more deeply with your team members, and customers.
These tips will take your communication skills to the next level, whether it is face to face or virtually.
When you execute a strategy that requires a lasting change in the behavior of other people, you are facing one of the greatest leadership challenges you will ever meet. Find out how you can implement a set of proven practices that meet that challenge successfully every time.
During the unprecendented current global situation, most of your team are working remotely. Times like this are when you need to keep your team engaged, motivated and resilient. Find out how you can continue to enable you and your team to overcome and deliver results.