How To Build Psychological Safety In Distributed Teams

Psychological safety is a vitally important ingredient for high-performing teams, whether they’re co-located or distributed around the world. And it may be an especially important piece for distributed teams. In a psychologically safe situation, everyone feels safe to take interpersonal risks, voice their opinions, admit mistakes and ask questions. Nobody will be punished for admitting …

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Online Learning Events: Why Size Matters

When you organise a live online learning event, how many people do you want to turn up? The answer isn’t always “as many as possible”!  In reality, “it depends”. It depends on what you want people to learn, and how you want them to learn it – just as it does for an in-the-room event. …

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Webinnexion: Disrupting The Webinar

Do you attend – or run – talk-over-slides webinars? They’ve been around for decades now. But I reckon we’re ready for a change. It’s time to disrupt the webinar! Of course, the talk-over-sides formula has its place. As a “participant”, you can listen with half an ear, while doing something else, and get the general …

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Facilitating Remotely: What I’ve Just Learned

The other night I spoke at an Agile coaches’ retreat in Ann Arbor, Michigan. But I didn’t have to travel 3,777 miles across the Atlantic – I connected via video conference. Does that make me a hypocrite? Regular readers of this blog, and students of my courses such as Remote Meetings Masterclass, will know I’m …

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Metaphorum: What’s The MetaPhormula?

A couple of weeks ago, 120+ people from at least 21 countries spent more than 12 hours online together in an immersive, interactive, online-video experience, Metaphorum 2019. It’s the fourth time I’ve staged one of these for the Clean Language community, and this was arguably the most successful so far – not least because the …

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The Basic Ingredients Of Effective Online Meetings

I’m loving my work at the moment! My calendar’s been packed with online training sessions with bunches of brilliant people – mainly coaches, facilitators and trainers. They join the first call apprehensive at the thought of a longish online session: the best that they hope for is boredom.  They finish the workshops delighted at the …

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