Why Are Hybrid Meetings So Horrible?

Hybrid meetings are horrible. Of course, I should really say “often horrible”. I wish I could do that with honesty. But the reality is that hybrid meetings – by which I mean the kind of meetings where the main group is in the same room, with one or two people remote – are almost universally …

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Why Should A Manager Learn Clean Language?

Learning Clean Language will make you a better manager, in few different ways. It will develop your skills, especially involving interpersonal communication and collaborative influence It will increase your self-awareness, especially about the ways you interact with other people It’s likely to lead you to an increasingly sophisticated way of experiencing the world: to increase …

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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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How To Reduce Groupthink In Remote Meetings

Individuals often make bad decisions. We buy things we don’t need. We eat things we know we shouldn’t. So at work, we often get together to share decision-making, in the hope that since two heads are better than one, many heads should make great decisions. But the research shows that groups often make worse decisions …

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How Should A Facilitator, Trainer Or Consultant Dress? “Smartly” or “Authentically”?

If you’re a consultant, how do you want your potential clients to see you? Does that change if you’re more of a facilitator than a consultant? And do either of these change if you mostly work remotely? To what extent is it Clean to match a potential client’s metaphor for “business consultant”: to what extent …

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3 Top Tips: Increasing Engagement In Online Meetings

Increasing Engagement In Online Meetings: 3 Top Tips from Judy Rees I had five minutes. What were the 3 most effective things that leaders could do, to get people more engaged in online meetings? Disengagement is a real poison for online meetings. People don’t expect much from online meetings, so they don’t invest much energy …

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How To Build Open Communication In Your Distributed Team

“If you don’t have that good open (face-to-face) communication operating to begin with, no amount of additional tooling will fix that,” commented Ray Whiting on my recent post about the best tools for remote retrospectives. He’s spot on! So, how might you develop that level of good open communication, especially when you can’t meet in …

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