Remote Teams

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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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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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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The Best Tools For Remote Retrospectives

What are the best tools to use for retrospectives with a remote/distributed team? That question came up on LinkedIn today, as it frequently does. Whenever I hear this kind of question, I wonder what’s behind it. Is this question coming from a highly-successful remote/distributed team whose retrospectives are already great, wanting to make sure they …

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5 Ways To Improve Your Hybrid Meetings

Are you struggling to lead effective hybrid meetings? The issue comes up at every presentation I give. “How can we make our meeting work when a group of people are in the room together, and one or two are remote?” The fact is that hybrid meetings are especially challenging. Communication inequality is baked in to …

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