Virtual Teams

Three Ways To Build Trust In Your Distributed Team

Trust is essential for creative, collaborative work. Creative, collaborative teams need to be able to disagree… without everything falling apart.  They need the magic of creative abrasion to build on, and polish, each other’s ideas, moving away from “ruinous empathy” and towards clear decisions on which options deserve to be tested, and which to test …

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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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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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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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