W. Wayne Turmel is a speaker, writer and corporate drone who lives in Chicago Il. He is the founder and president of Greatwebmeetings.com, a co-founder of The Remote Leadership Institute and the author of Meet Like you Mean it, a book that helps virtual and remote teams collaborate more effectively.
06 Oct 2015
Collaboration tools like Slack, Yammer or Lync claim to make team communication more efficient. But how do they differ from good old Instant Messaging, webcam, or webmeeting platforms? And how can you get the best out of them in the real world?
30 Sep 2015
There’s one complaint everyone has about communicating with their teammates: long email threads. You know, the ones that start as a simple request for information and grow like a virus. But with a little discipline, you can put a stop to this madness.
15 Sep 2015
One of the biggest factors in building trust is believing in the competence of the people you work with. If you work in the same place, that isn’t so hard to do. But if you work remotely, gathering evidence of competence takes more effort.
31 Aug 2015
Many of us today are tasked with getting work done when we don't have direct reporting responsibility over the people on the team. This can lead to confusion, frustration and miscommunication. But it doesn’t have to.
24 Aug 2015
When it comes to managing a remote team, technology is not a communication problem. Your choices are the problem. You need to choose the right tool then execute your communication well - and stop blaming the tools if you chose the wrong one for the wrong reason.
18 Aug 2015
People who work remotely or from home often claim to be ‘more productive’. But productivity is a long-term measurement that means more than just getting more tasks finished in a given time period.
28 Jul 2015
Hybrid teams - some people working in the office, some at home or elsewhere - are increasingly common. But they pose unique challenges, so a wise leader needs to be aware of the dynamics that can make them work.
14 Jul 2015
Multitasking, we’re told, makes you even less effective than you would be if you were stoned on marijuana. But how can you reduce the negative effects of gadget overload when most of your communication relies on technology?
02 Jul 2015
Every animal depends on its heart for continuing existence and good health. Exactly the same is true of an organization, except that rather than a multi-chambered muscle, an organization relies on its leadership, its managers and its flow of information.
10 Jun 2015
Assumptions aren’t bad things. They are the model under which we do our work, particularly in remote teams. But assumptions need testing now and again, because without some kind of feedback along the way, things can go can go very wrong.
03 Jun 2015
Without visual cues and context, it’s all too easy to make assumptions about your team's effectiveness. But being mindful of your behavior and communication style can yield both short- and long-term dividends and help you to see what’s really going on.
26 May 2015
In our ultra-connected world, communication increasingly seems to be a question of technology. But it isn’t. Communication is a complicated, two-way (at least) process with lots of moving parts. And it starts with two very important questions
12 May 2015
Ian Fleming’s James Bond books don’t normally spring to mind as sources of useful management advice. But there’s a one-liner in ‘Goldfinger’ that is actually quite brilliant, particularly if you run a remote team.
05 May 2015
The three components to building trust within a team are common goals, proof of motives and proof of competence. So thinking of competence, even if your team is filled with very talented people, do they all know that?
30 Apr 2015
A healthy skepticism towards the 'latest and greatest' is nothing new. Smart people have been resisting buying or implementing new technology for thousands of years for reasons that haven’t changed much since Roman times.
21 Apr 2015
Engagement isn’t something that organizations can foist upon people or buy with better benefits or free pizza. People are engaged (or not) because they choose to be; it’s something that comes from within them. If you don’t believe me, just consider your love life.
09 Apr 2015
Very few people intentionally try to undermine their working relationships with other team members. But most of us manage to do things inadvertently that can have a disproportionately negative impact on teamwork and productivity.
01 Apr 2015
In a remote team, technology is the way you communicate. So it should be a conduit to better information flow, not a bottleneck that constricts it. And that means limiting the distractions technology can create.
24 Mar 2015
Have you ever been in the sort of meeting where most of the attendees are in a conference room, but a few are on a speaker phone? They rarely work well. But the problem isn't about sound or audio, it’s the lack of eye contact. And the solution is to understand that and compensate for it.
10 Mar 2015
Sometimes people have very good reasons for not using their tools. But often the reasons aren’t very good at all. Take the humble webcam. Most of us now have access to webmeeting tools that can use a webcam. So if you're not using one, perhaps you should ask yourself why not.
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