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Wayne Turmel

Wayne Turmel

Wayne Turmel is a speaker, writer and co-founder of The Remote Leadership Institute. He’s passionate about helping people present, sell and lead people and projects using today’s virtual communication technology. His books include Meet Like You Mean It - a Leader’s Guide to Painless and Productive Virtual Meetings. Wayne is based in Chicago, IL.

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A whole new ballgame?

19 May 2016

Adopting teleworking or distributed teams might seem like a whole new ball game. In fact, it’s the same game, but played on a slightly different field. WHAT managers do doesn’t really change. HOW they do it is where the difference lies.

The 'golden suggestion' for managers

28 Apr 2016

The old saying “do unto others as you’d like them to do unto you” Is fine advice. But when it comes to management, this golden rule is flawed. Let me explain why it doesn’t stack up.

Accountability is more important than accounting

22 Apr 2016

What's more important: that people are working on exactly what you want them working on at that exact moment, or that important tasks and outputs are done on time and team goals are met?

Do you run meetings or lead them?

13 Apr 2016

Any meeting, whether in a conference room or online, can be run. But successful meetings need to be led - and there is a huge difference between running a meeting and leading one.

Staying on track isn't easy

05 Apr 2016

It's surprising how often teams lose sight of their goals. There are plenty of reasons, and maybe understanding some of the most common will help you and your team reassess where you are headed.

The cost of bad meetings

21 Mar 2016

Bad meetings cost companies billions of dollars every year. But this waste is easily avoidable if only we'd all ask ourselves a couple of basic questions and think a little more about how and why we have meetings.

Five reasons remote teams fail

29 Feb 2016

Leading a remote team isn’t that different to leading a co-located one. But we do have to re-think how we do certain things. Here are five ways you can get that wrong.

Code is easier than people

16 Feb 2016

Going from being a ‘doer’ to being a manager isn’t easy. Experts are seldom aware of how they achieve their level of excellence. But managing others demands interpersonal and communication skills that need to be worked on.

Teaching young'uns about tech

01 Feb 2016

We often hear that ‘older' workers won’t adopt new tech while younger ones are 'digital natives'. But it isn’t that simple. There’s plenty that us ‘oldies’ can teach the young'uns about the efficient use of technology at work.

Vital lessons from an eight year old

20 Jan 2016

The most important business lesson I ever learned, I learned at eight years old. And it’s something that is as relevant to all of us today as it was to me as a kid back then.

Techniques for working with ADD team members

06 Jan 2016

Working with people with Attention Deficit Disorder can sometimes be tricky. But there are specific steps you can take to make meetings less painful and the day-to-day job of supervising less of a chore.

Managing team members with ADD

30 Dec 2015

Almost five percent of the adult population in Western Countries are believed to be somewhere on the Attention Deficit spectrum. So how can managers deal with their people who struggle to focus more than others?

Why smart people resist new technology

22 Dec 2015

Technology is supposed to give us new, faster, better or easier ways to get our job done. So why, then, are smart, competent, motivated people often so reluctant to adopt new workplace tools?

Shut up first, talk later

15 Dec 2015

On team conference calls it can sometimes seem almost impossible to get people to contribute or share information effectively. Here’s how you can change that to get maximum input from participants.

Don't hate Skype for Business until you try it

02 Dec 2015

I really don’t care much about platforms or whether tool X is better than tool Y. What I do care about is the mental health of project managers and leaders. That’s why it’s time to have a conversation about Skype for Business.

Managing the pyramids project

17 Nov 2015

Peter Drucker once said, “The greatest management job of all time was building the pyramids.” But then, the Egyptians didn't have to deal with conference calls, a barrage of email or managing remote teams.

Earning attention on webinars

04 Nov 2015

I’m always being asked how to get people to pay attention to the webinars we present. My answer is to ask a simple question: what are you doing to earn their attention?

Learning is everywhere

23 Oct 2015

What you know now is good for now, but might be completely outdated by tomorrow. This means there's a constant need to learn new things - both formally and - increasingly - informally.

Are you hiding behind technology?

19 Oct 2015

We all get tired, rushed and overworked. And when we do, it's tempting to use technology as an excuse to take the easy way out by avoiding communication, confrontation or uncomfortable conversations.

Cutting your team some Slack (or Yammer), or whatever

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?