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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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What you know now is good for now, but might be completely outdated by tomorrow.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.
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.
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.
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