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Wayne Turmel

Wayne Turmel

W. Wayne Turmel is a speaker, writer and corporate drone who lives in Chicago Il. He is the founder and president of, 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.

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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?

Snip those email threads!

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.

Are your teammates competent?

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.

When you're not 'their boss'

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.

Don't use technology as an excuse for bad management

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.

Don’t confuse task completion with productivity

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.

Reducing tensions in partly-virtual teams

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.

Better stoned than multitasking?

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?

There’s nothing soft about the heart

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.