The Connected Manager - Better Management in a Virtual World
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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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Getting feedback from a virtual audience

10 Sep 2019

Speaking to large groups on-line can be deeply disconcerting. Why? Because even in a lecture-type presentation, you get all kinds of feedback. But doing it virtually feels like you’re talking into a void.

Faith, trust and teamwork

28 Aug 2019

Having faith is a wonderful thing. But today's project and functional teams need to run on trust. Why? Because unlike faith, trust is evidence-based, built on measurable results and can be restored through hard work.

Vital lessons from an eight year old

30 Jul 2019

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.

Code is easier than people

11 Jul 2019

Going from being a ‘doer’ to being a manager isn’t easy, because managing others demands interpersonal and communication skills that need to be worked on.

How to take expert advice

04 Jul 2019

You could drive yourself crazy trying to follow every piece of advice you get - and often the experts disagree. So how is a rational person supposed to take all this advice without their heads imploding?

The 'golden suggestion' for managers

17 Jun 2019

The old saying “do unto others as you’d like them to do unto you” Is fine advice. But when it comes to management, it's not so simple. Let me explain why it doesn’t stack up.

The two big communication questions

27 May 2019

Communication increasingly seems to be a question of technology. But it isn’t. It's a complicated process with lots of moving parts. And it starts with two very important questions

Key skills for virtual leaders

14 May 2019

Leading a virtual team is a tough call, so here are seven key behaviors that leaders of virtual teams need to develop to be successful.

Great advice from a sketchy source

23 Apr 2019

Ian Fleming’s James Bond books don’t normally spring to mind as sources of useful management advice. But there’s a line in ‘Goldfinger’ that is actually quite brilliant if you run a remote team.

Are your teammates competent?

08 Apr 2019

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.

The cost of bad meetings

26 Mar 2019

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.

Staying on track isn't easy

28 Feb 2019

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.

Five remote team new year's resolutions

07 Jan 2019

The new year is a great time to ask some fundamental questions about how your project team works together and what needs to change. So here are five "resolutions" you should at least consider for your remote team.

Do you run meetings or lead them?

24 Sep 2018

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.

Five reasons remote teams fail

20 Aug 2018

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.

Are you hiding behind technology?

06 Aug 2018

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 confrontation or uncomfortable conversations.

Earning attention on webinars

12 Jul 2018

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

Ask your team a 3,000 year-old question

22 Jun 2018

If you're mindful as to your meeting's purpose and desired outcome, you will accomplish far more than if you approach it as an empty ritual.

The mortar in a project's wall

04 Jun 2018

What holds a wall together is the mortar between the bricks. And what holds a project together is the effective, clear and proactive communication between individuals.

Shut up first, talk later

04 Jun 2018

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.