The Connected Manager - Better Management in a Virtual World
back to opinion

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.

@LeadingRemotely website

Accountability is more important than accounting

14 Oct 2021

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?

Building trust remotely

07 Jun 2021

Trusting the people you work with (and for) has never been easy. But when you work remotely it's even tougher.

Managing time in meetings

30 Apr 2021

One of the main concerns when running a webinar or virtual meeting is managing time effectively so we don't lose sight of what the meeting is actually supposed to accomplish.

Presenting online is still presenting

22 Feb 2021

Presenting online is more like a traditional presentation than most people think. But too often, those delivering material online do so in just about the least effective manner possible.

Learning is everywhere

03 Feb 2021

What you know now is good for now, but might be completely outdated by tomorrow.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

The mortar in a project's wall

08 Jan 2021

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.

How to take expert advice

14 Dec 2020

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?

Staying on track isn't easy

12 Nov 2020

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.

Don’t confuse task completion with productivity

21 Sep 2020

People who work remotely 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.

Data, information and webmeetings

11 Aug 2020

Turning raw data into meaningful information is a key part of a manager's job. And smart managers know that webinars or videoconferencing tools can help translate one into the other.

Snip those email threads!

27 Jul 2020

if there’s one complaint everyone has about communicating with their teammates it's long email threads - you know, the ones that start as a simple request for information and grow like a virus.

Reacting vs responding

09 Jul 2020

Do you interrupt what you're doing to read incoming emails? Do you hit “reply all” when you probably shouldn’t? Too often, we react rather than respond. And that can lead to trouble, especially for managers.

Office politics when you're not in an office

24 Jun 2020

People who work remotely often view the absence of office politics as a real plus. But they’re wrong. Understanding organizational and inter-personal dynamics is a critical part of that thing called ‘work’.

Shut up first, talk later

17 Jun 2020

Sometimes it it can seem almost impossible to get people to contribute or share information effectively in a video conference. Here’s how you can change that.

Don't use technology as an excuse for bad management

05 Jun 2020

When it comes to managing a remote team, technology is not a communication problem. So stop blaming the tools if you chose the wrong one for the wrong reason.

Open questions, open communication

20 May 2020

Working remotely, we miss the non-verbal signals we see when working face-to-face. That's why asking open questions is one of the most critical skills the manager of a remote team can possess.

Do you run meetings or lead them?

11 May 2020

Why do some online meetings get the job done, while others don't? The difference is that successful meetings need to be led - and there is a huge difference between running a meeting and leading one.

Five ways to derail your remote meeting

06 May 2020

One reason video conferences and webmeetings often feel like a bit of a train wreck is because they tend to get off to a bad start. Here are the main things that derail virtual meetings and how you can avoid them.

Five reasons remote teams fail

20 Apr 2020

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

Key skills for virtual leaders

26 Mar 2020

Suddenly finding yourself sitting at home leading a virtual team is a tough call, particularly with everything else that's going on in the world. So here are seven key behaviors that will make the task of virtual working much easier.