Leading a Remote Workforce (Part IV)

In one sense, leadership is the same in all scenarios. It’s about the heart more than the head. As one former boss and mentor of mine said, “It’s about winning and keeping people’s hearts.” Because that’s true, leading a remote workforce or a hybrid workforce is, on the one hand, doing the same things good…

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Leading a Remote Workforce (Part III)

The reason that I’m spending so much time convincing you that the hybrid workforce is here to stay is that until we embrace that fact we’ll likely put minimal energy into adjusting our leadership skills, practices, and concepts. It’s a new world. Consider this. I read a lot about companies and employers planning a wholesale…

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Questions for Remote Leadership

Even when the pandemic has passed, the new shape of work will remain. Companies and teams will operate in three ways—fully in person (rare), fully remote (increasingly common), and a hybrid of the two (which we expect to be the dominant form of the future). In a recent course offering, Leading a Remote Workforce (coming…

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Leading a Remote Workforce: Reinforcing Celebration

Hint: this cannot be overdone! In every period of time, human beings love celebration and recognition. In a time like this and in a remote workforce setting, it matters more than ever. What do you celebrate? Winning, of course. When we win a new account or successfully complete a big project, there should be celebration.…

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Remote Leadership (9): Building Community

According to Sirota research, one of the three most impactful dimensions of employee engagement is a “sense of camaraderie” at work. In other words, people feel like they belong to something, to a company, to a team, to a family. This is extremely difficult in remote leadership. Mazlow’s famous pyramid deals with the needs that…

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Leading a Remote Workforce (Part 7): Leadership Credibility

There are three questions that followers ask of their leaders…constantly and now more than ever. Does this person know what they are doing? COMPETENCE Does this person care about me as a person? CARE Can I trust this person? CONFIDENCE Employees may give you a pass on the first question. Not without pain but they…

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