How to Lead a Virtual Team: Tips & Strategies for Working Remotely
It’s hard enough to lead your people when you see them on a daily or weekly basis. Leading teams in a virtual environment is qualitatively different, creating both opportunities and challenges. In this webinar, participants will learn more about the psychological differences between working in a co-located space vs. working in a virtual environment, e.g., “psychological gaps”: created when teams work virtually. We’ll discuss ways to address common issues such as isolation, trust, ambiguity and overwhelm, and learn strategies for bridging these psychological gaps. Key takeaways include specific tips and best practices in the areas of communication, technology, team-building and leadership.
Leading Your Team Through Crisis: What Your Employees Need from You
In times of uncertainty, humans need to feel secure. Based on a landmark study of “what followers need”, Gallup research tells us that we look to our leaders to have four core needs met: Stability, Compassion Trust, and Hope. It is critical that people leaders know how to shift from meeting employees’ “business as usual” needs during times of crisis and lean in to what employees need right now. This webinar will help leaders define the four needs of followers, learn why these needs are important and how to take simple actions to provide these for your team. Practical tips and best practices will empower participants to bring greater stability, trust, compassion and hope to employees, increasing confidence to apply new insight immediately.
Strengths-Based Leadership: Leveraging Talent to Drive Performance
Research demonstrates that individuals who are working to their strengths are six times as likely to be successful in their roles and three times as likely to say they have a high quality of life in general. But in a conventional world that leans toward fixing weaknesses, how do you build upon what you already do best? This webinar will reveal the science of Strengths and provide you with high-level clues to help you begin to uncover, articulate, and leverage your natural areas of talent in order to maximize performance. Participants will gain a basic understanding of Strengths-based development and insight into what great leaders do differently to drive their teams to excellence. Learn how to focus on what you do best in order to maximize personal effectiveness, both for yourself as a leader and for the people you lead.
Maximizing Well-Being at Work:
Contrary to what many people believe, well-being isn’t just about being happy; there is a growing body of research identifying five key elements that help us to THRIVE, at work and at home. This workshop will explore the fascinating research behind these five well-being elements: Career (our professional or life purpose), Social (the quality of our relationships) Financial, Physical, and Community. Most importantly, we’ll help you understand how these five elements interact, and identify some specific steps you can take to maximize these elements in all aspects of your life.
Managing Fear and Anxiety Related to COVID-19 (Appropriate for all-hands meetings)
This 45-minute webinar is designed for all employees, and looks at some of the common emotional and cognitive struggles, fears, and reactions to the COVID crisis, and provides ideas for coping with recent stay at home orders, and for many, adjusting to the demands of working from home for the first time. Topics include:
- Understanding our reactions as they related to loss of certainty, loss of control and loss of connectedness with others.
- Understanding our “threat response” and its impact in the workplace.
- The potential impact of the current crisis on job performance and cognitive/emotional functioning.
- Coping strategies, including adjusting expectations to meet the new and evolving demands of family, society, and the workplace.
- Ideas for maintaining team connectedness and productivity.
Managing Others Effectively and Compassionately During COVID-19
This 45-minute webinar is designed for managers, supervisors, and other organizational leaders to examine specific challenges to managing teams while working remotely. Using an established organizational change model, this program provides context for how various employees and managers may be adjusting to working remotely and provides practical ideas for maintaining group productivity and cohesion while working from home. Topics include:
- Stages of Change/Adjusting to Work from Home: Alarm, Acclimate, Accept and Activate©.
- The importance of self-care, empathy and flexibility in managing others during this challenging time.
- Communication with your team.
- Using group goal setting, structure and regular meetings to stay on track.
- Ideas for virtual team building.
- Transitioning back to the office environment.
Writing for the Public
Writing for the Public is a 90-minute webinar introducing participants to the principles of modern, plain language for their on-the-job writing. The training provides tips to ensure emails, letters, memos, and web pages can be understood easily by the reader. Participants will focus on writing with accuracy, conciseness, inclusivity, and emphasis.
At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to
- Change their document’s reading level based on their reader’s needs
- Craft sentences that are clear and concise
- Write using inclusive language and an effective voice.
Put Yourself in Your Reader’s Shoes
- Understand the Needs of Your Audience
- Match Your Document’s Reading Level to Your Reader’s
Use Short, Simple, and Familiar Words
- Avoid “Impressing” Your Reader With Vocabulary
- Select the Correct Word for Accuracy
- Define Technical and Legal Terms
- Concrete vs. Abstract Language
- Strong vs. Weak Verbs
Limit Sentence Length
- Eliminate Meaningless Words
- Avoid Redundant Words or Phrases
Include All Members of the Public
- Develop for the “Eye” of the Reader
- Write Consciously Using Inclusive Language
Consider Your Voice
- Using Active vs. Passive Voice
- Enhancing Tone of Voice