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Six Ways to Lose Your Virtual Team

In the world of sports, we sometimes hear commentators say that a coach has “lost the locker room” or “lost the team.” Those observations may come after the team underperforms during a losing streak, or, more often, when a coach is fired. The reasons this happens vary among individual teams and coaches, and we rarely… Continue reading Six Ways to Lose Your Virtual Team

Five Tips to Making Virtual Meetings Awesome

Conducting virtual meetings is not like the “good old days” when everyone was in the same room together. For example, in a face-to-face setting, when someone dominated the discussion, the facilitator would not go over to that person and say, “John, you’re talking too much.” Instead, she might simply move closer to the person. Sometimes… Continue reading Five Tips to Making Virtual Meetings Awesome

Using Virtual Platforms to Spur Creativity

Recently I read a book that explores the premise that software developers are creative by nature. This may surprise those of us who are not coders. Many look at software developers as being super-analytical technicians. Despite that misconception, developers are quite creative and innovative problem solvers.  “Developers are more of a special breed than those… Continue reading Using Virtual Platforms to Spur Creativity

Tapping Into the Power of Teams

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision: the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” — Andrew Carnegie Savvy leaders understand that our organizations achieve better results when we work together in a collaborative manner. The power of teams… Continue reading Tapping Into the Power of Teams

Engaging Students Virtually

As we watch kids participating in distance learning at school over the last several months, it seems most of the content is delivered through lectures. Some classes may have always been conducted that way in classrooms before COVID-19 closed schools, but it seems we have lost some capacity to engage students. Regardless, the modalities used… Continue reading Engaging Students Virtually

Leveraging the Power of Visualization

How often are you talking with somebody and realize you need to express your ideas visually? You may feel the urge to stand up at a whiteboard where you can draw an image or a diagram to help get your point across. Sometimes those spontaneous images provide the communication breakthrough we need to reach a… Continue reading Leveraging the Power of Visualization

Why Use Digital Workspaces Once We Can Work Together?

The unexpected rash of business shutdowns and work-from-home arrangements sparked by the COVID-19 crisis exposed the need for virtual collaboration technologies in a dramatic way. Unable to return to our cubicles, most of us saw in-person meetings and sales calls replaced by Zoom meetings, text messages, team chats on Slack and Microsoft Teams, and good… Continue reading Why Use Digital Workspaces Once We Can Work Together?

A Surprising Antidote For Zoom Fatigue

One of the more common symptoms arising from the “new normal” of remote work is Zoom fatigue: the exhaustion, burnout, and stress that accompany spending too much time on virtual communication platforms. Despite its name, this is not simply fatigue caused by the Zoom Video Communication platform. Streaming video calls on Skype, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams,… Continue reading A Surprising Antidote For Zoom Fatigue

Be Virtual but Feel Like You Are Working Face to Face

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The COVID-19 pandemic immediately thrust us into virtual ways of working as businesses closed and employees worked remotely. In recent months, we have become accustomed to interacting through streaming video platforms such as Zoom, WebEx, and Microsoft Teams. While these digital collaboration platforms allow us to communicate remotely, video platforms alone do not replicate the… Continue reading Be Virtual but Feel Like You Are Working Face to Face