Global, Virtual and Remote World

5 strategies for successful collaboration in global organisations

February 3, 2017

Companies and organizations have become increasingly complex and globally dispersed. Multiple locations, business units and functions have to work together. There are a number of advantages for global cooperation and collaboration across these boundaries: Customers, alliance partners, etc. also cooperate across boundaries: If one does not understand the connections here, one is quickly left behind. […]

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Is there a global leadership style?

November 2, 2016

Many would say: No, no way! The world is so different. There are the direct Dutch, the diplomatic Canadians, and many more diverse styles. On top, there is even in one country not THE one universally accepted leadership style: Often there is from autocratic leadership to situational leadership to participatory leadership everything present in a lot […]

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6 metrics for remote teams and virtual leaders

June 20, 2016

Virtual and remote teams are everywhere. Globalised work has become the norm and work-form-home policies have been introduced in a multitude of organisations. Many individuals are enthusiastic about virtual teams: one brings together the people with the best expertise and collaborate across the globe. But times can be less enthusiastic, too, for instance when you leave that phone […]

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What is your Human Intelligence Task Ratio?

January 15, 2016

Some time ago I went to a local sandwich shop. I frequently order just simple bread with vegetables. So I did the same thing on that day: “Just a bread roll with salad please.” The answer: “This is not possible.” Me: “Why?” The answer: “There is no number for that.” Me: “But I can see […]

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How to be successful in a remote role: Mastering the virtual world

September 29, 2015

A remote role: These words often elicit mixed feelings in employees and especially in young high-potential managers. On the one hand, people like the possibility of taking on a global role without having to move and they appreciate the work-life balance benefits of working more often from home. On the other hand, there are challenges […]

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Face time tactics

February 19, 2014

Here a link to a short post by the MIT Sloan blog on the tactics that remote and virtual workers use to overcome the lack of ‘face time’. This is still quite a significant management challenge: Until the remote managers and organizations in total learn to create a results-only work place employees will continue to […]

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Digital Storytelling: a teambuilding idea for virtual teams

February 5, 2014

Virtual teams become more and more the norm in the global business world. However, one field that is in my experience not so developed yet is the idea that virtual teams can also conduct virtual team building activities without being together face-to-face. One great such activity is digital storytelling: The way I have implemented it […]

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A Conference Call in Real Life

January 31, 2014

Great video that highlights the “joy” of conference calls.

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The challenge with video conference

November 8, 2013

What this funny 30 second ad by FedEx that explores the virtual interaction by a boss and his team members. But how do we best manage a virtual team? What are the strategies that go beyond command & control. I have written about it here and you can find some book recommendations here. What are […]

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Monday Morning Brief, November 4th, 2013

November 4, 2013
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Quote of the week: “”You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” Henry Ford Top recommended articles: Find “10 online apps for better focus” in this Lifehack article. “Reinvention never stops” – The ultimate cheat sheet for re-inventing yourself by the great James Altucher. These were the top-viewed articles from what […]

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Conference Call Humor

October 23, 2013

David Grady in a fantastic 5′ speech about the joys of global work. Everybody who has ever attended a global conference call will probably recognize this 🙂 Have you had similar experiences?

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Monday Morning Brief – September 23, 2013

September 23, 2013
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Quote of the week: “It is not what you say you believe that is important, but what you model, encourage, reward, and let happen.” Patricia Fripp – Author, Speaker Top recommended articles: This is a summary of the best articels that I came across over the past week: The “Montessori approach” to management (at eg […]

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6 ideas to make “work from home” work

August 21, 2013
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Have you ever worked from home? If you are like the typical corporate employee then chances are high that you have heard some comments from your colleagues such as, “Have fun during your day off!” Or that comment from your manager: “Ah, tomorrow you “work” from home.” Some people still have an idea that work […]

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How the world has changed

March 19, 2013

If you want to get a glimpse at just how much the world has changed in the past 8 years and how technology is affecting our day-to-day life, check our this incredible photo comparison by NBC news on St. Peter’s square 2008 and 2013 (hint: it’s about the rise of the smart phone & tablet). […]

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Technology in Virtual Teams – Simple or Not?

October 11, 2012

There is a debate going on whether technology in remote teams should be kept as simple as possible (to avoid technology challenges) or be more advanced. See my view here in a post on MakeVirtualWork. Hint: I think we should be using some advanced but relatively simple tools as e.g. whiteboarding etc. to fully harness […]

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Are remote workers more engaged?

September 3, 2012

Here a link to an HBR blog post on the question if remote workers are more engaged. The author Scott Edinger shares one client’s experience that they are more engaged and shares his thoughts why that might be, including e.g. that leaders of virtual teams make better use of technology tools. I fully agree that […]

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Exciting start-up technologies for professionals and remote teams

June 12, 2012

I recently visited the ‘Next Web’ conference that took place in Amsterdam. Overall it was a great conference and I recommend it for anybody who wants to learn what will be hot and ‘next’ in terms of startups. One speech that I can recommend was given by Gabe Zicherman on Gamification. Gamification is the concept […]

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3 Tips for Virtual Team Leaders

May 4, 2012

Have you ever led a virtual team? Are you working in or with a virtual team? Then you know that at times, the passion, engagement and patience of virtual team members are being challenged by the circumstances of virtual teams: Team members may have never seen each other face to face Often team members have […]

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3 things corporate leaders can learn from PechaKucha

April 25, 2012

Do you want to spice up your presentations? Have you wondered how you can get more out of your meetings? Consider exploring the PechaKucha presentation format. PechaKucha events are being held world wide in front of thousands of people. What is PechaKucha? In a nutshell, it is a speaking format where you are allowed to […]

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