Remote Teams and Global Working

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People Bingo

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One of my favourite icebreakers that I have used for people to get to know each other better, especially in new organisations, is People Bingo. There are different versions of the game, but the one that I think works best is when the people involved are (confidentially) asked by the facilitator to provide an interesting fact about themselves. These are …

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Big meeting on-time communications

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Quite often I’ve been part of global leadership teams, who come together for a face-to-face meeting somewhere in the world for maybe two long days and then all dash off to catch planes or go to other meetings at the end of the planned agenda. Nevertheless as a team, you would like everyone to feedback to their locations or their …

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The Ladder of Inference

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One of my favourite tools for promoting productive conversations in teams is the Ladder of Inference. I first came across it more than twenty years ago when we were trying to change our ways of working in a huge global reorganisation and transformation. The phrase was coined and the concept developed by the great Chris Argyris. It explains why we …

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Your individual leadership brand, and the brand of your team

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Recently with a new client in Russia I’ve found myself in executive coaching sessions talking about brand. And previously in Kazakhstan, we built the concept of brand into the new senior leadership development course we introduced. Brand is a concept I embraced many years ago when I had my first ‘remote’ global leadership team reporting to me. I wanted people …

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When is a team a team and when is it a group?

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Two recent events have reminded me about work I did almost twenty years ago about the differences between teams and groups (and even bigger ‘teams’ like communities and networks). I was coaching a young lady recently promoted to manager in one of my new clients in Russia, who wanted help in her new leadership role, with her small direct team …

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Some daily routines that help 21 Executives (and me) succeed

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I do not normally read lists in HR, management or leadership blogs. Which is ironic given that some of my blogs here appear to contain lists. However one caught my eye recently and I ended up reading it. It was ’21 executives share the daily routines that help them succeed’ by Christina Desmarais, and if I am honest, I started …

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Chartering Teams

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I have been reminded recently in my current company, about the problems there can sometimes be setting up teams to work on small projects. Or rather not the setting up, but in ensuring they deliver what they were supposed to do and on time. Here they were started for all the right reasons. Volunteers to work on a number of …

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Global ‘versus’ Local

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For the last couple of months I have been working for Allianz Global Investors in Frankfurt and Munich helping with their talent management processes. I’ve been made very welcome and enjoyed it there. One of the aspects of HR management of which I have been reminded in this project, is the tension there can be between global HR and regional/local …

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Remote coaching

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Many many years ago, when remote teams, with team members and subordinates spread out in different locations and even different countries and time zones, was a new phenomenon, I followed a week’s course in Brussels run by Global Integration.  It made a huge impact on me and have used much of what I learned time and time again, sharing my …

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