How to Be a More Effective Virtual Team Leader

How to Be a More Effective Virtual Team Leader

This On-Demand event was originally presented on February 15, 2012 (60 min)


Virtual teams are no longer the “wave of the future.” They are here now and they are growing in use. The 2010 federal Telework Enhancement Act mandates federal agencies to create telework policies under which eligible employees can telework. And public and private organizations of all sizes are rapidly developing and adapting their own methods of teleworking.

This includes allowing employees to work at home on designated days each week or month or eliminating the office entirely and having team members permanently located in different offices and home offices across a wide range of areas and even countries.

As with any significant change, we often focus first on the disadvantages of remote work. One of the objectives of this program is to give you the opportunity to focus on the advantages and to consider different ways to reduce problems in leading virtual teams.

Attendees will learn

  • How to use the tools and information shown during the webinar as training aids for work colleagues or team members who can benefit from knowing the essentials of effective virtual team leadership and membership.
  • How to assess their team’s strengths and opportunities and develop a plan for addressing them in a virtual team environment.
  • How to make the business case for virtual teams by illustrating how their advantages outweigh their challenges.
  • How to improve communication skills in a virtual environment.
  • How to share good practices for reducing virtual team member social distance from the team.
  • How to distinguish between managing by results and managing by activities and focusing more consistently on results.

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Geoffrey W. Nichols has a wide and deep background to draw from in helping his training and coaching clients. With a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Safety Engineering and decades of managing people and processes. In his approach to management, training, and coaching, he emphasizes the need to use situational leadership and the ability to flex to work colleagues’ and team members’ communication needs in order to be more successful in any job.

Business training has been Geoff’s passion for nearly all of his career. After 20 years of executive experience in Human Resources, training, and operations management, he founded his own training and consulting business and has conducted over 1,200 public and private workshops. He has trained more than 30,000 people in a wide range of management and leadership topics. He has written over 600 customized training programs for hundreds of clients- from large and small businesses to federal and state government agencies to healthcare and non-profit organizations.

Geoff has also written a book titled, Taking the Step Up to Supervision and numerous articles in national publications on supervision and management. He has trained throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.K., and China.



Training Tools for Developing Great People Skills

This event is sponsored by HRDQ. For 45 years HRDQ has provided research-based, off-the-shelf soft-skills training resources for classroom, virtual, and online training. From assessments and workshops to experiential hands-on games, HRDQ helps organizations improve performance, increase job satisfaction, and more.

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