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Tip #840: Meeting a Virtual Challenge

On September 21, 2020, Posted by , In curriculum design,management and leadership, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #840: Meeting a Virtual Challenge

Life is about accepting the challenges along the way, choosing to keep moving forward, and savoring the journey.” Roy T. Bennett

I had an interesting challenge this past week. A client wanted me to develop a 15-minute virtual training program on a leadership topic of my choice. The challenging part was that I had to use Skype for Business, which was entirely new to me.

First, if you’re on a Mac, avoid Skype for Business. It is possible, by making changes to your terminal, to get onto the program. However, the legends are miniscule (the font is possibly 2 or 3 point!!) and can’t be increased to meet the needs of the human eye. I had to borrow my … Read the rest

Tip #839: Virtual Meeting Rules

On September 14, 2020, Posted by , In management and leadership, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #839: Virtual Meeting Rules

“Most people doubt online meetings can work but they somehow overlook that most in person meetings don’t work either.”  Scott Berkum

We’re used to having meeting rules of engagement. We know how important they are to ensure effective and comfortable meetings. Recognizing the need for virtual meeting rules of engagement, Seth Godin has published what he calls Toward a Zoom Agreement that easily applies to any virtual meeting platform.

Here it is in its entirety:

Toward a Zoom agreement

“If you promise not to check your email while we’re talking, we promise to not waste your time.

If you agree to look me in the eye and try to absorb the gist of what I’m saying, I agree to be … Read the rest

Tip #825: My First Foray into Virtual Learning

On June 1, 2020, Posted by , In learning,management and leadership, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #825: My First Foray into Virtual Learning

“The first time you do a thing is always exciting.” Agatha Christie

Deborah Laurel and Peter Korynski, the founders of The Peer Learning Institute, are pleased to announce that they are offering a virtual program through UW-Platteville Corporate Learning this summer. The 6-session program is titled Peer Learning: How to Boost Management Effectiveness. It begins on June 17. Please come join us to learn how to use peer learning groups for your management development. You can learn more about the course at https://bit.ly/3cTgrbL  #managementdevelopment #peerlearning #leadershipdevelopment #management

May your learning be sweet-and safe.

Deborah… Read the rest

Tip #823: For Sanity’s Sake, Adopt A Paradox Mindset

On May 18, 2020, Posted by , In management and leadership, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #823: For Sanity’s Sake, Adopt A Paradox Mindset

“A paradox mindset shifts the focus from the need to choose between work and family, to instead learn how to constantly balance these demands over time.” Ella Miron-Spektor and Wendy Smith

It is true that working from home while surrounded by family and pets creates all sorts of difficulties and challenges. But it is also true that we make it more difficult because of how we think about the situation.

In their article, “Overwhelmed? Adopt a Paradox Mindset,” Ella Miron-Spektor and Wendy Smith suggest that it is much wiser to adopt a ”both/and” approach instead of an “either/or” one.

A paradox mindset recognizes that there are competing demands on our time and that we can’t entirely eliminate them. … Read the rest

Tip #818: Leading Infection Response with Liberating Structures

On April 13, 2020, Posted by , In management and leadership, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #818: Leading Infection Response with Liberating Structures

“You cannot cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” R. Tagore

I recently became aware of group facilitation and problem solving techniques called Liberating Structures, some of which have been helpful in responding to this pandemic.

The website (www.liberatingstructures.com) provides the following description:

Liberating Structures introduce tiny shifts in the way we meet, plan, decide and relate to one another. They put the innovative and facilitative power once reserved for experts only in hands of everyone. Thirty-three adaptable microstructures make it quick and simple for groups of people of any size to radically change how they interact and work together. LS can replace or complement the big five conventional approaches that people use all Read the rest

Tip #805: How to Build Trust at Work

On January 13, 2020, Posted by , In management and leadership, By , With Comments Off on Tip #805: How to Build Trust at Work

“In the end, you have to choose whether or not to trust someone.” Sophie Kinsella

There are twelve practical ways to build trust at work, according to Hannah Price. She begins by distinguishing between two basic types of trust: practical (which is earned by being competent and reliable) and emotional (which is when people feel they can be themselves with others).

Price then provides a trust equation: T= (C+R+I)/SO, where:

T= Trust (the willingness or ability to rely on others)

C= Perception of Credibility (trusting what someone says)

R= Perception of Reliability (trusting what someone does)

I=  Intimacy (trusting someone with something)

SO= Perception of Self Orientation (whether the person’s focus is on herself or others)

Each element is … Read the rest