#1: How to Manage Remote Direct Reports (@HBR), and these simple rules are actually universal, which means they’re just as relevant with your local teams. What the Experts Say that one of the biggest misconceptions about managing remote workers is that it requires an entirely different skillset. “We have a tendency to overcompensate and approach remote workers and virtual teams as these mythical beasts. “But you shouldn’t think about them in a fundamentally different way. They are still people working in an organization to get stuff done. Treat them as such.” That said, managers must put in extra effort to cultivate a positive team dynamic and ensure remote workers feel connected to other colleagues.
It requires a proactive & purposeful approach, comprised of basic principles like effectively setting expectations, communication & team (mattering) environment.
#2: When You Give Your Team a Goal, Make It a Range (@HBR) because it creates an effective & powerful communication / expectation as it gives both a minimal expected achievement & a stretch goal that inspires.
#3: How Do You End a Meeting? Asks Two Simple Questions (@LinkedIn & @work_matters)
- Have we made any decisions in the room today?
- And (if we have) how are we going to communicate them?
The first lesson is that, even though everyone may be at the same meeting, they often have clashing perceptions and opinions about which decisions were made (or not made) during the gathering. If you lead a meeting, your job is to make sure that every decision made is crystal clear to everyone present before the meeting ends. The second lesson is that leaders must make sure that decisions made in meetings are communicated to, and ultimately implemented by, their organizations.
#4: 8 Characteristics of Successful People (@LinkedIn)
- When challenges occur they do not panic
- They look on a challenge as an opportunity to learn and grow
- They never give up when faced with a challenge
- They do things they are afraid to do by stepping out of their comfort zone
- Focus on the future rather than on the past
- Spend time visualising what they want and actually having what they want
- Do not attempt to take shortcuts to success
- Continually work on improving themselves
#5: HOW ONE SIMPLE CHANGE CAN MAKE YOU A BETTER LISTENER (@FastCompany), because this is the ONE trick that will immediately make you a better listener, and therefore bring more value to the next conversation you have. I’ve learned & applied this practice myself, and have taught it for many years, originally inspired by the book The Lost Art of Listening by Michael P. Nichols. The trick is to resist our natural instinct to think about your reaction to what has been said so far, and plan what you are going to say next, because there are several problems with this habit.
First, you haven’t given the other person a chance to fully say what they wanted to say completely. It’s possible that the last thing they say will change the tenor of their earlier remarks, and you’ll miss that if you are focused on your next turn. Second, and to me most important, by focusing on what you are going to say, you are paying the most attention to your own perspective on the conversation and disengaging from an effective listening / understanding mode. That can make it difficult to see things from another person’s point of view. By trying to understand the context in which someone else makes a remark, you can often get a deeper understanding of the issues they are facing.
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