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Tips for Demonstrating EI in the Remote World of Work

People who have worked globally have long understood the dynamics of working in a remote capacity. They have had the opportunity to practice over time and perfect techniques that have made them effective in working this way. We should remember that becoming proficient at something takes dedicated effort, practice, feedback, commitment, and mindfulness. All of us can raise our EI when working remotely if we take an inventory of our skills and then isolate areas for improvement. It isn’t difficult work but rather disciplined work. What will you do today to improve YOUR emotional intelligence?

Steps to Improve Psychological Safety in a Virtual Team

Psychological safety has been a popular concept in the business press lately, particularly after the Google internal study of teams highlighted this as a key characteristic of high-performance teams. Many managers ask – how do we foster psychological safety, particularly in a virtual team? Fortunately, I interviewed a team in which psychological safety improved during the pandemic!

The Post-pandemic Hybrid Office

On March 11, 2020, The World Health organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. This caused businesses around the world to suddenly move into the virtual office having employees work from home (WFH). It was soon discovered that many companies lacked a continuance plan to keep their business fully operational should they not be able to go back to the office.

To Go Hybrid or Not? The Human Nature Behind the Question

I’m not a psychologist, though I do moonlight as an armchair therapist. My bookshelf is stocked with psychology textbooks, my conversations littered with references to Carl Jung. I toyed with the idea of returning to school to get a PhD in psychology, but instead, landed on writing about the future of work and organizational design—with a side of psychoanalyzing.

The Big Picture: Trust is the New Employee Experience + 3 Tips to Get Started

Over the past few years, the employee engagement market has slowly but steadily shifted towards the Employee Experience. Companies now understand the importance of winning the talent war as their best competitive advantage. The best experience for employees keeps them engaged, productive, and dedicated to their customers’ satisfaction.

Personality and Leadership

Psalm 8 asks, "What is man, that thou art mindful of him?" The scientist answers, "Man is a product of internal and external forces." Each person is the result of interaction between biological heritage and cultural history. The kind of person you are and what you do depend on both raw material (heredity) and what you do with this raw material (how it is shaped and grown).

An HR Leaders Guide for an “Annus Mirabilis” (Remarkable Year) in a Virtual Workforce

For many leaders, the COVID-19 crisis presented a level of adversity that redefined best practices in traditional, face-to-face HR workforce environments. The rise of the global pandemic happened so fast that many HR leaders were forced to make decisions without the ability to accurately predict the magnitude of the consequences that would follow.

Leadership and Management of Virtual Teams

Preparedness to lead and manage remotely has a positive impact on overall business outcomes like revenue, productivity, and profitability. To be adequately prepared to lead virtual teams, managers need to develop seven core competency areas: team culture, communication management, performance management, conflict management, vision, change management, and learning and development.

Words of Wisdom for Managing Virtual Teams

The Center for the Advancement of Virtual Organizations (CAVO) in the School of Business welcomed Catherine Mattiske as its first Visiting Virtual Expert in 2021.  A leading expert on virtual teams, Catherine is the founder and CEO of TPC, a thought-leader for corporate learning and development, and inventor of the globally acclaimed learning design system, ID9 Intelligent Design.

What the heck is a Cyber Farmer, and how do you sow cyber seeds?

By Max Justice. A Cyber Farmer is a cyber Practioner who promotes the growth of a healthy cyberDNA ecosystem.  #cyberDNA is not a vaccine or wonder drug.  #cyberDNA is an evocative human-centric, human-centered, designed security system crafted...

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