The Art Of Hosting Great Online Meetings

“This is a real art form!” exclaimed a Remote Meetings Masterclass participant the other night. I reckon he was spot on. Hosting great remote meetings is certainly an art, not a science.  There’s science involved, of course. There’s all that communications technology. But beyond a certain basic level, it’s not the technology that really matters.  …

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How To Build Psychological Safety In Distributed Teams

Psychological safety is a vitally important ingredient for high-performing teams, whether they’re co-located or distributed around the world. And it may be an especially important piece for distributed teams. In a psychologically safe situation, everyone feels safe to take interpersonal risks, voice their opinions, admit mistakes and ask questions. Nobody will be punished for admitting …

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How Could Metaphorum 2019 Be More Of An Online Unconference?

One of the things I love to do, and find myself doing more and more of professionally, is organising highly-participative online events. Most of these bring together up to around 50 people for a short event around a theme, mixing networking and learning for 90 minutes or so. But for each of the last three …

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Three Ways To Build Trust In Your Distributed Team

Trust is essential for creative, collaborative work. Creative, collaborative teams need to be able to disagree… without everything falling apart.  They need the magic of creative abrasion to build on, and polish, each other’s ideas, moving away from “ruinous empathy” and towards clear decisions on which options deserve to be tested, and which to test …

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Some Of My Favourite Quotes

These are some of the quotes that I keep on quoting as I teach Clean Language, Collaborative Dialogue, Collaborative Influence and remote working skills. What other communication and listening quotes should I remember? Please comment below.