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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Webinnexion: Disrupting The Webinar

Do you attend – or run – talk-over-slides webinars? They’ve been around for decades now. But I reckon we’re ready for a change. It’s time to disrupt the webinar! Of course, the talk-over-sides formula has its place. As a “participant”, you can listen with half an ear, while doing something else, and get the general …

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Facilitating Remotely: What I’ve Just Learned

The other night I spoke at an Agile coaches’ retreat in Ann Arbor, Michigan. But I didn’t have to travel 3,777 miles across the Atlantic – I connected via video conference. Does that make me a hypocrite? Regular readers of this blog, and students of my courses such as Remote Meetings Masterclass, will know I’m …

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Metaphorum: What’s The MetaPhormula?

A couple of weeks ago, 120+ people from at least 21 countries spent more than 12 hours online together in an immersive, interactive, online-video experience, Metaphorum 2019. It’s the fourth time I’ve staged one of these for the Clean Language community, and this was arguably the most successful so far – not least because the …

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The Basic Ingredients Of Effective Online Meetings

I’m loving my work at the moment! My calendar’s been packed with online training sessions with bunches of brilliant people – mainly coaches, facilitators and trainers. They join the first call apprehensive at the thought of a longish online session: the best that they hope for is boredom.  They finish the workshops delighted at the …

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Three Secret Ingredients For Restaurant-Quality Online Meetings

Engaging online meetings don’t happen by accident. They’re created.  It’s a bit like cooking. At a basic level, it’s about combining good-quality ingredients, in the right amounts, to create a decent dish – avoiding burnt, stodgy, tasteless or otherwise inedible offerings. But in the hands of an expert chef, extraordinary flights of flavour become possible. …

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