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Slides to support an interactive bite-size training session on leading a team from a distance (remote management). the slide show is NOT the training, but it does give an indication of what is …

Slides to support an interactive bite-size training session on leading a team from a distance (remote management). the slide show is NOT the training, but it does give an indication of what is covered.


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  • 1. Lead from a Distance Http://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training Materials Lead from a Distance
  • 2. Lead from a Distance Http://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training MaterialsHttp://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training Materials 2014 By the end of the Power Hour you will be able to: • Identify the challenges that a distance leader must overcome. • Describe the qualities and competences of a good distance leader. • Discuss the tools available to you to help you to lead a remote team successfully
  • 3. Lead from a Distance Http://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training MaterialsHttp://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training Materials 2014 Challenges for Remote Leaders • Location • Isolation • Culture • Trust
  • 4. Lead from a Distance Http://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training MaterialsHttp://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training Materials 2014 Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda
  • 5. Lead from a Distance Http://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training MaterialsHttp://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training Materials 2014 What Great Leaders-from-a-distance Do Inspire the Team Be a Leader of Leaders Focus on results, not process Serve the team, not yourself Build a sense of identity Develop relationships Maintain a constant flow of information Coach people to achieve their potential Use technology wisely Build trust
  • 6. Lead from a Distance Http://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training MaterialsHttp://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training Materials 2014 The Skills of Remote Leadership Good Remote Leader Effective communication Build trust Developing team identity/ relationships Harnessing the different strengths of the team Monitoring performance and Celebrating success Using technology well
  • 7. Lead from a Distance Http://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training MaterialsHttp://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training Materials 2014 Effective Communication Some suggestions for good communication: • Hold regular team meetings • Send out ‘information’ emails to everyone in the team • Make time to meet everyone face-to-face • Use teleconference facilities and internet tools • Communicate equally with each team member • Find out communication preferences of each team member • Listen to team members and take on board their ideas • Take and circulate accurate minutes soon after meetings • Be explicit and specific – often you will be communicating on the phone, and people cannot ‘see’ that you are busy for example
  • 8. Lead from a Distance Http://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training MaterialsHttp://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training Materials 2014 Building Trust Some suggestions for building trust: • Be open and honest with people • Give your trust first – people strive to prove you right • Abide by your own rules • Be fair, and be seen to be fair. Treat everyone the same. • Do what you say you will do – keep your promises • Manage expectations • Be consistent in your approach • Be accessible and responsive • Maintain confidences
  • 9. Lead from a Distance Http://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training MaterialsHttp://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training Materials 2014 Develop Team Identity Some suggestions for building team identity: • Hold meetings • Rotate the ‘chair’ of meetings • Set up a ‘virtual’ meeting room • Allow ‘in-team’ language and jokes • Meet in different places • Organise social occasions • Arrange for team members to work in 2s or 3s on tasks • Reward team achievements above all else
  • 10. Lead from a Distance Http://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training MaterialsHttp://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training Materials 2014 Harness the Strengths of the Team Some suggestions for harnessing the strengths of the team: • Get to know each team member • Have regular 1-1s • Recognise strengths and develop them • Discover personal preferences • Encourage colleagues to highlight skills in each other • Look for opportunities to delegate • Ask for volunteers • Acknowledge that different people can support the team in different ways
  • 11. Lead from a Distance Http://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training MaterialsHttp://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training Materials 2014 Monitor Performance Some suggestions for monitoring performance: • Encourage people to set their own goals • Make sure that objectives are SMART • Collate factual information regularly and via systems where possible • Encourage feedback between team members • Talk to people about their performance – what has gone well/not so well • Ask people to assess their own performance • Use multiple sources of evidence • Use common language to allow people to talk openly about their performance with colleagues
  • 12. Lead from a Distance Http://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training MaterialsHttp://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training Materials 2014 Celebrate Success Some suggestions for celebrating success: • Give small prizes for specific achievements • Have a ‘team member of the month’ award • Give recognition/recommendation to higher authority • Offer first choice of interesting tasks/location of meeting/meal out • Personal mention in internal newsletters or on blogs/message boards • ‘Nominate a Colleague’ scheme for excellent work
  • 13. Lead from a Distance Http://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training MaterialsHttp://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training Materials 2014 Using Technology • Email • Telephone • Teleconferences/Skype/ Videoconferencing • Meetings • The Internet • Social Media
  • 14. Lead from a Distance Http://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training MaterialsHttp://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training Materials 2014 Make it Work at Work What are you going to DO as a result of this Power Hour Session?
  • 15. Lead from a Distance Http://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training MaterialsHttp://www.power-hour.co.uk – Bite Size Training Materials 2014 Thank You These slides have been produced as an optional resource to support an interactive Bite-Size Training session on this subject. A full set of materials, including detailed Session Leader’s Guide, Delegate Workbook and supporting activities can be purchased from our Training Shop Our Training materials are licence-free, but are for use by the purchaser an d their organisation only. They CANNOT be passed or sold on.