Virtual Teams: Sharing our approach to leading a virtual team and surviving a pandemic – special podcast episode

So this month we are recording a special podcast episode, a reflective conversation about working from home, leading a virtual team… the ups and the downs… our best tips and tricks and also some of the highlights we have written about together over the past three years.

How we survived a pandemic: Part 6 – Wellbeing as a home-worker… where are you on the unicorns 🦄 and pumpkins 🎃 scale?

In this month’s post we reflect on wellbeing as homeworkers, particularly under the pressures and strains of current times. As part of this we look at ways individuals and teams can check-in on how they are doing using resources from the What Works Centre for Wellbeing and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England. We also discuss ways that we have used to find a better balance such as using the Digital Data Detox Kit and even removing ‘work’ from our phones.

How we survived a pandemic: Part 5 – Virtual team meeting ice breakers from the ALT Staff Team

This month’s post is a bit different from the usual, as we celebrate a team effort of inventing ice breakers for our weekly team meetings, which take place for an hour every Wednesday morning. We’ve got everything from “share your four-legged friends” to “lockdown recipe swap” to “pandemic playlist” to “humble brag” to “Pictionary Jam” and more.

How we survived a pandemic: Part 4 – Virtual pizza nights and other distributed team social activities

This is a conversational blog post (cross-posted here) between Martin Hawksey (@mhawksey) and Maren Deepwell (@marendeepwell). We are using this approach to create some space to think together in ‘unprecedented times’.  For regular readers this is a slight departure from our regular ‘Virtual Teams’ posts (you can read those on our Virtual Teams summary page) […]

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How we survived a pandemic: Part 3 – Ups and Downs (and sideways) of life as a virtual team

In this month’s post we share some thoughts prompted by our joint talk at a virtual team day held by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Oxford. You can access the slides from our talk here (CC-BY-SA). As we pass 100 days since the lockdown in the UK commenced we discuss the impact and look to the future as the measures start to be eased.

How we survived a pandemic: Part 2 – Music, spice and other things nice

This is a conversational blog post (cross-posted here) between Martin Hawksey (@mhawksey) and Maren Deepwell (@marendeepwell).  We are using this approach to create some space to think together in ‘unprecedented times’. It’s open leadership in practice and in pandemic times. For regular readers this is a slight departure from our regular ‘Virtual Teams’ posts (you […]

Meeting around a document by Visual Thinkery is licenced under CC-BY-ND

How we survived a pandemic: Part 1 – No kind of normal

We are using this approach to create some space to think together in ‘unprecedented times’. It’s open leadership in practice and in pandemic times. For regular readers this is a slight departure from our regular ‘Virtual Teams’ posts taking a broader view of work whilst midst global pandemic.

Photo by Farzad Nazifi on Unsplash

Virtual Teams: So you’ve just become a remote team leader … what next? Tips on adjusting

In this post I want to share some advice and ideas for all the team leaders and managers who have suddenly inherited a virtual team. This advice comes from over two years working with my boss, Association for Learning Technology (ALT) CEO Maren Deepwell, transitioning ALT from a ‘traditional’ office based organisation to one that is fully distributed.

Moving parts

Virtual Teams: Moving parts

Welcome to this month’s post (cross-posted here) in which we, that is Maren Deepwell (@marendeepwell) and Martin Hawksey (@mhawksey), openly share our approach to leading a virtual team. If this is your first time visiting this post series or you’d like to review previous posts go to our Virtual Teams summary page. This month we […]

Virtual Teams: The heartbeat of a virtual team

Welcome to this month’s post (cross-posted here) in which we, that is Martin Hawksey (@mhawksey) and Maren Deepwell (@marendeepwell), openly share our approach to leading a virtual team. If this is your first time visiting this post series or you’d like to review what we’ve posted in 2019 Maren has a Virtual Teams summary page. […]

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