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PLD Meetup – “Leading High-Performing and Engaged Dispersed Teams”

Farwell’s Professional Leadership Development (PLD) Meetup for area project management leaders convened on Friday, April 7th, 2017, and featured a presentation from Rachel Breitbach, Organizational Change Consultant at Farwell. Rachel’s presentation focused on how organizations can lead high-performing and engaged dispersed teams.

50% of the US workforce holds a job that is compatible with at least partial remote work, and approximately 25% of the current US workforce works remotely at some frequency.

Key takeaways include:

  • Why do organizations launch distributed work programs?
    • Globalization and geographic diversification
    • Talent attraction and retention
    • Cost and expense reduction
    • Environmental impact reduction
    • Business continuity enhancement
    • Employee risk mitigation
    • Enhances company culture
  • Framework for successfully engaging and leading dispersed teams
    • Know yourself and your leadership tendencies
    • Prepare for dispersed team dynamics
    • Establish environment of trust and lead your dispersed team to excellence
  • Build a remote work community
    • Establish routines
    • Ensure connectivity
    • Maintain social benefits of co-location
    • Build relationships
    • Provide capability
  • Leading your dispersed team
    • Share vision / goals
    • Establish SMART performance objectives for each team member
    • Share communication exceptions
    • Set clear policies and guidelines
    • Create guidelines for issue resolution
    • Establish productivity ground rules
    • Setup a check-in policy
    • Ask about team member’s own expectations