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How to Manage a Long-Distance (Team) Relationship

The virtual office isn’t a place; it’s a state of mind.

Our Organizational Effectiveness and Learning & Development team sits in three different locations in three different time zones. So, how do we work together successfully? How do we share ideas across oceans? And how do we form the same bond that face-to-face teams value so much?

We work hard at it.

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Make Sense of Consensus

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

As someone who coaches leaders and teams, I find that, for many, consensus is a misunderstood concept. Most people believe consensus is achieved when everyone on the team is satisfied with the outcome or decision. Actually, that isn’t the case. Consensus does not mean, “I am happy and filled with delight.” It does not even mean, “I agree.” What it does mean is, “I have been heard and I will publicly support this decision.”

In other words, each team member can report that they have been heard and have acknowledged that, as a collective, a general agreement has been reached. The good news is that it’s easier to accomplish general agreement than everyone being happy with the ultimate decision.

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Show Some Colleagues Love this Valentine’s Day

It is astonishing how little one feels alone when one loves. ~John Bulwer

Valentine’s Day is traditionally associated with romantic love—retailers have stocked storefronts with love-themed cards and heart-shaped chocolates for those looking to show affection for their beloved (or to elicit eye-rolling from those who disdain the holiday). I’m a sucker for tradition and ritual, and often use holidays and milestones to pause and consider how to use the moment in the professional sphere.

This Valentine season, consider showing some love to your colleagues.

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