LONG-DISTANCE WORKLIFE

Solutions for the Virtual Workplace

The Long-Distance Leadership Series

Designed specifically to address the unique challenges of long-distance and hybrid leaders


Today's workplace is changing and more and more leaders are working from home or other remote locations, and have teams spread across countries and time zones.

And let’s be honest – leadership of others is already hard enough when they are down the hall or on the shop floor. When you add in the challenges of them being virtual, it gets harder – and more stressful.

  • How do we communicate successfully?
  • How can we make meetings, that are already painful in person, work using technology? (and avoiding the conference call from he#%)
  • How do we build the relationships and trust with the team – and help them do that between each other?
  • How do we present ideas, change and more at a distance?
  • How do we coach and give feedback successfully?
  • How do we deal with the unknowns? After all, we can’t see what they are doing, how they are doing it and if they are ever working?

With the Right Skills, You Can Harness the Power of Your Virtual/Hybrid Team

From communication...to performance management...to motivation...and more, as a long-distance leader, you’ve got to be prepared to stay connected, handle meetings and schedules and provide the support your staff expects and needs.

This isn’t just a leadership problem (some organizations are selling virtual leadership training that is really just their normal training with the word “virtual” attached). And it isn’t just a technology and tools challenge (though knowing how to use the tools can facilitate your success). The Long-Distance Leadership Series brings together experts in both of these areas to help you get the results you want.

Long-Distance Leadership is Different and So is This Series

Based on over 30 years of helping leaders and managers lead more successfully, the Long-Distance Leadership Series is a highly interactive and engaging small group experience, delivered virtually just like you lead so that you get the experience, exposure and access to us that you need to be successful. It is 6 online sessions targeted for the skills a long-distance leader needs, including building a virtual team, leading virtual meetings, presenting effectively over the web, coaching from a distance and much more. You can expect to have direct interaction and feedback with both the instructor and other attendees – ensuring that all your questions are answered and that you make the most of your investment.

Since we specifically limit class size to allow for maximum interaction and learning (you will be one of only ten people participating in the group) you will want to reserve your seat today – and you can do that by clicking on the button below to register.

You’ll learn core leadership skills for the way we really work today including:

  • How to recognize and avoid the pitfalls of remote-based teams
  • Communication techniques to get and stay connected with employees
  • What builds trust in any team and how to accomplish that remotely
  • What makes coaching and giving feedback different from a distance – and how you can do both more effectively no matter where you are!
  • The do’s and don’ts of virtual meetings and how to make the most of them

If you are a leader with people (even if it's just one person!) spread across multiple locations and/or time zones, the skills you will learn in this series will change your leadership life.

During The Series, we'll cover:

SESSION #1: How Leaders Create and Manage Remote and Hybrid Teams

Whether you are just starting a remote project team or leading an ongoing group from a distance, this session takes traditional team development ideas and expands them and makes them relevant (and practical) for a group working virtually.

At the end of this session, participants will:

  • Understand and share the challenges and possibilities of remote teams
  • Assess their current teams in the areas of task completion, working relationships and communication
  • Learn what builds trust in any team, and how to accomplish that in a remote environment
  • Discover tools and techniques for creating great working relationships using your company’s technology
  • Develop an action plan for strengthening relationships and trust in your remote team
  • The session includes a pre-class assessment of their current team health in three areas, copies of the course visuals and a PDF, re-printable packet of planning tools they can use for future presentations.

SESSION #2: Maximizing Your Productivity on Remote and Hybrid Teams

Every leader we talk with, coach, or train tells us the same thing. They all have lots to do – more than they did six months or a year ago, with no end in sight.

The reality is that we are busy. We have full plates. We are balancing home and work life. We have incredible demands on us every day, and everyone expects their project to be done NOW! We don't want to disappoint anyone—but something has to give.

And as a remote employee, while there are many benefits, there are also additional challenges that can sabotage your productivity ...

Without the traditional office environment, it can be difficult to separate and balance where work ends and home begins. Creating the right work environment at home can be difficult, particularly if you don't have a designated office space. And without the benefit of in-person "check-ins" or regular conversations throughout the day, projects and tasks often have unclear expectations.

In this session, we'll help you to get control of your day life and career. We start by identifying the unique challenges that confront remote workers, and robs them of both their productivity and time. You'll learn the importance of clarifying your role, your work and your goals and also how to make sure you and your organization are in sync right from the start.

During this session, participants will learn:

  • General challenges of working remotely
  • Specific challenges of working at home
  • How to create a remote (home) working environment that is built for success
  • The "4 Productivity Pivots" that can drastically improve your overall productivity
  • The danger of the "Activity Trap" and how to avoid it
  • Tips for eliminating distractions and improving your focus
  • How to manage your calendar so that you're working during your most productive times
  • The habits that are impacting your productivity and results
  • Action planning for future success and effectiveness

SESSION #3: Leading Effective Virtual Meetings

Over half a manager’s time is spent on meetings, and fewer than 20% of managers have received any coaching or training in the dynamics of effective online meeting leadership.

It’s no wonder than that 60% of those meetings are considered wasted time by both participants and meeting leaders!

In this session, we teach simple rules and best practices for leading meetings that get results. No matter the presentation platform, you’ll learn how to speed up adoption of the tool and gain a greater return on your technology investment.

At the end of this program, participants will:

  • Become familiar with the most common features of web presentation and meeting tools
  • Understand the challenges and possibilities of online meetings
  • Learn the best way to prepare both leaders and participants for an effective, collaborative meeting
  • Discover tools and techniques for increasing participation and interaction
  • Develop the facilitation skills needed to get great results from your virtual meetings

SESSION #4: Achieving Goals & Creating Accountability at a Distance

As a leader you know that helping your team member set goals - and then holding them accountable for those goals is part of your job. But more than that, it is critical to your success. Doing these things can be challenging in any setting, but when you are leading virtually, and not interacting or seeing your team members (and their work product) everyday, it is even more challenging. This session takes the principles of goal setting, supporting goal achievement and accountability and applies them to the unique challenges of doing it all at a distance.

At the end of this program, participants will:

  • Be able to apply 7 keys to effective goal setting - beyond SMART goals
  • Identify and apply both process and results goals
  • Create goal achievement synergy with a remote team
  • Create a goal achievement plan that can be achieved remotely
  • Identify at least five ways to support remote team members in reaching their goals
  • Be able to effectively create clear accountability over the phone or other technology
  • Use a valuable accountability model
  • Use remote tracking and follow-up processes

SESSION #5: Coaching and Feedback at a Distance

If you lead a team or have responsibility for a project with people dispersed geographically, the challenges of giving feedback are heightened significantly. Not only are communication opportunities reduced, but in many cases it is harder to observe the behaviors you are coaching on. This session takes the principles of effective coaching and feedback and applies them to the unique challenges of doing it at a distance.

Like all of the sessions, this is highly interactive allowing participants to not only learn the principles and skills but get their specific questions answered. Participants will leave with the workshop handouts and checklists and tools to help them succeed in their coaching opportunities.

At the end of this program, participants will:

  • Recognize the sources of feedback and how they impact successful delivery of feedback
  • Determine ways to gather information and data in order to provide useful feedback
  • Apply ten key feedback strategies in a remote or virtual situation
  • Be able to effectively engage people in a coaching conversation over the phone or other technology
  • Use a simple coaching model effectively
  • Use remote tracking and follow-up processes
  • Set clear performance and results expectations

SESSION #6: Wrap-up Session

The series concludes the way it begins – with you and both facilitators together to tie up the loose ends, solidify your knowledge, answer your questions and basically be your coach. You and your cohort of learners will have the chance to pick each other and your facilitators' brains, and they will share their latest thinking and lessons on all things related to leading remotely.

Registration investment & Group Discounts


Registration: $1,800
Group Discounts: Enroll 3 or more and save $100/registration. Call 317-759-3171 for details.

Your Registration Includes:

  • Access to all sessions, including course visuals, materials and pre-assessment evaluations
  • A copy of Kevin & Wayne's book, The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership
  • An electronic copy of Wayne's book, Meet Like You Mean It - A Leader's Guide to Painless and Productive Virtual Meetings

SATISFACTION GUARANTEE

And here's our guarantee. We believe our work isn't done until you are completely satisfied with the results you have received from our training. When you choose to learn with us, if, for any reason you aren't 100% delighted with the workshop, we will refund your entire registration fee. No questions asked. Guaranteed.

Upcoming Workshop Dates

The Long-Distance Leadership Series is broken down into six 2-hour sessions – one session per week for six weeks – and delivered live and on Zoom. The class size is capped at 10 participants to allow maximum interaction and learning.

* All times are in Eastern Time Zone

Long-Distance Leadership Series (Apr 4-May 9)

Apr 4, 2023: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Apr 11, 2023: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Apr 18, 2023: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Apr 25, 2023: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

May 2, 2023: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

May 9, 2023: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Long-Distance Leadership Series (Sep 12-Oct 17)

Sep 12, 2023: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Sep 19, 2023: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Sep 26, 2023: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Oct 3, 2023: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Oct 10, 2023: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Oct 17, 2023: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm