How to Lead Remotely - With Less Stress and More Success


The world is changing – and that means the complex role of a leader is changing too.

One of the biggest changes – and challenges that many leaders and organizations are facing is leading teams remotely.

Leading remote employees is now a fact of life. Over 80% of teams and 90% of projects have at least one member not physically located with the rest of the group. And a recent study from GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com showed that the number of employees who telecommute more than one day per week increased over 79% from 2005 to 2012.

These facts, while compelling, only matter if you are someone leading others remotely. If you or others in your organization do, you owe it to yourself, your team and your organization to read on.

While the principles of effective leadership and team management haven’t changed, maintaining peak performance and keeping employees engaged when separated by miles, time zones and culture is a tall task for any manager or organization.

Remote Leaders Have Unique Challenges

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 remote, 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?

If have ever struggled with even one of these questions, you know what we mean.

Leadership is hard...doing it remotely is even harder.

But it is part of our job.

With the Right Skills, You Can Harness the Power of Your Remote Team

From communication...to performance management...to motivation...and more, as a remote 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 remote leadership training that is really just their normal training with the word “remote” attached). And it isn’t just a technology and tools challenge (though knowing how to use the tools can facilitate your success). The Remote Leadership Certificate Series brings together experts in both of these areas to help you get the results you want.

Remote Leadership is Different and So Is This Series

The Remote Leadership Certificate Series is a small group experience delivered remotely just like you lead so that you get the experience, exposure and access to us that you need to be successful. It is 7 online sessions targeted for the skills a remote 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.

If you are a leader with people spread across geography and time zones, the skills you will learn in this series will change your leadership life.
Join us now to have less stress and frustration, and greater confidence and success in your leadership role.

Why a Certificate?

Leading remotely is the new skill required for you to lead in organizations. Having some proof of your exposure to these critical ideas provides confidence and credibility for yourself and through your organization. If you are thinking of training multiple leaders in your organization, this certificate is a designation of their progress and an indicator of their future success.

Why a Series?

You can’t get all of these wide ranging skills in one session, and we are delivering it remotely because asking you to come to a face to face workshop to learn remote skills makes about as much sense as teaching you to swim in a gymnasium!

Your whole learning experience is part of the learning itself!

The Remote Leadership Certificate Series is designed to provide you with the practical skills to lead remote employees, virtual teams and mobilized work forces. The Series teaches techniques and methods to effectively motivate and manage virtual employees and teams with ease and success.

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
  • How to prepare and deliver web presentations – using the job aids and planning tools you have

Who You'll Learn From

Wayne Turmel is the creator of GreatWebMeetings.com and the author of multiple books to help leaders like you use the tools and capitalize on the technology you are asked to (and need to) use as a remote leader. Wayne is the best on the planet at doing this. Not only that but he has been training managers and leaders for 25 years, so he isn't just a techie guy. He is a master trainer and really quite funny. You'll love learning with Wayne.

Kevin Eikenberry is the founder and Chief Potential Officer of The Kevin Eikenberry Group and multiple time best-selling author. His book Remarkable Leadership is used by leaders around the globe as their handbook to success. He too has been studying, writing about, training and coaching leaders for over 25 years. He's trained leaders from around the world, led 100's of teleseminars, webinars and remote coaching sessions. He also leads a remote team himself. He was recently named one of the Top 100 Leadership and Management Experts in the World by Inc.com.

Upcoming Series Dates:


OPTION #1 (Series #1503)

April 7, 2015, 2 - 4 pm ET: How Leaders Create and Manage Remote Teams April 14, 2015, 2 - 4 pm ET: Leading Effective Virtual Meetings April 21, 2015, 2 - 4 pm ET: Remote Goal Setting and Accountability April 28, 2015, 2 - 4 pm ET: Web Presentation Basics for Leaders (Part I) May 1, 2015, Time TBD: Web Presentation Basics for Leaders (Part II) May 5, 2015, 2 - 4 pm ET: Effective Remote Coaching and Feedback May 8, 2015, 2 - 4 pm ET: Roundtable/Wrap-up Session

OPTION #2 (Series #1504)

May 12, 2015, 2 - 4 pm ET: How Leaders Create and Manage Remote Teams May 19, 2015, 2 - 4 pm ET: Leading Effective Virtual Meetings May 26, 2015, 2 - 4 pm ET: Remote Goal Setting and Accountability June 2, 2015, 2 - 4 pm ET: Web Presentation Basics for Leaders (Part I) June 5, 2015, Time TBD: Web Presentation Basics for Leaders (Part II) June 9, 2015, 2 - 4 pm ET: Effective Remote Coaching and Feedback June 15, 2015, 2 - 4 pm ET: Roundtable/Wrap-up Session

Course Agenda & Overview

Introduction to The Remote Leader

In this previously recorded replay (that you will receive immediately upon registration), Wayne and Kevin come together to talk about the challenges and pitfalls, the opportunities and benefits of leading remotely. This is your introduction to the Series, designed to help you get a better understanding of what you can expect in our time together and to learn the "whys and wherefores" of remote leadership.



How Leaders Create and Manage Remote 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.



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.

The session includes a pre-class assessment of your current online meeting effectiveness, copies of the course visuals and a PDF, re-printable packet of planning tools they can use for future presentations.

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


Web Presentation Basics for Leaders (Part I and II)

To get the most from today’s web presentation and meeting tools, presenters must learn what the tools can do, and what features will enhance team communication and collaboration. They must then apply it to their work and get hands-on practice and coaching to build confidence and adoption. Anything less is a waste of time.Yet, according to industry studies:

  • 90% of companies are using web meetings, webinars or virtual presentations as part of their work now
  • More than 80% of presenters never get any training or coaching on effective online presentations. They’re left to their own devices with mixed results
  • Most presenters use fewer than 25% of the available features to create interactive, engaging and effective presentations, webinars and collaborative meetings

Part I of the session is an interactive and engaging webinar that teaches the basics of effective online presentations, models those skills and teaches the possibilities of the most common tools for your participants. Part II is hands-on practice and application. You’ll get coaching from their peers and a professional, knowledgeable expert.

Course includes copies of the course visuals and a PDF, re-printable packet of planning tools they can use for future presentations.

At the end of this program, participants will:
  • Become familiar with the features of your web presentation tools
  • Understand how to plan an effective web presentation using the job aids and planning tools provided
  • Use the appropriate presentation and interactive tools to engage the audience
  • Develop vocal and verbal delivery skills that enhance their image as communicators
  • Deliver an engaging, interactive and effective web presentation based on the real-life demands of their job


Remote Goal Setting and Accountability

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


Effective Remote Coaching and Feedback

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.

This is a highly interactive session 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.

Whether people work in the next office or halfway around the world, they deserve effective to progress in their productivity and results. This session will give participants the confidence and skills to do this successfully.

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



Wrap-up Session

The series concludes the way it begins – with you, Kevin and Wayne 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 the brains of Wayne and Kevin, and they will share their latest thinking and lessons on all things related to leading remotely.


About the Speakers


Kevin Eikenberry
Chief Potential Officer

The Kevin Eikenberry Group

Kevin Eikenberry is the founder and Chief Potential Officer of The Kevin Eikenberry Group and multiple time best-selling author. His book Remarkable Leadership is used by leaders around the globe as their handbook to success. He too has been studying, writing about, training and coaching leaders for over 25 years. He's trained leaders from around the world, led 100's of teleseminars, webinars and remote coaching sessions. He also leads a remote team himself. He was recently named one of the Top 100 Leadership and Management Experts in the World by Inc.com.

Wayne Turmel
President

GreatWebMeetings.com

Wayne Turmel is the creator of GreatWebMeetings.com and the author of multiple books to help leaders like you use the tools and capitalize on the technology you are asked to (and need to) use as a remote leader. Wayne is the best on the planet at doing this. Not only that but he has been training managers and leaders for 25 years, so he isn't just a techie guy. He is a master trainer and really quite funny. You'll love learning with Wayne.
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Here's what others have to say about our training:

"As far as Professional Development opportunities, this seminar has the most applicable content of any I have attended in the last 10 years!"

- Jeannie Wade, Workshop Attendee
"I found the program very inspiring, I am sure I will implement many facets of what I learned.  I agree whole-heartedly that leadership is a learned skill and no matter what stage we are in our careers, we should never stop learning.  This program brought those thoughts to life."

- Regina Allard, Children's Surgical Foundation
"This was an excellent workshop - by far the best leadership training I've ever received. Kevin was very prepared and organized. His passion for the subject was evident. He facilitated great interactive sessions and made us think."

- Shelly Spalding, COO, Community Reach Center
"Very powerful two days!  The approach that Kevin takes is very engaging and leaves you wanting more!  I feel confident that the tools provided in the seminar will support and remind me of the key components to nurture and develop myself and others."

- John Cushing, Compressed Controls Corporation

Registration Fee & Guarantee

The Certificate Series: $1500

Here's what you get with your registration:

  • Access to all sessions, including course visuals, materials and pre-assessment evaluations
  • A FREE copy of Wayne's new book, Meet Like You Mean It - A Leader's Guide to Painless and Productive Virtual Meetings

We're Not Satisfied Unless You Are!

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.

Questions? Contact us at 317.759.3171 or via email here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is your cancellation/substitution policy?

You may send someone to take your place or cancel without penalty at any time up to three weeks prior to the start of the series. If you provide The Kevin Eikenberry Group with less than three weeks’ notice or fail to attend, you will be responsible for the entire registration fee.

What if I am not satisfied with the training?

We pride ourselves on being your Leadership Help Button and we want to ensure that you are 100% delighted with everything we do. Every workshop is backed with our guarantee of complete satisfaction. If you aren’t 100% satisfied with the training, we’ll refund your entire registration fee. No questions asked. Guaranteed.

What is included with my registration?

Your registration includes access to all sessions, the pre-assessment evaluations and all course visuals and materials, plus a free copy of Wayne's book, Meet Like You Mean It - A Leader's Guide to Painless and Productive Virtual Meetings.

What are the payment options?

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Can the workshop be presented on site for my organization?

Absolutely. We conduct on-site training for many of our Customers every year. To learn how this or any of our other topics can be tailored to meet your organization’s needs, just call 770-598-4767, or contact us here.

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