Building a sense of interconnection into a team

We all know that sense of shared experience when we sit around a campfire with a group of people. Teams are also made of multiple people coming together to jointly go after a specific goal. And very often new teams struggle to figure out how to actually arrive at a sense of “we” as aContinue reading “Building a sense of interconnection into a team”

Creating a context to thrive in

When I’m watching kids play, it’s striking that they create whole worlds out of their imagination, using whatever is there to work as props and tools. And what they don’t have, they simply make up. I’ve been “served coffee” (imaginary fluid pouring out of a sand mold and into a fist), I’ve been given giftsContinue reading “Creating a context to thrive in”

The secret sauce to successful hybrid or remote teams

There is no “simply going back” to how we used to work in an office after two years of us first being forced to, and then getting used to working remote. People rightfully want to keep having the advantages of the added flexibility and better work/life balance a remote or hybrid work style offers toContinue reading “The secret sauce to successful hybrid or remote teams”

Inclusivity has a direct link to your bottom line

If you are leading a hybrid or remote team today and you are not focusing on creating a culture of inclusivity and belonging, you will very likely not go as far as you could and quite likely simply fail in the long run. Here is why you will pay a high price for this omission:Continue reading “Inclusivity has a direct link to your bottom line”

Emotions in Leadership

Whether we like it or not, and however much we’d like to think of ourselves as rational human beings, we are living in bodies that have strong ties to their emotions. And if we are leading a team of other human beings, we are not only connected to them through rational thought (think goals, projects,Continue reading “Emotions in Leadership”

The role of interconnectedness in product work

“What makes an excellent product manager?” was a question I was recently asked while speaking to somebody who is currently working remote in a product role. One of my favorite responses to this is how Marty Cagan describes the role of a product manager as being in charge of “discovering solutions that are valuable, usable,Continue reading “The role of interconnectedness in product work”

Team Building for Remote Teams

Many of us work in fully remote or hybrid teams these days. When you get hired into a leadership role for a remote or hybrid team – especially in organizations who have only worked in that style for the last two years, you may find that really challenging. There are a number of reasons whyContinue reading “Team Building for Remote Teams”

I really dislike those forced fun exercises

[Photo by Frank Leuderalbert on Unsplash] I’ve heard this so many times. I really dislike those organized fun games at work and I really don’t want to be a part of it. And at the same time we are all experiencing a massive loss of joy and connection that happened as a result of notContinue reading “I really dislike those forced fun exercises”

Scaling remote teams in a Pandemic

Scaling teams is hard enough in normal times, but scaling remote teams in a Pandemic is a special kind of hard. All those “soft” skills around team building, trust building, relationship building out of a sudden become non-negotiable success factors for leaders. They become the new “hard” skills in successfully leading a remote team. InContinue reading “Scaling remote teams in a Pandemic”