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How Covid is changing the team landscape

For most, the transition to remote working has been successful thanks to technology and our ability to adapt in the face of adversity. And now, after several months of remote working, the data shows some surprising and unexpected benefits and risks. Microsoft Teams has moved from 40 million users to nearly 100 million in just…

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People first, technology second. Leadership in changing times.

This blog is a preliminary report of an action learning project currently underway. Hargraves Institute has been coaching the leadership team of an ASX company for nearly 12 months. Performance has been strong with sales and the share price higher today than October 2019. In October 2019, an executive offsite activity highlighted what was necessary…

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Remote Work vs. Remote Teamwork. Another conundrum!

There’s lots of help and support for individuals who suddenly find themselves working from home. But what about the team and team dynamics? How do you keep individuals working as thriving high performing teams when working remotely? How does HR provide team-building opportunities and resources for team leaders working remotely? How do HR and team…

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Building team dynamics for remote teams

There’s lots of help and support for individuals who suddenly find themselves working from home. But what about people dynamics? How do you keep individuals working well together? In the face-to-face world, we have ways to build links with others through non-verbal cues and informal conversations and chats. Different faces, voices and expression add interest….

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How do you keep employees engaged, motivated and connected in the digital world?

Culture building is a unique challenge for organisations at this moment in history. There are well-documented advantages of working from home, including increased productivity, employee satisfaction and reduced costs. However, the major challenge, even in normal times, is maintaining a positive connection to the company values and keeping the culture alive. So how do you reinforce…

What is the interesting new conundrum of Microsoft Teams?

Recently there have been several highly reputable independent studies that reveal a worrying potential aftereffect of the Covid19 crisis on your organisation and possibly your team. Before the Covid crisis, SWOOP Analytics released the most significant benchmarking study of Microsoft Teams ever undertaken. 57,000 people in 50 organisations. The results show that 83% of teams…

How to become a more confident team worker

Do you find it easy to connect with people, both personally and digitally? The modern workplace is increasingly replacing hierarchies with teams, and many employees are struggling to catch up. They aren’t quite sure how to best contribute, and many feel disconnected even with, or perhaps because of, the latest digital tools and processes. In…

Soft Skills, hard to find…

The communication allusion I began my career a while ago now.  Back then, the tools of communication and collaboration were essentially landlines, faxes and pagers, along with face-to-face meetings centred around the office. I also recall my Motorola cell phone, “The Brick.” No texting, no apps, no camera…. I wonder how I got by. By…

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