Managing Remote Teams Bootcamp
Teams need glue
What is holding your remote team together? Is it you, is it them, is it your corporate culture? Holding a team together is difficult face to face, but remote management has raised some very real issues in relation to managing and developing teams. Every team needs glue - learn how to be that glue and hold your team together remotely.
Culture needs to be cultured
If you work for an established company, it’s likely you have a cultural structure to work with. Every company has culture (whether you want one or not). If you think your business is too small to worry about culture, you’d be wrong. Working remotely doesn’t mean that culture isn’t important, it’s the opposite.
- Increase revenue by encouraging leadership at all levels of the organisation.
- Reduce costs by increasing employee engagement through clarifying outcomes.
- Create clearer direction for simpler decisions by ensuring every person fully understands their role and expectations.
- Increase productivity and lower staff turnover by creating autonomy within clear boundaries and cultural values.
- Take less time and effort to manage your team by redefining deliverables and how you measure outcomes.
- Develop a happier, more engaged team through better communication and more flexible time management.
- 5 x 30 minute live online training sessions
- 2 x 90 minute 1:1 coaching sessions with Benjamin Drury
The managing remote workers bootcamp has been created to help managers with the transition from managing an office based team to a remote/work from home team.
Five targeted sessions covering everything you need to know to develop a strategy and systems to not only manage a remote team, but create a high performing team working in different locations.
The bootcamp includes two bespoke one to one sessions with Benjamin Drury, The Culture Guy to help integrate the learning and changed paradigms into your specific organisation.
1: Redefining BalanceWork-life balance has been a hot topic for a long time, but as more and more people work remotely, the edges of life and paid work are getting increasingly blurred. We need to change our thinking and our language around work-life balance and understand that one size does not fit all. We need to start talking about fluidity of work and life and allow the two to overlap and co-exist in harmony to make it easier for people to find time for every parts of life and find fulfilment in work and life together..
2: Measuring the Right ResultsSession two is about improving how we measure the output and results of remote workers. When workers attend an office it is easy to manage and measure their time. When you don’t see people in a physcial location it becomes more difficult to measue time and whether remote workers are being productive with the time you are measuring. We need new ways to measure workers effectiveness and manage the results that are easier to see and can’t be manipulated.
3: Clarifying ExpectationsSession three looks at how to ensure everyone understands what is expected of them. When not physically located in the same place, it becomes more difficult to ensure everyone is delivering the right thing at the right time or attending the right meetings and being truly present when they need to. Equally it is harder for remote workers to make sure they have access to all the tools and resources required to deliver their objectives.
4: New Communications ParadigmSession four looks at new paradigms in communication. We have all become very use to using online meeting tools and instant messenging software, but are we using them effectively or are we just taking the old in-person paradigm and operating the same way online. Are there better ways to use the modern tools to improve productivity. Do we need to have meetings in the same way? Are emails still the most effective way to share information?
5: Building TrustRemote working will definitely not work with out trust. Session five looks at the best ways to buid that trust even when people are miles apart. How do we give people the freedom to do their best work, but still ensure organisations are gettting value for money? How do we motivate and engage people to want to deliver the highest performance? How to we ensure that everyone understands and lives out the organisational values when no one is watching?
One to OnesWhile the five training sessions are highly practical and grounded in action, it is also important to make sure the learning sticks and the new behaviours are embeded in your organisation. These additional one to one sessions are about taking the learning and applying to your specific situation in a highy targeted way. It is the final step in ensuring that your remote team are engaged, committed and deliver to the high standard you expect of your people. The personal one to one sessions can be booked at a time convenient to you.
what people say
About The Culture Guy
I recently attended Ben's workshop, Creating a Culture to Scale-up. Absolutely loved it. The most productive and inspiring morning I've had in a long time. The content was thought provoking but not overwhelming, the delivery was challenging but never felt unobtainable. An absolute must for all business owners and managers.
Ben has done nothing but impress me from the moment I met him. Not only does he know his stuff, he's an absolute expert at what he does and working with him has transformed my business and came just at the right as our team continues to expand. I highly recommend Ben to anyone looking at understanding their values and creating the culture within their business enabling the business to run effectively even when they are to present in the business.
Ben has an amazing capacity to bring out the soul in all of us and help business owners to dig deep and rediscover their passion. He wants to help and boy does he. Really cannot recommend him highly enough. Any business owner, whatever the size should to talk to Ben. You will be so glad you did, and so will your staff and customers.
I was fortunate enough to attend one of Ben's online culture workshops last week. As a marketer, I have always had an interest in mission, vision and values, but probably more from a branding perspective, rather than culture. I wasn’t sure quite what to expect but, whatever it was, Ben exceeded my expectations! Ben is so knowledgeable and insightful on the subject of company culture. Thanks to Ben’s engaging manner, the online (due to Covid 19) version of the workshop was just as effective as a face to face meeting, from the outset. He maintained momentum and interaction from the group with his positive energy; everyone participated fully in the discussions, even at the end of the day. In fact, it flew by and I was quite disappointed when it was over! Working through my mission, vision and values with Ben has been an invaluable experience. He has the knack of really drilling down into your business culture and making you reflect on your “whys”. This has given me the confidence I lacked and clarity I needed to positively focus on the future of my business. I would recommend Ben wholeheartedly – a really good guy to know.
I had the privilege to attend an inspiring workshop with Ben. I’ve been around businesses for more years than I’d share and very easily bored. Oh my goodness was I in for a surprise! Ben truly knows his stuff and shares his experience with passion and common sense. I was totally immersed in the day that encourages all of the group to really look into their culture. I won’t say more, but get yourself on one of Ben’s courses. You won’t be disappointed. Ben you have some magic about you and I would go to another in a flash - you are inspiring.
I have read the book and attended a one day workshop - Ben is simply a genius at this subject! For my own business, as is probable for most, I know what I wanted to say but was `lost for words`! Ben helped me put together a powerful mission statement, create a vision and calculate clear values. I highly recommend businesses needing help developing their ideas into a clear and meaningful reality engage with The Culture Guy!!! Thanks Ben !!! Claire Hartnell, C J Garden Services Ltd and Support Manager for ONLE Networking.
Ben Drury aka The Culture Guy. My business partner and I attended Ben's course on Culture, we were both totally blown away with the whole course. It wasn't rocket science, Ben explained how to work out what our Company Culture was and how we could ensure it runs through the Companies veins. We have now used Ben's system and written down our Company Culture for all our staff to enjoy and be a part of. If you haven't heard Ben speak make that your goal in 2020
Before speaking to Ben, culture felt like an abstract concept only applicable to corporations. Now, we understand that culture is perhaps the most important factor in the early success of our business. We also see that by documenting what makes our culture so appealing, we will be able to scale our business by working with people who share our values, rather than oppose us. Ben's insight and ability to translate complex ideas into easy-to-understand sentences is amazing to witness and we're very grateful to be working with him.
Having met Ben in a previous role at Newcastle College, I was impressed by his customer focus. As someone in a technical role, his focus on making things better for the end user improved various systems and products in that role. I was lucky enough to then spend time working closely with Ben developing Twistan. His technical expertise, business acumen and dedication to improvement are what sets Ben apart from others and it was a pleasure to work with him.
Ben has really helped our team to understand themselves and each other. Super-helpful structure, process and tools, and Ben is an immensely likeable, knowledgeable and helpful guy. We’ll be doing a lot more with him, both internally at Ninety, and beyond with our clients where we want to help build effective insurance innovation teams.
We worked with Ben over the course of several months and saw exponential change in our company in many ways. The ideas he brought were easily implemented and created immediate changes for the better. Six months ago, company culture was not even ranked in reasons to work at our company, and in the most recent review, it was nearly unanimous that company culture was now the best reason. Not only that, but we are on track to have our best quarter and month in the six years since our company was founded, all this immediately following our work with Ben. Chance? I think not. This guy knows what he is talking about.
Before meeting Ben, culture wasn't an element of business that I put too much value on. I knew it existed but if I'm totally honest, I didn't realise just how important it was. To get the culture of your business right from day one is vital. How can you expect to grow your business with the right people if they don't share the same culture and values with you? Sounds obvious but until you sit down with Ben and discuss your vision, values and culture, you really won't realise how necessary it is. With Ben's help we have managed to get all our ideas out of our head (even the common sense ones), onto paper and next steps will be to produce a document that we can share with the whole organisation. What better way to make sure we are all on board and working towards a shared goal.
I invited Ben to speak at the SDI 2019, annual conference and he was enthusiastic, professional and easy to work with right from the beginning. Ben really got stuck in by sharing blogs and social media posts about his session prior to the conference. His session at the conference was well attended and the feedback I received from attendees was super! I think culture hits the nail on the head for anyone who works in a team, across all industries. Thanks Ben it was great meeting you and I would love to work with you again in the future