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Virtual Leadership

How to Lead From a Distance

The days of going to work and seeing everyone you work with are gone forever! The ways we "see" each other, communicate, build teams, establish trust, collaborate, and achieve results have all changed. What was once a non-traditional way of working is now commonplace and an increasing reality for leaders across a broad spectrum of organizations and industries.

A growing number of leaders manage and lead each day from a distance – through technology tools that connect them to remote teams, virtual workers, telecommuters, and distance employees. And they do this with the need to control costs, retain talent, ensure clear communication, manage productivity, maintain motivation, and achieve results. It's a challenging task.... and an increasing reality for every leader.

If you're one of the growing legions of virtual leaders, this book is for you – offering practical tools and techniques for leading effectively in our expanding virtual workplace. 48 pages

$10.95

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Managing Telecommuters Coaching Kit

A comprehensive sourcebook for managers of telecommuters. Provides easy-to-follows coaching guidelines for a wide variety of situations and challenges faced by telecommuters. Discusses effective leadership of geographically dispersed teams, coaching for superior performance, distance communication, and effective use of technology tools. This user-friendly coaching kit is a critical resource for any manager of telecommuters. Includes a copy of the book, "101 Tips for Telecommuters" with references to specific tips appropriate for telecommuters to use to improve performance, minimize distractions, deal with family issues, and work effectively as members of virtual teams. 53 pages/Coaching Guide; 250 pages/book

$45.00

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Virtual Teams

Working From a Distance: Being Your Best When You're Not With the Rest

Today's ever-expanding "virtual workplaces" are changing the way we do our jobs, communicate, forge relationships, and get results! Smaller, cheaper, more accessible technology tools have enabled a dynamic mobile workplace where people connect from wherever they are. Growing legions of workers are away from the office more often than not or simply do their work from other locations as an inherent part of their jobs. Others relocate for personal or family reasons – and because they've demonstrated enough value to their employer or customers, they take their jobs with them when they move. Multiple terms refer to this expanding group and way of working: "virtual, distance, remote, digital" as well as terms such as "telecommuter, teleworker, laptop or road warrior." Whatever the terminology, the fact is that, more and more, jobs are done by people who must work together when they're not together.

There are many strategies, techniques, mindsets, and behaviors common to people who successfully work on their own. Sharing those important tools is what this book is all about. No matter if you're an experienced full-time remote worker or someone who does it part time – regardless if you work from a distance, or you work with / manage others who do – this book is for you! Derived from a growing experience with virtual work and practical advice from experienced contributors who share their insights and tips throughout the pages that follow, the solutions presented here are your keys to the future that is very likely knocking on your door, today. They are everyone's keys to ...Being the BEST When You're Not with The Rest! 58 pages

$10.95

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How to Work Together From a Distance

A growing number of people work each day with people in different locations and connect with them through technology tools. It's a challenging task.... and one that is increasingly prevalent and complex for every team member. Team members bridge the distances created by multi-location organizations, telecommuting, independent contractors, global operations, and mobile workers. And yet they need to keep the work flowing and get the job done.

The ideal resource for virtual and global teams. Includes practical tools, techniques, and checklists for working together effectively in our expanding virtual workplace. 48 pages

$9.95

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Guide to Building Virtual Teams

A practical guide for leaders, trainers, and member of virtual or dispersed teams. Includes a copy of the book, "101 Tips for Telecommuters." Suitable for use in training sessions, during team meetings, or as a coaching guide for team leaders. 24 pages/ Guide; 250 pages/book

$32.00

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Telework

Emergency Telecommuting: A quick-start guide to working well in a crisis - from wherever you are

A quick-start guide that provides solutions for teleworkers and their teams working together from a distance under emergency conditions. The objective is to make the emergency telecommuting situation as productive as possible, in light of limited resources and possible limited access to key information or personnel. Incorporates specific action steps, how-to guidelines, checklists, suggested resources and quick-start guides for various aspects of a rapid-start telecommuting solution. Examples of checklists and guides include: Telecommuter Self-Assessment; Home Office Safety Checklist; Virtual Meeting Checklist. 28 pages

$9.95

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101 Tips for Telecommuters

A concise primer and highly practical guide to effective telecommuting. Drawn from first-hand experience the author acquired as a telecommuting executive and telemanager, the book provides key insights to the skills, mindset and resources necessary for telecommuters to succeed. With a unique emphasis on the human aspects of telecommuting, 101 Tips for Telecommuters will give current and aspiring telecommuters, as well as their managers, critical insights into what it takes to thrive while telecommuting, which has become a way of working for more than 11 million people in the U.S. 250 pages

$15.95

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Work-Life Balance

Dot Calm: The Search for Sanity in a Wired World

For millions of people, technology is making their lives harder, not easier. They're bombarded with so much information they can barely read it, let alone process it. They're tied to the office-through email, cell phones, pagers, voice mail and fax machines-24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their sense of balance is under assault from the relentless onslaught of data and the feeling that they must be constantly "connected."

For everyone who yearns to simplify life, slow down and get centered, all without compromising career suicide, Dot Calm offers an unprecedented chance to leverage the success strategies of those who recognize these problems and are taking action. Based on the authors' in-depth interviews and survey results, Dot Calm outlines a wide variety of proven tactics that real people in all walks of life are using to cope with the ubiquitous problems of information and access overload. Shows organizations alternative approaches to increasing productivity without overloading workers. 115 pages

$14.95

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Working Too Much Can Make You Grumpy

In its second edition, this is the right book at the right time for all the busy, tired, overworked people who...

  • know that family is really what matters
  • want to spend more time with their children
  • could use a gentle and inspiring "wake-up call" to help get their priorities straight

A compilation of quotes from kids who were asked why it's good to not work too much. You'll laugh...you'll ponder...you'll want to hug a kid! A great little book for adults – that's full of kid-wisdom!

Find out:

  • what kids really think
  • what kids really want
  • why kids think adults are missing too much in life!

A quick, easy, fun and valuable read for everyone. The perfect giftbook!

5.5 x 6; 150 pages

$14.95

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Telework Tips eBooklets

Tips for Teleworking Productively in Your Home Office

From "How to focus your life" to "Being your own OSHA Inspector," this easy to read and use booklet provides a wealth of information in bite size chunks. Whether you're thinking about telework or are just looking for some ideas to improve your effectiveness, this booklet is a great starting point.

$5.95

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Tips for Teleworking Effectively with Your Remote Team

How do you stay connected with your friends and co-workers? How do you avoid being isolated from work, promotions and your career? This booklet answers these and many other questions that can make you more effective in dealing with your team and co-workers.

$5.95

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Tips for Teleworking Successfully while Managing Family Issues

Working at home surrounded by your family can be both rewarding and a tremendous challenge. This booklet paves the way for you to negotiate effective agreements with them that will make you more productive and the family happy that you're there.

$5.95

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Telework Mini Books

Working Well in Your Home Office

Effective self-management is tantamount to success of the telecommuter. While basic management of resources is an underpinning of that success, there are unique factors for the telecommuter driven by the independence, isolation and freedom of choice that characterizes telecommuting

$6.95

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Working Well with Your Family

The telecommuter who shares living space with other people isn't as isolated as they'd wish to be some days! For all of the advantages telecommuting offers families, there are also major stumbling blocks that can impede the telecommuter's success. Understanding and proactively addressing these issues is essential for telecommuting effectiveness.

$6.95

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Working Well with Your Team

A growing number of telecommuters are not individual contributors, entrepreneurs or other variations of 'lone ranger.' But even these, along with the vast majority of telecommuters, don't work in complete isolation. There are co-workers, managers, support personnel, team members and customers that comprise the broad network or team that contribute to the telecommuter's success. Understanding and effectively handling the dynamics of these critical relationships is another challenge the telecommuter must meet.

$6.95

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Teleworker Assessment Profile

Teleworker Assessment Profile

You're certainly not alone if you find yourself wanting to telecommute or you've already jumped on the telecommuting bandwagon. There are distinct skills, attitudes and behaviors essential to that success. Many of these can be learned, developed, reinforced and honed once you're aware of them and understand your own strengths and weaknesses with regard to the criteria for successful telecommuting. Use this structured feedback tool to assess your strengths and weaknesses relative to telecommuting success, evaluate your readiness in terms of family and home office location issues, and consider the degree to which your job is “telecommutable.” Deliverables include: online assessment process, individualized results report with comprehensive development guide.

$24.95

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