Meet us online again for an informal exchange about challenges related to leadership!

 

What it is:

Our Virtual Café offers interested business professionals a place where current leadership themes can be discussed in an informal environment. No PowerPoint presentations, no prep work – just like a meeting in the coffee-shop around the corner!

How it works:

The Virtual Café will be opened once a month for a session lasting no more than 1 hour. See the calendar below for the next dates and subjects.

All you need to take part is a device with Internet access, a webcam, and a headset. For those sessions you are interested in you have to sign-up. You will then receive a link to a web-conference facility and joining instructions.

What it is NOT:

It is NOT listen-only!  Our Café only has seats for 10 visitors to allow for an engaged discussion for everyone. So it is not just a place for people to listen to a presentation or discussion. Participation is required and welcome. And because of the limited number of places, you should get one of them reserved for you as soon as possible.

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The one draw-back: as this is an online-Café you will have to bring your own coffee, tea, or whatever you prefer to the event.

We look forward to meeting you soon to exchange interesting thoughts and experiences.

Experience so far:
Our past visitors are very enthusiastic about our Virtual Café as they experienced it as a great opportunity of informal exchange and learning. Here are some snippets:
“Thank you very much, this was a great session to reflect on ways of delivering feedback effectively in a virtual organisation”  HR Professional global service provider
“I enjoyed the exchange with other leaders and learnt a lot about how I can create more effective and engaging virtual meetings” Global Project Director FMCG

 

Oct
23
Mon
#12 – Emotional Intelligence in a virtual business context: A Leadership Essential!
Oct 23 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
#12 - Emotional Intelligence in a virtual business context: A Leadership Essential! @ Virtual Café

One issue in virtual business settings is that there is a lack of information usually available in communication: you miss out body language and gestures, and sometimes there is no visible information at all. Hosting a virtual meeting, using your own emotional intelligence is very important. But how to do that?

This month we will discuss people’s experiences in this area? What are the issues that one can face and what are solutions that have worked?

Does this subject strike a note with you? Then you are welcome to join our online discussion around this issue.

Please just send a quick e-mail to the event contact to sign-up for one of the 10 places in this session and get the login details.

Nov
27
Mon
#13 – Trust building: the key success factor for virtual teams
Nov 27 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
#13 - Trust building: the key success factor for virtual teams @ Virtual Café

Stephen Covey described in his book The speed of trust the importance of a trustful relationship in organisations and especially in teams in order to create performance.

So, what are the first steps to kick-start trust building in a virtual business context?

Join us to discuss this subject in this month’s virtual café session. We want to explore best practices but also challenges for trust development in a virtual team.

If you are interested, please send a quick e-mail to the event contact to sign-up for one of the 10 places in this session and get the login details.

Dec
11
Mon
#14 -Virtual communication: what makes it effective?
Dec 11 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
#14 -Virtual communication: what makes it effective? @ Virtual Café

In Google searches for “virtual“, communication had the highest frequency in recent months.

In this month’s Café-session we would like to explore what virtual communication entails and how one can make it highly effective. We will discuss best practice and can learn from each other’s experiences in a virtual business context.

If you are interested and want to join the discussion, please send a quick e-mail to the event contact to sign-up for one of the 10 places in this session and get the login details.

Jan
29
Mon
#15 – High performing virtual teams: a paradox or an opportunity?
Jan 29 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
#15 - High performing virtual teams: a paradox or an opportunity? @ Virtual Café

Can virtual teams ever achieve the status of high performing teams? Would you not need one location to really create a high performing community?

This month we want to explore whether high performance in virtual teams is a paradox or not. Through the exchange with others on their best practices you will have the opportunity to get insights on how to turn this paradox into an opportunity.

If you want to join the discussion, please send a quick e-mail to the event contact to sign-up for one of the 10 places in this session and get the login details.

Feb
26
Mon
#16 – Importance of team kick-off and maintenance
Feb 26 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
#16 - Importance of team kick-off and maintenance @ Virtual Café

The higher the work pressure on a team, the less time is generally taken to sit back and reflect on its performance. What is going well? What could be improved and how to achieve that?

Whereas we generally accept the idea that our cars need to go to the garage for regular maintenance to prevent trouble in the future, we don’t do that for our teams.

What is your experience in this area? What helps to reflect with your teams on a regular basis? Do you have tips and tricks that you want to share? Or are you looking for things that have worked for others?

Sounds interesting?

Then please send a quick e-mail to the event contact to sign-up for one of the 10 places in this session and get the login details.