Challenges for Global Organizations – How to develop leadership skills while working virtually

There are two challenges facing today’s global organizations.

Challenge #1: how to reinforce the investment of time and money spent on leadership training.  Organizations want to eliminate the ‘flaming re-entry and burnout’ syndrome.  This happens when participants leave the development session all fired up to practice their new skills, only to see these changes quickly fall away as they become immersed in day-to-day challenges.

Challenge #2: Globally dispersed team are the new normal.  We know that even the best virtual teams need to occasionally tune up or build new skills for managing change,  resolving conflicts or making tough decisions.

We know that Action Learning can be one strategy that can address both of these challenges by providing a safe yet challenging environment for participants to develop practical solutions  they can implement to address real work issues.  And yet, team leaders and their HR partners will sometimes tell us that they don’t have two important resources–time and money–to conduct face-to-face action learning sessions—especially when teams are globally dispersed.

Based on recent experiences, we believe that action learning can be conducted virtually, eliminating the travel costs, and run in short sessions that minimize the time away from other tasks.

We invite you to join us for a free webinar where we will discuss some of the best practices for virtual action learning, based on recent successful client projects.

In this webinar, some of the questions we’ll explore together are:

  • What’s necessary to launch virtual action learning?
  • What do we need to consider if the group is made up of strangers versus people who work together in the same team?
  • What are special needs for multi-problem versus single problem/project virtual AL groups?
  • What are the additional skills needed by the participants, team leader and action learning coach?
  • How can the organization and the team address technology and logistical enablers and disablers?
  • What benefits does the organization gain?  What benefits do the individual participants gain?


We invite you to join us to share your own experiences.  Through our dialogue, we can build our understanding of the processes, tools and behaviors essential for successful action learning in a virtual environment.

Carole Lyles Shaw, MBA, CALC


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