Four Distance Leadership Initiatives

Having just revisited Grundfos — the world’s leading resource preserver and pump provider — for another high-potential assignment, our discussion came across the conclusions from a previous Grundfos workshop on Distance Leadership.

Working with Rikke Lindekilde (seen here in a Workshop at CfL), we developed four primary initiatives recommended to the effective leader with two our more teams across several time zones:

  • Develop a clear Contract of Collaboration where the team addresses all virtual leadership aspects and engagements. Make sure both technical and personal preferences are included.
  • Institute Planned Pitstops to strengthen production capacity in the P:PC balance; make them short and relevant to capture the vibes not available as the catch capability of the “corner of your eye” is jeopardized by physical distance.
  • Analyze Skill and Will in all interpersonal relations, regardless of time and place — and do consider the matching media choice as a  tradeoff between the medias ability to address factual vs emotional content.
  • Reinforce interdependent team activities without your direct involvement; make the team leaders interact and solve business problems without your direct involvement as anything but council and proud receiver of their conclusions.

Visually the conclusion i summarized in these four icons, designed specifically for Grundfos:

Designed for Grundfos to capture the four essential initiatives each distance leader should consider
Designed for Grundfos to capture the four essential initiatives each distance leader should consider

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