Entries by Coach Padraig

How to start an engaging Zoom meeting

Capturing the attention of an audience has been the work of storytellers, writers, and orators forever and a day. Narrative hooks can range from dramatic to hilarious stories, startling stats or relatable secrets. Songwriters and musicians use music hooks — memorable lyrics or melodies — to catch the ear of the listener.  Why? If you […]

Respect: is it owed or earned?

Respect is a two-way street.  Respect your elders. Give respect, get respect. We grow up hearing all kinds of things about respect, but what is ideal in the workplace? Is respect owed because of achievements, abilities, and status? Or earned because of qualities and reciprocity? Or should it be a combination of both owed and […]

Why celebrating wins with your remote team is important

We’ve talked before about remembering – amid the deadlines and the pressures and the non-stop busy-ness – to celebrate wins with our team members. – especially if you are, like most of us right now, scrambling to adapt to managing remotely while helping staff transition to working remotely in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The […]

Keeping your team engaged during online meetings

But how do you know who is engaged in online meetings? Many of us have been using remote meetings for some time, while others have had to quickly ramp up in response to the COVID-19 crisis.  As we discussed the other day, there are essential tools that help you facilitate remote meetings. But how do […]

9 necessary tips for working remotely from home

With the world’s leading health officials and most world leaders calling on everyone to “self isolate” or “social distance,” many of us are working remotely from home in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. If you’re new at this, trying to get your team members online and keeping the workflow on track might feel overwhelming. But […]

How to reassure your team in uncertain times

No one can predict right now what will happen in the next few weeks or months. That uncertainty, of course, contributes to enormous anxiety and fear in people. While many of us are doing everything we can to “flatten the curve” of the outbreak, it isn’t easy to keep soldiering on. Some of us work […]

Keys to having effective performance conversations

Hands up if you’ve ever been excited to have performance conversations. Anyone?  Not many people enjoy engaging in them, either as an employee or as the leader. They feel so forced and awkward in their calculated orchestration.  As leaders, deep down we know that performance conversations can be valuable. And they are, when they’re done […]