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Best Practices for Managing Remote Teams

Best Practices for Managing Remote Teams

What are best practices for managing our remote teams? How do issues of diversity play out when we are all on video? What happens to productivity?  We’ll reveal what the current literature and our research shows.

How to Do Remote Contextual Design

How to Do Remote Contextual Design

Learn about how you can keep being in the “field” and managing data synthesis, visioning, and design work remotely.  I’ll be sharing techniques and how to run some of the key techniques: Field interviews, interpretation sessions, affinity building, modeling and all detailed design in small groups.

Design Critiques

Design Critiques

Design critiques are central to maker professions. However, 80% of women lose self esteem when criticized. Learn what our research shows about how to do team design critiques while also including everyone and making them feel valued in the process.

Don’t Be a Jerk!

Don’t Be a Jerk!

One of our “Ops” is what we call “The Valuing and Jerk Project”. We are investigating what exact behaviors contribute to feeling valued in the workplace? What behaviors push us away?

Creating Dynamic, Valuing Teams

In this blog, Karen discussed one of the key dimensions of the Women in Tech Framework that defines the critical aspects of daily life necessary to help women thrive and succeed in the high technology industry.

Jerk Behavior

Women often state, and our research confirms, that women don’t feel valued or heard. They say that men, managers, or teammates are “bro’s” or “jerks”. But what does this mean?

Interventions: Making Teams Work

Interventions: Making Teams Work

Our team techniques help to minimize conflict, bias and interpersonal friction. Volunteer your team to be part of the Living Lab. Try out and co-invent best practices.

Research: Onboarding

Research: Onboarding

Team Onboarding: The first step in helping women thrive is making sure they are set up for success starting on day one. The Team Onboarding Checklist has been tried by managers across multiple companies. We will roll it out along with services in April 2020.

The @Work Experience Measure

The @Work Experience Measure

Woman “thinking of leaving” the company score lower across all factors. Contact us to try the measure in your company.

Career Power: The Board Game

Career Power: The Board Game

Discuss real work challenges with colleagues and friends while having fun. Try it for on-boarding. Order Now

Managing Interpersonal Dynamics in Teams: What is Rude?

Managing Interpersonal Dynamics in Teams: What is Rude?

What is “rude” to one person may be perfectly acceptable to another. What is fine in the US Northeast may be rude in the South. What is rude in one country may be perfectly fine in another. So what is “rude” and how do we handle it on a diverse team?

What If I Had James Damore of Google on a Team?

What If I Had James Damore of Google on a Team?

Many have asked Karen to respond about the James Damore situation. So, she thought about a hypothetical: “What If I had James Damore of Google on a team?”

This blog is her answer, including techniques she’s employed successfully in the past.