Detailed Syllabus

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Syllabus


Facilitators/coaches:

Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken 

Ahmed Abdelhakim Hachelaf

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Course Objectives:

At the end of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Understand team dynamics and ways of working are more challenging for you as a team leader
  2. Know how to create a maximally motivated, happy, and productive team
  3. Use different new tools, tips, and tricks on a daily basis to keep your team(s) ‘humming’
  4. Increase the resilience of yourself as a virtual team leader, and that of your team
  5. Apply your best conflict management skills in the setting of virtual (or hybrid) teams
  6. Strategically design your organization and your team’s ways of working for the new employee experience, for the long term


PLEASE NOTE: This syllabus reflects the course content for ‘tier 2’ participants, who have chosen to include the peer coaching sessions. IF you have chosen a 'tier 3’ subscription, your course content is entirely self-paced and asynchronous and does not include peer coaching sessions. For ‘tier 3' participants, your interaction with other course participants, therefore, takes place on the course platform’s discussion forum - so be sure to make use of this resource for peer-to-peer learning. 

If you wish to benefit from the live peer-to-peer learning opportunities offered during weekly coaching sessions (which are offered for tier 1 and 2 participants), then be sure to upgrade by going to the pricing section of the course home page here.

Detailed Syllabus


Week One - Specific Challenges You May Encounter

This lesson includes:

  • Breaking the Ice: Satirical video on the daily challenges of the virtual worker
  • Our narrated slides video accompanied by downloadable slides
  • Required readings on specific challenges in the virtual space
  • Optional readings on virtual meetings 
  • Podcasts on how science can support virtual collaboration, in addition to your shaping of the organizational culture in your virtual team
  • Supplementary video on leadership essentials
  • Journal to track learning from week one 
  • Final reflection question to open a discussion in the forum on the Teachable platform
  • Peer coaching session



Week Two - Specific Leadership-Level Solutions

This lesson includes:

  • Our narrated slides video accompanied by downloadable slides
  • Required readings: on how to build trust and how to do hybrid right
  • Supplementary reading including major tips on how to manage talent and build a new normal for the organization; and another on how to perform successful meetings
  •  Supplemental videos on the neuroscience behind virtual leadership
  • Summary of academic reads on considerations and challenges of running inter-organizational teams
  • Three podcast episodes on basic solutions to leadership challenges
  • Worksheets within the learning journal to track what you learned in week two
  • Peer coaching session



Week Three - Virtual Team Management Tips, Tricks & Tools

This lesson includes:

  • Our narrated slides video accompanied by downloadable slides
  • Required readings on virtual onboarding, virtual negotiation, and facilitation
  • Optional readings on productivity in the virtual world, on how to run virtual internships, and the downside of flextime
  • Bonus video on essential rules for managing a remote team
  • Worksheets within the learning journal to track what you learned in week three
  • Handouts containing a rich list of strategies for virtual team management
  • Peer coaching session


Week Four - Conflict Management in Virtual Teams

This lesson includes:

  • Our narrated slides video accompanied by downloadable slides
  • Required readings: on the basics of conflict management in the virtual space
  • Supplementary materials on virtual trust and collaboration
  • A podcast on virtual conflict management
  • Handouts on mitigating virtual conflicts
  • Worksheets within the learning journal to track what we learned together in week four
  • Reflection Question for participants to start a discussion in the discussion forum
  • Peer coaching session



Week Five - Your Resilience as a Team Leader in a New World

This lesson includes:

  • Our narrated slides video accompanied by downloadable slides
  • Required readings on building work-life balance and the right mix of hybridity, digital burnout, and psychological safety
  • Podcasts on managing uncertainty and dealing with the new normal
  • Supplementary readings including reads on the impact of virtuality on gender
  • Worksheets within the learning journal to track what you leaned
  • Reflection Question for participants to start a discussion in the discussion forum
  • Strategies that boost 



Final Week - Leadership Strategies for the Future of Work

  • Our narrated slides video accompanied by downloadable slides
  • Required readings on resisting old routines, transition back to the office
  • Additional readings on the future of work
  • A video interview on the future of NGOs
  • Podcast on culture communication and trust-building
  • Worksheets within the learning journal to track what you learned
  • Reflection Question for participants to discuss with each other in the course forum
  • Peer coaching session

 


We recommend that you block 2-3 hours per week for the course to be able to digest the content within the 40 days course duration. (Of course, as with any learning program, the more time you invest, the more value you will derive).


Every lesson addresses a self-contained topic with narrated slides, videos, readings (both optional and required), podcasts, and your learning journal. All activities are designed based on best practice in adult learning. 





The Learning Journal & Cohort Interaction Examples:

The learning journal (sample screenshot above) is for your personal use. You are encouraged to interact with your peers in the cohort using the questions from the journal through the comment option (see below) on the platform as well as in the WhatsApp group set for your cohort. 

The learning Journal is fillable and downloadable in each lesson. You can download it once and for all and use it across the lessons. It contains some case studies that you can do and self-assessment tools. It is a good tool to keep notes and major learnings and reflect on the aha moments, surprising facts, and actionable objectives on how you plan to incorporate what you learn in your daily routine. 

Finally, we consider the course a safe space for sharing and reflection on practices and thus, everything that is shared within the course needs to stay within the course space.

Happy Learning!


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