Course Introduction


Here's how we'll help you learn:


Why you are finding that some team dynamics and ways of working are more challenging for you as leader to optimize

What you can do differently as team leader, strategically, to create a maximally motivated, happy and productive team

What management tools, tips and tricks you can use on a daily basis to keep your team(s) ‘humming’

How to increase the resilience of yourself as virtual team leader, and that of your team, and how to prevent 'digital fatigue' and burnout

How to apply your best conflict management skills in the setting of virtual (or hybrid) teams

How to strategically design your organization and your team’s ways of working for the 'new employee experience' — for the long term, well beyond the global pandemic

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Course Objectives


  1. Help you as a team leader understand why virtual (or hybrid) teams face some specific challenges - as well as opportunities!
  2. Offer you leadership solutions as well as managerial tools, tips, and tricks to increase your team's motivation, effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity
  3. Increase your skills in fostering trust, bonding, and psychological safety in your virtual (or hybrid) teams
  4. Strengthen your ability to communicate your expectations clearly, provide for efficient communication 'protocols' among team members as well as with you, and align your team's ways of working
  5. Strengthen your conflict management skills in a virtual environment
  6. Increase your resilience and that of your team, for better creativity and to prevent work burnout


Virtual Team Leadership course: User experience


Frequently Asked Questions About the Full, Fee-Based Course



What’s the nature of the full course?

The course will have a six-week duration and you will be part of a cohort of peer leaders. Cohorts will have a limited size to provide for interactivity as well as personalized attention. Depending on what course tier you choose, you will benefit from:

  • Weekly narrated slide decks
  • Worksheets to apply what you have learned and to provide for reflection
  • Curated readings, podcast episodes and videos
  • Four group coaching calls and two ‘drop in’ hours with the coach for Q&A (for those who purchase tier 1 + 2 only)
  • Use of cases and scenarios to apply what you have learned
  • Instant chatting function for peer support and access to the coach
  • Personalized, in-depth coaching support (for those who purchase the highest course tier)

Note that if you choose tier 3, this means your course experience will be 100% self-paced and asynchronous. You will miss out on the group coaching sessions and ‘drop in’ hours. According to participant evaluations for tier 1 + 2, these peer coaching opportunities are highly valued.


How long are the coaching calls and when do they take place?

They will all be scheduled at the same time each week, starting from the week of February 28 through April 8, 2022. For easy scheduling, the exact time will be determined once the composition of each cohort is clear so that we can take the time zones of participants into account.  


How much time should I imagine the course will take each week?

You should expect the course to take 2-3 hours of your time each week; of course, as with every learning investment, the more you make use of the learning resources, the more benefit you will gain. 


Will the group coaching sessions allow for much interactivity?

Yes, we will use these calls to showcase and practice how virtual meetings need to be interactive in order to be effective and engaging. Moreover, we will engage in peer coaching so you will actively engage with your peers. To have your questions addressed to the maximum extent, you may want to opt for Tier 1, which offers tailored, one on one coaching support. 


How will I have opportunities to practice what I've learned?

You will be encouraged to use worksheets and a learning journal to reflect on your application of lessons learned in your teams. You will also sometimes use case studies or scenarios to practice the skills you will have learned. 


How will I pay for the full, fee-based course? And what is your cancellation policy?

You can register and pay by credit card for the course via this Teachable platform.

If you need to receive an invoice for your course payment, please email us at: [email protected].

We understand that there may be circumstances in which you may need to cancel. In that case, we are happy to issue refunds (minus a $50 administration fee.as long as you have notified us in writing at least five (5) business days before the course start date, Monday, February 28, 2022. This means Tuesday February 22, 2022 is the last day to notify us of such a need to cancel. Please email us at [email protected] in that case. Please note we will not be able to issue refunds past Tuesday February 22, 2022.

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HERE’S WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY ABOUT COURSE


Sofia Sprechmann

Secretary General, CARE International


The course was a very special gift at this complex time: because of the relevant reading materials/podcasts selected, because of the exchange with amazing participants, and because of the wisdom and facilitation skills of Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken and Ahmed Abdelhakim Hachelaf. They so ably framed the issues that we are all confronted with by working virtually, and proposed solutions that made a difference from the very first day. Deeply grateful for the depth of their experience which they so generously shared.

Kim Perrow

(Senior Director, Donor Engagement, Heifer International)


"The benefit of this course was that it helped me rethink my approach in building a more sustainable virtual teamwork environment."

Philippe Rosen

(Senior Director, Global Operations, The Hunger Project)


"Having the opportunity to have close, realistic coaching, attached to daily virtual work, provides security to accompany the transformation of "business as usual" and strengthen staff leadership.”

Monica Maasen

(Head of Change Management, Learning and Communications, Oxfam International)


"I really valued the 'Post-Pandemic Virtual Leadership Essentials' course because of the set up with a weekly coaching session on Friday and, because of the well selected readings, videos and podcast material every week. Tosca and Ahmed also shared their knowledge and experience and facilitated the sessions very well"

Illah Evans

(HelpAge International)


"The course enabled me to facilitate great discussions on our working environment post-pandemic, and also to better understand the conditions in which colleagues work in order to accomplish the work objectives."

Chad Avery

(General Counsel, Heifer International)


"The course helped us make concrete improvements in our approach to virtual teams and built a real sense of community among the attendees. We completed each class with tools we could apply that same day. I highly recommend the course and the coaches."

Alex Cole-Hamilton (Independent consultant)


"I've just finished a brilliant course on Post Pandemic Leadership Team Essentials. Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken and Ahmed Abdelhakim Hachelaf share a wealth of materials and facilitate insightful discussions about how to successfully lead in virtual and hybrid working environments.”

Example Curriculum

  Course Overview and Components
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  Week One - Virtual Team Leadership: Specific Challenges
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  Week Two - Specific Leadership-Level Solutions
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  Week Three - Virtual Team Management Tips, Tricks & Tools
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  Week Four - Conflict Management in Virtual Teams
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  Week Five - Your Resilience as a Team Leader in a New World
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  Final Week - Leadership Strategies for the Future of Work
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  Week Seven: Bonus Lesson!
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Choose a Pricing Option that Fits your Leadership Needs



At this time, we have not yet determined new course dates. Therefore please do NOT enroll yet, but sign up for our waiting list instead by clicking on this link:

https://5oaksconsulting.org/email/


Price includes VAT/sales tax, mandated by Teachable based on respective country policies.

Still have questions or need more information?


Schedule a personal consultation with Tosca or Ahmed. We would be happy to speak with you about any questions about the course.