When moving to a hybrid working environment as a leader, the journey can be fraught with new challenges, unseen inefficiencies and a sense that there’s something… missing. But what is that something, and how do you ensure that your processes and leadership approaches are meeting the mark for a high performing hybrid team?
Whilst there’s plenty of articles and videos online about hybrid team leadership and remote working practices, sometimes what you need is a handbook to guide the way. Keep reading for some relevant and contextual books for leaders and organisations adopting a hybrid working environment.
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Books for leaders and organisations adopting a hybrid working environment
Digital Body Language – Erica Dhawan
In a hybrid working environment there is significantly less opportunity for non-verbal communication to be noticed and interpreted. This can quickly lead to confusion and miscommunication between team members. In Digital Body Language, Erica Dhawan, a go-to thought leader on collaboration and a passionate communication junkie, combines cutting edge research with engaging storytelling to decode the new signals and cues that have replaced traditional body language across genders, generations, and culture.
Work From Anywhere – Alison and Darren Hill
For both leaders and organisations at large it’s incredibly important that the move to a hybrid working environment is planned for and intentionally crafted. With the Work From Anywhere book, you’ll be well placed to create a strong foundation for your hybrid workforce bolstered by a clear focus on the three areas of performance, culture and autonomy. Throughout the book leaders will be taken on a journey with real-world examples throughout enabling high performance for hybrid teams.
Re-Imagining Collaboration – Phil Simon
For hybrid teams to remain effective and united despite differences in workspace and potentially timezones, collaboration needs to be taken seriously. This book is ideal for HR professionals, knowledge workers, executives, remote workers, and small business owners, this timely, ambitious, and provocative book offers concrete tips for companies and groups on how to transform the way they work by embracing hubs, spokes, and other concepts.
Dealing with the Tough Stuff – Darren Hill, Alison Hill, Dr Sean Richardson
Dealing with the Tough Stuff debuted as a top 10 Australian business book, and since its release has been translated into three languages. Based on psychological theory and tried-and-true workplace practice, Dealing with the Tough Stuff assists leaders to implement practical and pragmatic strategies for managing conversations and conflict situations effectively. With new chapters added to keep pace with the challenges of today’s fast-paced and often fragmented workplace, this fully revised edition includes a wealth of new material for overcoming common workplace communication problems.
The Long Distance Leader
For leaders that are tasked with guiding and supporting team members spread across the world, this book is a useful guide. A practical and impactful ‘Three O’ model is used to refocus leaders to think about outcomes, others, and ourselves–elements of leadership that remain unchanged, whether employees are down the hall or halfway around the world. Filled with exercises that ensure projects stay on track, keep productivity and morale high, and build lasting relationships, this book is a fantastic guide for leading effectively, no matter where people work.
As you can see, there are plenty of useful and contextual books out there to help you lead effectively in a hybrid working environment. For organisations looking for a more robust training option to enable high quality learning outcomes for their hybrid teams, look no further than the world-class PTV studios.