April 26, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

$395 - Includes tuition and access to VirBELA

Class will be held in the VirBELA virtual world. Additional login information will be provided after registration.


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About the Program

Today’s corporate teams are commonly scattered around the world. Leading a team that has limited face-to-face contact presents challenges. Trust and communication are at the core of successful teamwork and they are harder to establish remotely. Conflict is also harder to detect and manage in dispersed teams. This class leverages VirBELA’s virtual world to offer a unique way of addressing these challenges. Participants engage in highly interactive activities to learn how to more effectively build trust and communication virtually, and to bring their own distributed teams to higher levels of performance.

Key Topics

Participants in Managing High Performing Distributed Teams will learn to:

  • Know what to look for when hiring managers and employees for successful remote teamwork
  • Establish communication and trust in virtual environments
  • Choose the right tool for the task
  • Manage conflict and deliver performance feedback in an appropriate manner
  • Measure performance of "invisible" employees
  • Combat social isolation and build team identity

Take Away

This course provides solutions to the unique challenges of distributed teams such as:

  • Monitoring performance
  • Inspiring teamwork
  • Maintaining culture
  • Developing trust
  • Building interpersonal relationships with limited face-to-face contact
  • Coordinating across time zones and cultures
  • Using state-of-the-art tools to manage virtually

About VirBELA


Dr. Joanie B. Connell is an organizational consultant and leadership coach who specializes in maximizing leadership potential. She works with companies to attract, develop, and retain top talent. She works with individuals to improve their success and happiness in their careers. She is also an author of a soon-to-be-released book called “Flying without a Helicopter: How to Prepare Young People for Work and Life.”

As a consultant, Joanie develops leaders across generations. She coaches executives and youth at Flexible Work Solutions. She consults with organizations in a variety of areas, including executive leadership development, diversity, generations, flexible work arrangements, work-life balance, life transitions, character and ethics, team building, and virtual teams. Her clients are from Fortune 100 companies, not-for-profit, and government agencies and high tech, biotech, healthcare, finance, legal and other industries.

As a professor, she teaches/has taught business and psychology students of all ages at the Rady School of Management at the University of California San Diego, the Marshall Goldsmith School of Management at Alliant International University, and in the Masters in Human Behavior program at National University.

Joanie earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in Engineering from Harvard University.


*The Rady School of Management Center for Executive Development (CED) may change, postpone or cancel a class at any time.  We do not provide refunds for any fees related to travel, including but not limited to gas, bus fare, train tickets, airline tickets, etc.  Certificate requirements may also change. We will provide as much notice as possible should this occur.