Webinar: Charismatic Leadership of Virtual Teams

Scenario

For the German-Polish Chamber of Commerce, we delivered a webinar about charismatic leadership in the time of Covid-19 pandemic.

Clients Challenge

Exceptional circumstances require unique resources … For many managers, virtual meetings and workshops are already part of everyday life. However, managing a virtual and distributed team is an even greater challenge. The webinar, which we conducted in cooperation with the Polish-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, supported those managers who have had little experience in the management of dispersed teams so far. We showed methods and tricks for managing a virtual team. Managers often have a natural fear of working online. Especially when it comes to such personal and difficult topics as delegating, motivating, encouraging employees to accomplish and follow directions. The webinar aimed at the management style and how to adapt it to the conditions of virtual work. The target group were members companies of Polish-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which during a crisis (Covid-19 pandemic) faced the challenge of working from home and wanted to prepare for online work with a distributed team.

Our Scenario

Our webinar discussed which leadership styles work in virtual work. It also looked at how you can use personal attributes/personality traits to your advantage while having a limited impact due to the virtual environment. Also, it explained what elements of charisma work well online and translate into team effectiveness. Key concepts discussed: leadership styles, authentic leadership, charisma and leadership, exerting influence in a dispersed team. Magdalena Kishizawa led the webinar. She is a consultant with twenty years of international experience and ten years of experience in working with teams spread around the world (for companies such as Bombardier, Porsche and Perkin Elmer). She is a coach, trainer and also works during a Covid-19 pandemic as a crisis psychotherapist.

Individual Development Program of Managing Director (Finance)

Scenario

The client was a German financial leasing company based in Germany. Polish subsidiary in Warsaw required a Polish- and German-speaking consultant to set and deliver a personal development program for the Managing Director in Poland to identify ways to manage her team and develop the company.

Client Challenge

The MD needed to work on her personal and leadership potential to better manage the team and company targets. She wanted to gain an increased understanding of how a team works and which roles are given within a team and how this affects the dynamic and performance. She also wanted to explore personal and company goals and identify key milestones for the year ahead.

Our Way

Individual Development Program was composed of five elements; orientation and assessment, face-to-face coaching (6 two-hour sessions), in-between assignments with online coaching tool, feedback and learning activities.

Development Program took about six months and was delivered by Magdalena Kishizawa. Magdalena is a Polish speaking trainer and coach with an experience in financial industry and knowledge of the Polish and German market. She worked for major German and Polish banks on Learning & Development projects.

Effective Communication in Matrix Organisational Structure. Leadership Program. (Logistic)

Scenario

The client was a Polish logistics operator which had undergone many changes in the previous ten years which included being privatised and then being sold to a total equity company.

Clients Challenge

The company managers required a training program to assist with the transition to leadership within a matrix organisation. They needed a training program that would equip 120 managers from operations to lead change within their departments.

Our Way

Two day leadership training in Polish. Topics included; challenges in matrix organisation, leading and influencing direct and non-direct reports, effective communication (from giving feedback to effective email communication), working in a virtual environment, motivating others and managing change. Additionally, three months later we delivered a group coaching session which addressed case studies brought by the participants. Individual coaching sessions were also provided for managers working in operations where they had to strengthen their influencing skills.

Training Programm was delivered by Magdalena Kishizawa. She is an experienced trainer with 20 years of experience in training of managers different levels: from team leaders to executives. She studied at the University of Heidelberg in Germany (Diplom-Psychology), Catholic University of Lublin in Poland (Education Science) and School of Management of University of Bradford (Master of Business Administration). She delivers her training in English, German and Polish. With her dynamic, optimistic and empathic approach, Magdalena brings teams together, set a safe space for exchange and support participants while they are trying new approaches and overcome challenges. She worked herself in a global matrix organisation and knows challenges, which managers face while leading their teams in a matrix and a fast-growing environment.

Safety Culture Workshop (Transportation)

Scenario

The client was a large international engineering company with sites around the World. As a part of the worldwide project, we were asked to support a production site in Poland.

Clients Challenge

The client needed to strengthen a culture of safety consciousness and safe behaviour by getting the employees involved and participating rather than taking a passive role. They wanted to encourage proactive safety thinking with employees agreeing on rules which are more likely to be identified with and followed than those which have been imposed.

Our Way

We delivered an initial workshop with the management team to introduce JSA (job safety analysis), a systematic safety tool, to identify and assess work-related risks, and agree on the process of delivery. Afterwards, the tool was introduced to all team leaders and managers in a series of workshops. Participants were able to try and learn the method in role plays. 3 months later, our consultant observed participants using JSA method in the workplace and gave them feedback with advice on how they could improve while discussing with their employees dangerous behaviors.

The training was delivered in Polish and English by two experienced trainers with psychological background. Both trainers have worked within production and transportation industry for over a decade and have a very good overview of the specifics of the polish market. This project and other safety culture projects are delivered in cooperation with MIT GmbH in Poland, Portugal and Spain and South America by a native speaking industrial psychologists. 

Working in Portugal. Individual Training for Expat (Finance)

Scenario

The client was working for a global bank operating in 77 countries with a new Shared Service Centre in Lisbon, Portugal. He was establishing a new team with a new reporting structure and it was his first experience of working with a Portuguese team.

Clients Challenge

He was a recently appointed manager with no prior experience of living and working in Portugal. He required specific cultural information to help him in his new leadership role, particularly how to lead a Portuguese team but also information that would help him manage his personal situation in a new country.

Our Way

6 hours individual session delivered in English. In this session we explored general information about living in Portugal and more theoretical cultural insights such as different communication and leadership styles in Portugal and low context versus high context in giving and receiving feedback. This was to help in how he communicated and managed business in a work and personal context.

The session was led in English by a consultant, Magdalena Kishizawa, who lives and works in Portugal since 8 years. Magdalena has 20 years experience in working globally and has worked with participants from more than 20 different cultures. She lived and worked in Germany, Irland, United Kingdom and Portugal and is very closely connected with Japanese culture via her family links. She studied at the University of Heidelberg in Germany (Diplom-Psychology), Catholic University of Lublin in Poland (Education Science) and School of Management of University of Bradford (Master of Business Administration). She works in English, German and Polish.

Arriving at Your Own Leadership Style: Discover Your Strengths. Workshop (Logistic)

Scenario

The client was a Polish logistics operator which had undergone many changes in the previous ten years which included being privatised and then being sold to a total equity company.

Client Challenge

The managers working in the headquarters needed to change their leadership styles to suit their changing roles and company values. They had to focus more on developing relationships and influencing rather than issuing direct orders.

Our Way

The managers had previously participated in communication and leadership workshops with us. In this two-day workshop, we focussed on personal development and potential. The consultant had analysed their Hogan assessments to be able to give individual targets and explain how they can influence and recognise their own limitations. For the group coaching session, we used the Blue Ocean Leadership Grid as an inspiration for how to approach personal changes. The workshop was delivered in Polish by a Hogan Assessment certified leadership trainer, Magdalena Kishizawa.

Magdalena is an experienced trainer with 20 years of training of managers different levels: from team leaders to executives. She works internationally, with different cultures and within different organisational structures. She has experience working in a global matrix organization and with logistic industry. She studied at the University of Heidelberg in Germany (Diplom-Psychology), Catholic University of Lublin in Poland (Education Science) and School of Management of University of Bradford (Master of Business Administration). She delivers her trainings in English, German and Polish. With her dynamic and enthusiastic approach, she creates an open environment for exchange and pushes participants to test their limits and overcome barriers and try new things.

Sales Skills Academy (Retail)

Scenario

The client was an association of wholesalers of household goods which was founded in Germany in the seventies. It is composed of more than 100 independent partner companies and is active in Germany and 16 other European countries.

Clients Challenge

The German mother company already had a sales and leadership skills academy. However, with the growing business in Poland, it was decided that this should be locally introduced for the companies within the Polish network. They required Polish trainers with an understanding of the needs of the Polish market and workplace rather than taking German trainers from the German Sales Academy.

Our Way

First we had interviews with the company owners within the network to understand their needs. Then we ran a workshop with company managers about their needs and conducted observations on the job with sales, office, technical support and retail teams. Using this information, we set up the training process (with participant preparation and after-training support) and suggested 10 training topics to start. The training academy has grown since 2014 and delivers courses on over 50 topics in cooperation with freelance trainers. The training analysis and communication was carried out in Polish.

Magdalena Kishizawa, was a part of the consulting team and works since 2014 as a trainer for a Sales Academy. She delivers trainings on personal development for employees and managers of the association. It is a polish speaking project and all trainings are delivered in Poland. Magdalena brings great experience and business integrity to this project. She motivates participants to make perosnal changes and gives an advice how to overcome personal bareers and challenges. She delivers trainings: Productivity in VUCA Environment, Assertiveness and Personal Impact and Branding.

Executive Coaching of Managing Director (Confectionery)

Scenario

The client is a privately held global manufacturer of confectionery. Its corporate headquarter is in Netherlands. The organisation in Poland had undergone many changes in the preceding years (e.g. production had been moved to another country and many workers had been made redundant). The entire site function changed from production to sales. A new polish MD, without previous MD experience, was moved internally and the newly appointed management team needed to be consolidated and to establish new ways of working together in this different environment.

Client Challenge

The development areas identified were assertiveness, decision-making and prioritisation, and the implementation of actions in an insecure environment. Later, we worked on change management and team development. The MD needed to improve his image as a manager and required leadership coaching, to be perceived as assertive and gain respect. This could then lead to the establishment of a fully-functioning management team capable of implementing the required changes within the organisation.

Our way

The coaching process was composed of five elements: An orientation and assessment session, face-to-face sessions (4 sessions at 2 hours each), in-between assignments (followed up with online coaching platform), telephone coaching (5 sessions at 1 hour each), and a feedback and development session. Coaching took place over eight months and was conducted in Polish by Magdalena Kishizawa.

Magdalena is an experienced coach with 15 years of experience in coaching of managers different levels: from team leaders to executives. She works internationally and with different cultures. She studied at the University of Heidelberg in Germany (Diplom-Psychology), Catholic University of Lublin in Poland (Education Science) and School of Management of University of Bradford (Master of Business Administration). She has systemic background in coaching, coaches for large corporate clients and private clients and delivers her coaching in English, German and Polish. With her dynamic, optimistic and empathic approach, Magdalena brings great experience and business integrity allowing her to work closely with coachees to achieve sustainable results and increased personal effectiveness.

Introduction of a new Performance Management System (Manufacturing)

Scenario

Our client was a manufacturer of materials handling equipment with subsidiaries in Europe, Northern America and Asia. The company employs 30000 employees worldwide and in Poland around 100 sales employees.

Client Challenge:

In the European part of the organisation, the customer introduced a new performance management tool, which should also be used in all subsidiaries. Before reconstruction of the Human Resource department on the European level, each subsidiary had a local Performance Management system. Therefore our goal was to introduce new company-wide Performance Management system, create a shared understanding for purpose, content and procedure of the performance management and the manager’s role and to prepare participants for the Employee Dialogue and gain more confidence during Employee Dialogue.

Our way:

After an introduction of the Performance System to regional HR Partners, we run one days training for all local managers. The training concentrated on showing the advantages of Performance Management for all employees. It was particularly important as the managers had to recognise the necessity for global Performance System. After the discussion about the disadvantages and advantages of global appraisal system, we concentrated on practicing the employee’s reviews. We refreshed such theoretical background as SMART goal setting, types of questions, the structure of employee dialogue, coaching matrix (e.g. when and how to develop employees), formulating behaviour-based feedback. We finished the training with role plays.