Group teams

Managing Remote Teams


Managing individuals and teams remotely poses significant challenges for today’s manager. Despite an explosion of technology options for staying connected while at a distance, the absence of or limited face-to-face contact changes the interpersonal dynamic, makes communication more difficult, and is more likely to lead to misunderstanding and “dropped passes.” It doesn’t have to be this way, with the right tools and the right mindset, you can leverage the talents of your remote workers and teams to achieve performance outcomes that are equal and may even exceed those of more traditional face-to-face relationships.

In this seminar we’ll examine what it takes to build and maintain your team and how to ensure that the team hits its performance targets. Some of the specific areas that we’ll explore in this session include:

  • The unique challenges inherent in managing people and teams virtually or at physically distant locations.
  • Actions for building strong one-on-one relationships despite the physical distances.
  • Strategies for building a sense of team and community when the team rarely or is unable to be physically in the same room at the same time.
  • Managing employee performance at a distance – how to set goals, collaborate, measure results, and provide feedback . . . all virtually.
  • Practical tools for effective communication when face-to-face meetings aren’t practical or frequent.
  • Approaches for problem solving and decision making in a virtual environment.



Location: Online (link will be sent to registered participants)

Dates: No dates set

Fee:  $269

Course not currently scheduled, or call 608-262-3909 to register. BONUS: Place 2 or more spring or summer paid leadership courses in your cart, and use discount code SBDC10 for 10% off. Classes must be purchased in the same transaction.

Registration policy: Payment will be required at time of registration; you must have either a credit card or valid UW-Madison funding string to be able to register.

Cancellation policy: If you cancel before the program begins, there is a $25 cancellation fee. If you cancel after the program begins you will be charged for the full program fee. To cancel, call registration at 608-262-3909.

Disability Statement: Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the UW-Madison SBDC office at to request accommodations.


The Small Business Development Center at UW Madison is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.



Jeff Russell, Russell Consulting

Jeff Russell

Jeff Russell, (MS, UW-Madison) co-director of Russell Consulting, Inc., specializes in helping organizations achieve their goals by successfully responding to the challenges of continuous change. With a focus on leadership, strategic thinking, leading change, and performance coaching, Jeff has guided organizations as diverse as Fortune 500 firms, social and public sector organizations, and small family businesses toward their goals. Jeff received his Masters Degree in Industrial Relations from the UW-Madison where he serves as an ad hoc faculty member for the Small Business Development Center. Jeff also is an adjunct faculty member at UW-Milwaukee, and UWLaCrosse.

Jeff and his wife and business partner Linda have co-authored nine books. Recent publications include: Change Training, Strategic Planning Training, Change Basics, Strategic Planning 101, Ultimate Performance Management, and, most recently, Fearless Performance Reviews (McGraw-Hill, 2012). For more information on Jeff and his work, visit Russell Consulting, Inc.’s website at