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Mid-life Management Crisis (part of the Virtual Team Comic Relief Series)

Posted by AIM Strategies® Team on Jun 25th, 2014

Maria Boss 1aWhen did it happen? You had fresh ideas, a new suit, and a promising future. Then one day you woke up to a recollection of a thought, a thousand responsibilities, and a promising diet plan. Your staff speaks CSS, PHP, Ruby, XML, and a few hundred more trendy abbreviations you aren’t quite sure are related to the internet, a reality star, or an expletive; but you do know it is exhausting trying to keep up. Heck you remember mimeographs — try slipping that one into a virtual watercooler conversation and it’s death by silence.


So it happened, you’ve become the slowly aging portrait to their perpetual youth. The truth is you have entered the 20/20s. The career no-man’s-land twenty years in and a good twenty to go, where you are neither young nor old and your mind is racing with quality of life decisions you’ve made. Then, like every week, Sally, the effervescent recent MBA grad from Omaha knocks on your door to tell you the QIB (quarterly investment bonds) report has been updated and is ready for your review. She smiles in that way that asks for approval as Jack, your boss, your mentor, your friend pops up behind her with that charming twinkle in his eye to say the client is over the moon about your presentation and are you free for lunch on Thursday. Before you can answer, the team manager for your division in Hong Kong rings in and your admin drops off the folder for the Skype call you scheduled. You give Jack a thumbs up on lunch, thank your admin, smile politely to Sally with a, “I’ll follow up after my call”, and engage Hong Kong. As reality floods back into your conscience you laugh to yourself, aware you’re good at what you do and are respected for your contribution. You’ve made quality choices all along; and you are as excited for the next twenty as you were for the first.

Questioning your value is common. Understanding that decisions are made in moments when the best possible information is before us is important. Being nostalgic about the past is healthy, however, dwelling on mistakes made and/or paths not taken is not. If you find yourself stuck in a holding pattern about choices past and present, complete an assessment exercise and update your LinkedIn page. Visual inventories of accomplishments and/or goals will help.
Reconnect with us next week for examples of assessment exercises and action plans you can implement to stay focused and fresh throughout your professional journey.

Virtual Team Comic Relief: Look At Me, I’m Tworking!!!

Posted by AIM Strategies® Team on Apr 4th, 2014

“Exactly when did the crazy cat lady drop off this box of kittens to manage?” you ask yourself after another epic fail to reach your virtual team. Sure you handpicked them, sure you love their energy, and sure you benefit from your global footprint, but are you asking too much for a little communication now and then? Just as you are about to take extreme measures, Michael, your friend [...] Continue Reading…

Virtual Team Comic Relief: Just In Time For Cocktails – Part 2

Posted by AIM Strategies® Team on Mar 29th, 2014

You may recall our recent post describing a scenario not uncommon to most teams – multiple complications with an added network failure to liven things up. If you didn’t get a chance, you can read it here, Virtual Team Comic Relief: Just In Time For Cocktails, before continuing with Part 2 below. (We don’t want to spoil the story for you.)
So the question posed in Part 1 was “What [...] Continue Reading…

Workplace Trends: Green, Green, My Staff Is Green

Posted by AIM Strategies® Team on Mar 26th, 2014

Green Staff – Now that could mean a lot of things, right?  Maybe they just fell off a turnip truck, maybe they are envious of your new office furniture…or maybe, just maybe…they are among the 2.9 million US telecommuters who save 390 million gallons of gas and prevent the release of 3.6 million tons of greenhouse gas yearly according to Telework Research Network (TRN).
Telecommuting is increasing for many reasons. [...] Continue Reading…

Virtual Team Comic Relief: Just In Time For Cocktails

Posted by AIM Strategies® Team on Mar 14th, 2014

t’s 12 noon, the in-person Chicago meeting you led just ended; the client wants answers; John is heading home from the UK office; Seiko in Japan is asleep; you’re expected in Atlanta for dinner with your spouse and your spouse’s boss; and the network just went down.  These are real-world issues for the 21st century executive.  What do you do next?  You’ve built your team’s success around work/life balance [...] Continue Reading…

4 Tips For Finding The Best Coach For You

Posted by Yael Zofi on Mar 12th, 2014

Winter comes and goes, but a quality executive coach weathers all seasons.
We just released the latest edition of our signature AIM® Newsletter featuring a piece on choosing an executive coach. Many of you have shared that it is not easy to find a person who ‘gets you’ from a business perspective, understands your capabilities, and has your interest in mind when offering advice. In this eNews segment, I provide [...] Continue Reading…

A Look Back

Posted by Yael Zofi on Feb 4th, 2014

Last year was another year of relentless change and great uncertainty in a constantly shifting world. Technological marvels and geo-political upheavals once again filled headlines all year long. Our focus at AIM continues to be helping our core audience navigate the complexities inherent in 21st century leadership. Through an exceptionally busy year we worked with the ever-expanding virtual community, helping organizations connect their people resources to achieve business goals. [...] Continue Reading…

Facilitate Now!!!

Posted by Yael Zofi on Jan 22nd, 2014

Yael’s Presentation At The International Association of Facilitators (IAF) NYC Chapter
Do you often find yourself having to lead a group of people, perhaps at church or philanthropic events or on a conference call, and wish you had more training?  Or, are you a professional facilitator at work and want to learn new techniques?  There is an excellent group of people and an organization I would like to recommend to [...] Continue Reading…

Happy New Year from AIM Strategies®!!

Posted by Yael Zofi on Jan 7th, 2014


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Posted by Yael Zofi on Dec 19th, 2013

Where you will want to look now for expert advice on Virtual Teams Management is


I’m pleased to announce the launch of my new branding site full of resources to read, download, purchase and contact.
Through encouragement from clients and colleagues, I’ve designed an accessible and immediate site rich with content on my more than 20 years of experience as an HR professional, researcher and consultant. Over the course of [...] Continue Reading…

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