Leading and Motivating Dispersed Teams

Examine what it takes to successfully work with, and lead, distanced teams. Acquire critical skills leaders and members of a virtual team need for creating, maintaining and motivating successful virtual teams.

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In the digital age, people are traveling less and meeting face-to-face less frequently with their fellow team members and leaders. Virtual teams are already a fact of the global marketplace as companies leverage global talent, and technology facilitates better communication. Acquire critical skills leaders and members of a virtual team need for creating, maintaining and motivating successful virtual teams. Effectively navigate the challenges and obstacles related to working virtually. Draw from recent research to identify a two-stage model of distance leadership. Develop a plan to more effectively work with and lead teams who don't share a physical space.

This class is available for university credit. Please contact Lynn Slattery at Lynn.Slattery@mccombs.utexas.edu or 512.471.5893 for more information.

Managing People and Leading Teams

Equip yourself with the strategies and the management savvy to foster highly effective communication and collaboration.

Two-Day Concentrated Program

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and class runs 8:30 – 4:30 both days with a one-hour networking lunch included.

Austin, Texas

Enjoy proximity to the vibrancy of the campus and downtown Austin, and the innovative, business-friendly environment of the city.


  • Learn why virtual teams are so important to organizations today and understand the dynamics
  • Discover tools for managing people from afar
  • Acquire strategies for communicating effectively with distanced team members
  • Work with the two-stage model of virtual leadership
  • Recognize your employees' development needs
  • Identify appropriate resources for employee development
  • Discuss what keeps valued employees from leaving when working from a distance
  • Know how to use the performance management process as a retention tool


  • Recognizing technical, interpersonal and cultural issues facing virtual team
  • Exploring factors for effective virtual teamwor
  • Examining best practices in leading local and global virtual team
  • Assessing perspectives, harnessing aptitudes, minimizing weaknesses, setting expectations and managing performance of diverse employees with limited contact
  • Benefits and drawbacks of dispersed working environment
  • Audio conferencing

Additional Information

CEUs: Participants earn 1.4 CEUs and/or 14 CPEs for this course. A certificate of completion will be presented from Texas Executive Education.
Course Credits: 1.00
Hotel Information: Texas Executive Education classes qualify for discounted hotel room rates at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on a limited basis. Discount code will be provided via email after class registration.


Y. Sekou Bermiss

Dr. Sekou Bermiss is an Associate Professor of Management at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY), and a M.S. and Ph.D in Management and Organizations from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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John Daly

Dr. John Daly is the Liddell Professor in the Moody College of Communication, Regents Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Texas Commerce Bancshares Professor of Management at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Deirdre Mendez

Dr. Deirdre Mendez is a member of the faculty of the Department of Management. She teaches intercultural management and teambuilding to undergraduates, MBA students, and executives. Dr. Mendez is also Associate Director for Cultural Education of the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at The University of Texas at Austin.

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More Testimonials

  • "The ability to apply Dr. Mendez's toolkit was an excellent resource that will provide value beyond the course."

    - Harrison "Cody" Girod, Principal Consultant, salesforce.com

  • "Important information as team dynamics continue to change from a geography standpoint."

    - Pamela Tyler, Senior Purchasing Manager, DPT Labs

Upcoming Sessions

Leading and Motivating Dispersed Teams (In-Person)

Price: $2,950.00


12/05/19 - 12/06/19


Rowling Hall 300 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Austin, TX 78701

Deirdre Mendez
Y. Sekou Bermiss
John Daly

06/02/20 - 06/03/20


Rowling Hall 300 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Austin, TX 78701

Y. Sekou Bermiss
Doug Dierking
John Daly