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Continuing Studies

Leading from a Distance: Team Building in a Hybrid World

continuingstudies.wisc.edu/0850-C-PDAS See upcoming dates


This program includes live online sessions and some self-directed learning exercises in Canvas. The self-directed learning exercises will be available in Canvas one week before the live session and should be completed before that date.

This class is open to anyone interested in the topic. It is also a required part of the Mid-Level Management Certificate.


Hybrid and remote work environments are the new norm. Research shows that for remote-capable employees, hybrid is now the dominant work pattern. The good news is that hybrid workers are more engaged at work, experience less burnout, and are less likely to quit. Findings are similar for fully remote team members*.

The bad news is that many organizations and their leaders struggle with how to leverage the benefits and manage the challenges*. These organizations are missing the benefits!

*Gallup. October 9, 2023. The Future of the Office Has Arrived: It’s Hybrid.

In this program, participants will learn best practices for workplace communication and collaboration, relationship building and how they’re different from face-to-face interactions. They’ll consider onboarding new members, and how a team member dashboard is a useful tool to provide feedback, assess performance, and avoid proximity bias.

Participants will be able to:

  • Connect and align team members behind their team’s purpose and vision.
  • Apply communication practices to build trust and collaboration among onsite, remote, and hybrid team members.
  • Assess and apply key competencies of high performing team leaders and members.
  • Apply best practices to track and assess performance, lead productive and engaging virtual meetings, and facilitate team collaboration and decision making.
  • Employ techniques to engage team members through recognition and reward practices.

Overview: Extra Information

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Division of Continuing Studies is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 9
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units .9

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Program Questions?

Contact Katie Holt at katie.holt@wisc.edu

Registration Questions?

Email registrations@pyle.wisc.edu or call 608-262-2451.

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Meet your instructor

Lee S. Johnsen


(MA, Truman State Univ., CPT, CPLP, SPHR) is a respected leader, author, and facilitator in the fields of virtual team management, leadership development and performance improvement. With a background in national and international business and counseling, Lee brings his unique expertise to helping leaders with issues of strategic planning, employee engagement and professional development.

What Attendees Are Saying

Leading at a Distance provides a well-delivered course to help managers take a reflective step back and consider how they, their team members, and their project(s) are doing, and next steps for feeling more confident in managing well.
Marite Hagman, University of Wisconsin
I appreciated Lee's sincere commitment to assisting and supporting teams. His model is well articulated and useful.
Overall the models and systematic way of evaluating teams and breaking things down was great!