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Learning to manage remotely may transform how we think about and practice management

Management by walking around isn't possible when a large segment of your work force is working from home. You can't walk by the team room, sense the buzz, see what's on the task wall, engage in conversation, ask questions. Casual conversations don't happen naturally.


Some companies resorted to surveillance software to track clicks and keystrokes. But there is another approach. One that will serve us now AND  when we have the option to be back in the office.

By: Esther Derby

Date: Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM in Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Where: Zoom (link will be sent in email)


Esther Derby

Esther draws on four decades of experience leading, observing, and living through organizational change. Esther started her career as a programmer, and quickly realized that while her job description referred to computers, her real work involved changing the way people worked, and supporting them though that process. In 1997, she founded esther derby associates, inc., and works with a broad array of clients from Fortune 500 companies to start ups. Her approach blends attention to humans and deep knowledge of complex adaptive systems.


In addition to consulting, Esther has an extensive background in designing and leading experiential learning. She teaches workshops both on-line and in-person around the world. Her workshops support leaders to explore how they can adapt the environment to amplify empowerment, engage in joint problem-solving, and evolve their systems towards better results.


Esther is co-author of Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management (2005), a guide for people as they make the transition from technical work to management work, and Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great (2006), a process for teams to inspect, adapt, and improve the way they work. She has also published hundreds of articles, many of which are available on her website,


Esther lives in northern Minnesota, near the shores of Lake Superior. She enjoys cooking from her northern garden, making garments with pockets, quilting, and baking bread.


Esther has a BA from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from the University of St. Catherine.


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