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Action Accelerators

Online training that builds essential collaboration skills in two, intensive 90-minute sessions (instructor led)

 Help your leaders engage a distributed workforce. Give virtual team members the skills and tools to stay connected, productive, and accountable from home and across distances and differences.


How Action Accelerators Work

An Action Accelerator is comprised of two 90-minute online sessions spread over 2-4 weeks. Participants are provided guidelines for applying the target skills in the period between sessions. For a breakdown of the steps, scroll down or click here.

Topics and Skills Covered

Action Accelerators tackle common and nagging challenges facing leaders and team members who work remotely: influencing stakeholders, leading online meetings, giving feedback, reconciling differences, and presenting online. Scroll down for a complete list of topics or click here.



Learning Journey



Step 1

Self-Paced Orientation

Read the course overview, answer a few questions, and begin to focus your expectations on the upcoming webinar.


Step 2

Knowledge Acquisition Webinar
Instructors present a framework & tools, then show how to use them. 


Step 3

Apply Skills at Work

Return to work with assignment to apply what you’ve learned.


Step 4

Practice Lab

Share your experience, receive feedback and coaching from IA coach and peers. Demonstrate your skills and achieve results.

Short Descriptions

Action Accelerators

A complete list of our Action Accelerators. To view an individual program, click on the title. If you'd like to download a summary of all the programs, click here.

Set Up Distributed Teams
Best practices for setting direction, maintaining focus, and sharing responsibility for success — for new teams or boosting existing teams 

Lead with Purpose & Empathy
Learn how successful leaders connect with virtual team members, increase psychological safety, foster personal accountability, and share responsibility for success

Really Listen & Understand People
Techniques for hearing and understanding people more accurately, appreciating alternative points of view, and encouraging honest communication

Engage Everyone in Online Meetings
Facilitative techniques for focusing attention, including everyone, generating ideas, and noting ideas on a common visual display

Build Trust & Rapport in the Virtual Workplace
Ways to assemble the building blocks of trust when working in different locations: dependability, values congruence, transparency, competence, and focused intention

Raise & Address Difficult Subjects
Techniques for initiating difficult conversations, helping colleagues say what’s on their minds, and develop team norms for addressing hard topics

Give Feedback from a Distance
Learn how to observe others’ actions and behaviors from a distance in order to (a) provide constructive feedback, and (b) support virtual colleagues in responding to a request for a change in their behavior.

Tame the Online Meeting Monster
Techniques for planning the meeting, keeping people on track, building agreements, and completing with clear and practical action plans

Present Online with Confidence
Techniques to engage and command the attention of listeners by using compelling messages, attractive visuals, and vocal variety

Influence Stakeholders from a Distance
Techniques for shaping the opinions and behavior of people whose support we want, but over whom we may have little authority

Reconcile Differences on Virtual Teams
Techniques for handling disagreements when working from a distance so you can get back to collaborating versus competing and withholding support

Ask Better Questions to Get Better Solutions
Ways to spot biased and limiting questions (mental quicksand) and to fashion questions, problem definitions, and opportunity statements that hit the mark

Reach Agreement with Virtual Co-Workers
Learn the steps for building understanding and informed decisions by developing your ability to scan for proposals, think through alternatives, and fashion smart agreements.

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