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Virtual Teams: openly sharing our approach to leadership

Martin Hawksey (@mhawksey) and Maren Deepwell (@marendeepwell) publish a monthly series of posts openly sharing our approach to leadership.

If you are new here, you can catch up on earlier posts and podcasts below or find out more about ALT, the organisation we work for as senior staff. We really appreciate comments and feedback and welcome questions or suggestions for future posts.

All posts and podcasts are cross-posted on Martin’s blog here.


  • Podcast 1: our first podcast, looking back at the first six months as a virtual team.
  • Podcast 2: recorded at the end of our first year of this project, we look back at some of the highs and lows, plan for what’s ahead and discuss how you do Secret Santa as a virtual team.
  • Podcast 3: in which we discuss @femedtech and equality as well as International Women’s Day.
  • Podcast 4: reflections on what it means to be professional as a home worker in a virtual team and how we approach professional development
  • Podcast 5: we talk about how we as a digitally and geographically distributed team connect face to face and why we think a blended approach is important.
  • Podcast 6: This time we are joined by our special guest, Olaf Hubel G Suite Developer Relations Team Leader at Google. Together we talk about what it takes to lead a virtual team, collaboration and team communication.  


2020 – pandemic posts

2020 – regular posts

  • Virtual Teams: moving parts – This month we start our third year as a virtual team and we talk about the ups and downs of moving house as home workers, how to give yourself a break during times of upheaval and supporting each other.
  • Virtual Teams: The heartbeat of a virtual team – This month we are talking about Slack, scheduling team meetings, and how our use of technology and different tools affect the rhythm of our work as a virtual team.