Newsletter: August of 2021

“What does going back mean for you?” 

Depending when and where in the world you’re reading this, going back will probably look different for you at the end of the season. It might be back to school, back to the beach, back to the airport, back to sleep, back upstairs to the home office, back to the end of the coffee line at your remote office, or maybe back to the office downtown.

For many of us, there are numerous options; for others, not so much flexibility. Is it any wonder that we’re feeling relieved, excited, confused, worn out, disappointed and/or envious at any given moment?

Last time you might remember we talked about who’s looking out for you, so today let’s think about keeping you headed in the right direction — whether it’s truly going back or moving forward.

It’s been a busy and exciting time for Global Collaboration Insights as we plan ahead to help our clients meet their goals.


What we’re offering

For many of us, this time of year is one of renewal and fresh starts. There’s no need to wait until things settle down (if they ever do) to invest in your own development and wellness. These are no ordinary online offerings. You’ll find these interactive courses appealing if you want to:

  • Add resources to your resilience and emotional intelligence toolkit
  • Learn from others and network in a smaller, collaborative virtual setting
  • Appreciate the value of slowing down, thinking deeper and optimizing results

For course descriptions and registration information on these limited enrollment sessions, click on the links below. Please reach out to us at with questions.

“Analyze Your Strengths for Work-Life Resilience”
Assess your character strengths to boost your resilience and bounce back in challenging situations. 
Aug. 24, 8-10 a.m. CT U.S.

“Coaching for Better Cultural Intelligence”
Assess and boost your understanding of cultural intelligence in a coaching context to help guide your clients and colleagues. 
Sept. 22 & 29, 8-10 a.m. CT U.S.

“Emotional Intelligence Suite: Balance Your Hybrid Life”
Assess and develop your emotional intelligence capabilities to achieve success with your personal and professional goals. 

  • Session 1 of 3:
    “EI Foundations (what to know first)”    
    Sept. 21, 8-10 a.m. CT U.S.
  • Session 2 of 3:
    “EI Assessment (who you are now)”  
    Sept. 23, 8-10 a.m. CT U.S.
  • Session 3 of 3:
    “EI Coaching (where you want to go)”
    Sept. 28, 8-10 a.m. CT U.S.


Where we’re speaking

Online events continue to be convenient and beneficial in their own way, and yet it’s good to see that we’re going back to conferences in a big hybrid way. While we won’t be in Vienna due to the pandemic, I’ll be stepping up to present at many in-person and online venues, covering some relevant solutions for developing ourselves, our teams and our leaders. If you’re interested, join in where possible or stay tuned for some takeaways that I’ll be sure to share.

University of Minnesota Continuing and Professional Studies

“Leading Your Hybrid Team”
Aug. 25 webinar

“Leading High-Performance Remote/Hybrid Teams”
Sept. 29-30 course

Association for Business Communication (ABC)
Europe/Africa/Middle East International Conference
“Global Team Collaboration: A Business Talent Perspective”

Association for Talent Development (ATD) International Conference
“Working Globally in the Human Age: Cutting Through the Noise” 
“Getting Your Academic Consulting Foot in the Corporate Door” 


Association for Business Communication (ABC) and Global Advances in Business Communication (GABC) Joint International Conference
“Emotional Intelligence for the Burned-Out Business Communicator” 
“Revisiting Virtual Onboarding for Global Leaders” 



What we’re writing

With our shifting work environments, we have a need and a desire to connect and communicate with many different people in many settings. Sometimes our stated or unstated purpose for such an interaction is to influence another person or outcome. Influence can be defined as our capability to shape others’ perceptions, actions and behaviors with or without direct authority or control. Like other facets of interpersonal relationships, successful influencing can be easier said than done.

Thank you to Bookboon for inviting me to write “Build Your Virtual and Hybrid Influencing Skills.” This ebook will build on my research around the complexities of collaboration to tackle our work/life, personal/professional ‘hybrid dissonance’ through the lens of:

  • Credibility: consistently demonstrating clear purpose and goals, accountability, focus, transparency, integrity and trust
  • Communication: selecting and adapting language, tone, style and nonverbals to align with intended messaging
  • Emotional intelligence: managing emotional self-awareness and expression, interpersonal relationships, empathy, decision making, flexibility and stress tolerance

Are you making the most of your influence? To discuss further or to contribute to this conversation, please reach out.


Finally, what we’re reading
We’ll have to wait for next time.

Until then, for more about what you’ve read here today, please visit our web site Global Collaboration Insights or contact us at

Thanks, and when you do get back, let me know where I can help you go next.

Karin Goettsch, Ph.D., CPTD, ACC

Karin Goettsch, Ph.D., CPTD, ACC
Founder and Principal

Author: Karin Goettsch

Global Collaboration Insights is your strategic partner focused on developing exceptional leaders, teams and individuals. We will help you and your organization cut through the noise during times of change and uncertainty so that you can focus on what matters.