Here’s a Thought About . . . Practical Tips for Managing Day-to-Day Employee Virtual Interactions

By Tom Roth, Michael Leimbach, PhD

This is the third installment of Wilson Learning’s “Here’s a Thought About . . .” leadership development series. These brief explorations look at challenges faced by L&D professionals and offer thoughts, trends, and tips for preparing well-equipped leaders to lead organizations forward from a new workplace.

The current pandemic and economic crisis are shining a very bright spotlight on leadership around the world, illuminating the fact that truly effective leaders are critical but rare, while ineffective leaders’ deficiencies are being exposed.

Good and effective leaders, those who people choose to follow, are now seen as critical and essential to keep employees engaged and help the organization succeed in this time of crisis. In contrast, poor leaders are now being exposed for what they are—weak and ineffective—because, quite frankly, there is no place to hide.

— Tom Roth, COO, Wilson Learning Worldwide Inc.

Tom Roth

“Tom Roth is Chief Operating Officer of Wilson Learning Worldwide Inc. (U.S.) and President of Wilson Learning Worldwide Inc. (Japan). With over 40 years of experience in developing and implementing human performance improvement solutions, Mr. Roth looks after the strategic direction and business performance of Wilson Learning Worldwide Inc. operations. He also leads the global marketing services and R&D solutions groups.

Mr. Roth assists global executive leadership teams with issues related to employee engagement, leadership development, strategy alignment, and business transformation. He is co-author of the books – ‘Unplugged: How Organizations Lose Their Energy and How to Get It Back’ and ‘Creating the High-Performance Team’. He is also a frequent speaker at national conferences and client events.”

Michael Leimbach, PhD

“Michael Leimbach, Ph.D. is a globally recognized expert in learning design and provides leadership for solution research and design solutions that turn learning into performance.

Dr. Leimbach has served as editor for multiple professional journals, consulted with numerous global clients, published over 100 professional articles, co-authored six books, and is a frequent speaker at national and global conferences. Michael received his Doctorate from the University of Minnesota and has worked in the learning and development industry for over 35 years.”