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Carlos Valdes-Dapena

  • Author, Virtual Teams: Holding the Center When You Can’t Meet Face-to-Face


Are your teams experiencing Zoom fatigue? As we pivot to adapt during this COVID-19 world and feel a new sense of disconnect, it is clear that how we collaborate has changed forever. It now takes more than technology to keep teams together in this new pandemic-driven reality; how can we collaborate effectively in order to thrive?

Organizations need clear strategies on how to build successful, collaborative teams during these challenging times. As a corporate leader with 30 years of experience in collaboration innovation at Mars, Inc., and IBM, Carlos Valdes-Dapena has the expertise in organizational development to guide organizations in implementing effective change. Known for challenging the conventional wisdom of corporate team-building, his path changing, evidence-based insights and strategies empower teams to become more connected, productive, and able to increase value to their organizations.

As an author, Carlos brings his knowledge and insight into his most recent book, Virtual Teams: Holding the Center When You Can't Meet Face-to-Face and his previous bestseller, Lessons from Mars: How One Global Company Cracked the Code on High-Performance Collaboration.

In his presentations, Carlos shares that as we're contending with enforced separation and isolation, it’s even more important that teams have a clear, compelling sense of shared identity, and an even stronger understanding of why their collaboration is meaningful and inspiring. In this quickly changing “new normal,” he offers the essential set of tools and techniques to help teams evolve, survive, and even thrive.

Carlos helps audiences rethink team building, and break new ground, especially when the workplace is so in flux. He reveals his research-based high-performance guidelines that have been field-tested numerous times to deliver actionable results. His innovative, and timely approach will help teams find their shared purpose and create a sense of unity and belonging that can sustain them today, and beyond.

Currently, Carlos is the Managing Principal of Corporate Collaboration Resources, LLC, an organization and group effectiveness consulting firm specializing in helping organizations create and sustain cultures of collaboration.


Keywords: Collaboration, Leadership, Virtual Teams, Performance, Organizational Development, Change Management

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