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Remote Leadership: Challenges and Approaches

Seth Spaulding  (Senior Art Manager, Blizzard Entertainment)

Date: Friday, July 23

Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass

Topic: Production & Team Management, Visual Arts

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: N/A: I would like to deliver a virtual presentation only

In the first quarter of 2021, many game teams were thrown, overnight into the world of work-from-home. Most people – staff and leadership - were completely unprepared. This talk covers the challenges to our teams and tools for team leaders including tips and tools for preserving team cohesion; practices and tools for maintaining effective communication; common IT issues; and confronting individual and family struggles with the pandemic. We will also look into the future as we imagine the post-COVID-19 landscape of remote work.


Attendees will come away with approaches to the challenges of remote leadership and management, both from a tools and practices standpoint, that will allow their teams to have the best chance of preserving team effectiveness and, beyond that, leveraging the advantages of work-from-home going forward.

Intended Audience

Leaders and managers in the game industry across all disciplines.