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Best practices for remote work

Increasingly as companies become more global and our work becomes more complex we are working, ideating and creating with teams all over the world and it can be very difficult to be successful using old approaches in this new way of working. In this episode, we will look at the most common problems with remote work, the most common misperceptions, and the different mindset, tools, and behaviors you will need to be successful.


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As creatives technology has effected a lot of things about the way we work. But interestingly it has only effected that work when we are all in the same office for most people. But increasingly we are having to work with people in other locations either because our companies are getting more global or because remote work is starting to become much more common. As a result I have been getting a lot of questions about what are the best practices for working with or leading distributed teams or working with teams in multiple locations.

Over the course of my career I ‘ve had a lot of experience with this problem. And I thought I had a pretty good idea of how to do this – and then I started work for InVision and all that went out the window. InVision is a completely distributed company which means all 600+ are remote working from home or out of a WeWork. This let me see remote work and working with remote teams in a completely new and far more effective way. So in this episode we are going to look at the most common problems with remote work, the most common misperceptions, and the different mindset, tools, and behaviors you will need to be successful.

Common problems

Having worked with teams in multiple locations and done remote work there are a few of common problems you are going to run into.

Common misconceptions

On the flip side there are also some misconceptions about working with remote teams and remote work.

Same behaviors

While there are problem and misperceptions there are some things that should stay the same

Different mindset

To work with remote team effectively you can’t just use the same old thinking but have people working in other locations or in a distributed model and think it is going to work. You need to change your leadership style, team approach, work mentality, hiring persona and more.

Your leadership style needs to evolve to:

Different tools

But the biggest thing you need to be successful is a whole new set of tools. This new set of tools is possible because of technology. The tools need to be cloud-based and collaborative for every stage for every stage of your workflow. This means you are going to have to get over your old way of working where all the files are on your computer and you where you want to control them.

Some of the tools I recommend are:

Different behaviors

This new leadership style and new tools need to culminate in new some new behaviors for everyone.

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