Appreciation–Going Beyond “Thank You”

February 7, 2019

Carl, a freelance web developer, had just a few extra minutes to stop by the post office before picking up his daughter from school. He was expecting a check from a job he had completed the month before. Carl quickly grabbed the envelope and stuffed it in his pocket to get to the school on…

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Insights into Giving Feedback to Remote Workers

January 29, 2019

Let’s be honest. Nobody likes giving feedback. We might say that we do, but we don’t. If you’re human, and we’ll assume that you are, you don’t look forward to difficult conversations. Without a good loop of feedback, however, organizations don’t grow. Bill Gates, one of the most successful leaders in the world, is quoted…

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Generations-Quietly In Between: GenX as (Remote) workers

January 17, 2019

The best thing about talking to multiple generations is letting go of preconceptions and stereotypes and simply enjoying the human connection. Generational titles make great magazine covers and give shape to employment research, but it’s the people who round out great work teams. Jeff Walters was running a bit behind for the conversation due to…

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Generations-A Boomer at (Remote) Work

November 28, 2018

Friday morning found Danette looking enjoying a mountain view from her comfortable spot in the Roanoke Public Library. She finishes up her thermos of tea and checks the local newspaper for weekend events. Danette usually works from home but needed to change up the view for a day of work. She was writing for clients…

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How to Promote Collaboration on Virtual Teams

November 14, 2018

If you’ve spent time in a traditional workplace, you can agree that constant noise, conversations, and frequent interruptions can create an environment that reduces the amount of work that gets done. The alternative that many organizations are utilizing is a remote workplace where employees can work from a quiet space and communicate with one another…

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Here or There—Decision Making and Remote Work

November 1, 2018

Have you heard of the Heath brothers? No, they are not a singing group or a new comedy duo. They are two brothers, one a businessman and the other a college professor, living on opposite coasts who collaborate on great business books. Decisive, their book on decision making, holds insights for the world of remote…

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Tips for Interviewing Your Next Remote Worker

November 1, 2018

If you’re just beginning to explore the realm of virtual work, you probably have a certain level of anxiety about the hiring process. Like any good leader, you know the positive impact of hiring the right candidate and the negative implications of onboarding the wrong person. The anxiety that comes from hiring a virtual employee…

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Discovery Across Distance—DiSC Styles in the Gig Economy

October 1, 2018

Do you know which Star Wars character reflects the true you? Or, which super hero best shows your personality? Perhaps, you’ve taken formal assessments and can talk about Myers-Briggs, DiSC, or your Gallup Strengths. These tests are great for justifying why you behave the way you do, right? Well, not necessarily so. If you’ve played…

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How to Lead Across Generations on a Virtual Team

September 18, 2018

For the first time in history, members of four different generational cohorts are in the same workplace: Traditionalists (born before 1945), Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964), Generation Xers (born between 1965 and 1980), and Millennials (born between 1981 and 2000). Because members of each cohort share unique cultural experiences, they also carry with…

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Remote Work Success – Take the Road Forward!

September 4, 2018

What do Yahoo, Reddit, IBM, and Best Buy have in common? These major companies called their remote workers back to the physical office! IBM once boasted that forty percent of their employees worked from home. Best Buy had coined the term Results-Only Work Environment, leading the way in the shift to remote employment. Each of…

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