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Humanizing Remote Work for Your Team

humanize remote work for your team

Remote work can be super productive, but it can also be lonely and stressful. Because it’s harder to collaborate, it’s more difficult to communicate, and it’s tougher to unplug than it is when working in an office.  That old-timey physical space, though limiting in many ways, helps establish certain norms and behaviors that build camaraderie. Hallway conversations, lunch with a coworker, and office banter fuel our sense of belonging. These and other informal pathways for communication and collaboration are what contribute disproportionately to results. And the truth is that you cannot easily digitize this secret sauce.  Maybe you don’t have … Read more

How to Become a Thought Leader in Your Company

It might be easier than you think for you to be a thought leader for your team. Because, with just a few simple steps, you can help see beyond the current situation and help create better solutions to today’s challenges. All it takes is a bit of stepping back from a narrow and near-term view that is too often a group’s default. Social science alerts us to the dangers of what they call groupthink where human dynamics create a natural tendency to reach a consensus without critical evaluation. A desire for harmony or conformity in the group leads to poor … Read more

How to Ask Better Questions

Why do you want to learn how to ask better questions? Walk me through the next steps of how that might help you? What else will have to be true for that to work out for you? Who will help you? Who is going to resist and prefer the status quo or some alternative? Questions like these will help you to find the best insights, which will help you to develop the best plans. Because if you want better answers, you should start asking better questions.  Fortunately, there are people who can help us to learn how to ask better … Read more

Winning Support for Your Project

Winning support for your project means becoming a change agent. Success comes from engaging people along the entire journey from idea to approval to implementation. Their interests and contributions need to be seen and incorporated into your plans, otherwise they will almost certainly derail your progress at some point. Get them on board early instead and you are well on your way to getting the green light.  What’s more, your proposal becomes stronger as you work this way. As questions, concerns, and ideas are raised, you can modify your approach to become more comprehensive and thoughtful. Along the way, people … Read more

Networking During a Pandemic

Networking During a Pandemic

The time has come for you to figure out how you are going to enhance your online presence. Maybe you have dabbled here and there—sharing an article, liking a tweet, or posting some thoughts on LinkedIn. But now it’s time to get serious. With in-person networking curtailed by the coronavirus, your online presence is more important than ever. Maybe you have been reluctant to build an online presence because you don’t like the idea of selling yourself or feeling fake. But that’s the wrong way to look at it. Building your online presence is an opportunity to learn, to help … Read more

Two Paths to Better Meetings: The Subject and The People

I had a bunch of fantastic meetings today, said nobody, ever. Instead, people lament meetings for all their inefficiency, annoyingness, and, particularly in this virtual era—exhaustion. Wouldn’t your time be better spent doing work? Probably. But also, meetings help fill a fundamental human need—to belong to a group. The identity of a team is defined by who is at the meeting. The shared understanding of the situation is established and maintained in that group. And the focus and intent of the group’s work can only be managed by getting and keeping everyone on the same page. The problem is that … Read more

A Quick Thinking Checklist

Thinking is a messy process. But, if you were to create a checklist to make it more organized and thorough, what would that look like? A good place to start would be to make sure your basic analytical thinking is in order. That’s the part where you gather information and data and then examine it carefully to make sure that you understand the component parts of something and how all the pieces fit together into the bigger picture. This would help ensure that you can answer basic questions accurately, and that always makes a good foundation for further thought.  That … Read more

I Am Unqualified

Everything worthwhile that I have done started at a place of ignorance and inexperience. I have to remind myself of this each time I am faced with learning something new. It’s uncomfortable to confront the unknown and the unfamiliar, but it is always worth it—even if the payoff comes from hard lessons. I’ve always enjoyed riding bikes. Two-wheeled freedom was something I cherished in my youth and also rediscovered later in life. I enjoyed cycling so much that I joined bike clubs. That somehow led to racing, where one of the lessons came from my ribcage being slammed against a … Read more

The Tremendous Value of The Long Form

the value of the long form

Consider the difference between Edward Norton appearing on a late night talk show for 6 minutes to his podcast interview with Tim Ferriss that went on for 2 hours. One gives you a flavor about some snippet of his work and personality. The other gives you a deep dive into one of his most ambitious projects, a sense of the wide range of his accomplishments, and a clearer picture of his creativity and business savvy. In the full story of his most recent project we learn how Norton met a young writer named Jonathan Lethem who gave Norton a draft … Read more