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Managing External Experts

Managing External Experts

External workers (freelancers, contractors, consultants, gigsters) make up an increasing proportion of the workforce. Leading external workers presents both challenges and opportunities, and it’s a leadership skill that will be increasingly valuable in our future.

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Global Teams At Work

Global Teams At Work

In an increasingly connected world, it’s important for leaders to understand the special dynamics of global teams, so they can reduce the perceived distance, manage time differences, and embrace diversity across cultures.

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A Day in the Life of a Future Out Of Office Worker

A Day in the Life of a Future Out Of Office Worker

What will work look like in the near future? In this episode, we walk through a typical workday of a future Out of Office worker.

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The Workplace of the Future

The Workplace of the FutureFor the last 200 years, the office with a permanent staff has been the default work environment of the knowledge worker. But it wasn’t in the past, and it’s not necessarily the best for the future. What would the workplace look like if offices weren’t an option?

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How To Innovate With Distributed Teams

How To Innovate With Distributed TeamsThere’s a common belief that innovation and synergy are weaker in distributed teams, because people don’t bump into each other to spark great ideas. However, that’s not necessarily true. It is possible, as long as you overcome the natural “out of sight, out of mind” bias against your remote workers.

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Out of Office Workspaces

Working from home is the most common method of working away from an office, but it’s not the only option. In this episode, we consider four different workspaces for Out of Office workers: the home office, public places like cafes and clubs, co-working spaces, and on the road.

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New Tools for Out of Office Workers

If you’re working in a distributed team, you might already know about some of the more common tools and apps, such as Dropbox, Evernote, iCloud, GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Skype, Buffer, and Hootsuite. These are all wonderful tools, but there are also a whole host of other tools available. We’re going to share some of them today, so you know about them and can consider whether it’s worth integrating them into your workplace.

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Productivity:

Collaboration:

  • HipChat: A chatroom application designed to help teams collaborate
  • Slack: Competitor to HipChat, with many of the same features
  • Sqwiggle: A simple chatroom aimed at distributed teams
  • IDoneThis: A simple tool for teams to share what they’ve achieved each day

Connecting with the world:

  • Zapier: Automate actions based on triggers
  • LinkedIn Pulse: Publish articles directly to LinkedIn
  • ContentGems: Serve up relevant articles in your area of interest

Four Key Workplace Trends That Influence Out of Office Work

Four Key Workplace Trends That Influence Out  of Office Work There’s no doubt telecommuting has increased, and that’s just one part of the changing workplace. Faxes, paper, fixed working hours, desktop computers, landline phones, and LANs are still around, but they are gradually being overtaken by electronic documents, the Cloud, flexible working hours, laptops, smartphone, and WiFi. In this episode we look at four key workplace trends, and how they affect Out of Office workers and their leaders.

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Creating Connected Distributed Teams

Often, people in distributed teams don’t have the same personal connections with remote team members as they have with people in the same office. This is natural, of course, but can be overcome. Creating better personal connections leads to more rewarding work, better collaboration, and higher productivity.

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Our Out of Office Stories

Gihan and Chris have 30+ combined years of experience working Out of Office. In this episode, they share their journeys, including successes and failures along the way.

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