Quick Thought – The Scourge of Back-to-Back Meetings
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Quick Thought – The Scourge of Back-to-Back Meetings

Don’t get me wrong. I would have still spent some time reviewing the document before the meeting, making notes, and mapping out plans after the other meeting. But because these were not in the middle of back-to-back meetings, I could do them and keep the flow through the process. I wasn’t filing it away in my brain and hoping I could fully recall it later. It was fresh.

It was better.

Linked: Remote Workers Waste 67 Minutes Of Their Day Being Digitally Present
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Linked: Remote Workers Waste 67 Minutes Of Their Day Being Digitally Present

It’s true. There are times when we need to meet virtually. With each other, or with a customer. A lot of our work, however, simply doesn’t require us to be in a meeting to get it done, and yes, that includes reporting on the status of projects. There’s no reason much of our work can’t be done asynchronously, and if people felt free to work that way, they would get more work done instead of showing up to meetings just to be marked present.

Linked: Management with intent
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Linked: Management with intent

Being remote is different. You have to over-communicate to make sure that people are in the loop. You have to create collaboration opportunities and build camaraderie purposefully, and they can’t be team trust falls. You have to get creative about how you work together and interact.

Most of all, you have to be purposeful about it. You have to create opportunities for people to interact and allow them the freedom to create their own patterns and relationships. You have to learn how to work asynchronously so that you can have more meaningful meetings.

Can I “Plus-One” your Day? Interesting Idea to Take to Your One on Ones

Can I “Plus-One” your Day? Interesting Idea to Take to Your One on Ones

Admittedly I’m a few months behind on podcasts, so be patient with me as I discuss a couple of ideas that came across some of my favorites back in May that I just listened to this week. First, I want to talk about the idea of Model/Coach/Care, an approach to management discussed by Microsoft CEO…

Linked: The case for turning off your Zoom camera
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Linked: The case for turning off your Zoom camera

Stop considering people who aren’t on camera as less engaged. This is just your bias. Your smartest employees understand the additional stress being on camera causes and take every opportunity to limit that effect for themselves. Keep people who are that self-aware.

Recently, I was doing a training session with some new employees and started off by telling them to turn their cameras off. I am fairly sure it was their favorite meeting of their week.

Think about how easy that was. I was showing them how to use a cloud tool, I wanted them focused on the screen, what I was doing and what I was saying about what I was doing. They were. I didn’t need their cameras to tell me that.