A little about me…. Like many of you, I worked and managed teams in a traditional office setting for years. I was a strong believer in MBWA (management by wandering around). I thought it was best to be in front of employees and interact face-to-face. Then, I switched jobs and began working for a technology firm and was unable to relocate to the corporate headquarters. I started working from home primarily with the occasional visit to a remote sales office as my backup. I was managing employees on the other side of the country, 3 times zones away. I’ll be the first to admit that I struggled initially to adapt to this new working structure. I was forced into the virtual workplace and had to adapt my leadership style and work habits quickly. Over the years I have learned to love the virtual environment and find it more productive, efficient and effective than my old ways of working. I hope to never see another office cubicle ever again.
As the workplace evolves at a slightly uncomfortable rate, I believe we can all be better at what we do by leveraging the new tools, techniques, and methods now available. It also gives us a chance to improve work/life balance and give us a chance to do the things we really want to do.
A little about this blog…. The main purpose of this blog is to offer practical, how-to advice on leading and working in a virtual environment. It is intended for anyone that works in the virtual workplace – teleworkers, remote workers, mobile workers, dispersed teams, global teams, virtual leaders, and those that lead and manage when they can’t be in the same physical location with others they work with. This blog assumes that leaders are already working in or about to work in a virtual environment. From time to time I may digress into a brief editorial, but I try to stay away from topics like creating a business case for telework or telework arrangements or creating a case for telework law.
How often and when does the blog come out? I try to be consistent and have it out every Tuesday.
What do I do with the extra time I have gained through telework? Since my productivity has increased dramatically since I started teleworking, I have used the extra time to continue writing. If you’re interested, you can check out some of the books below.
Happy virtual working!