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Join Pilar Orti, guests & co-hosts as they shine the spotlight on the most relevant themes and news relevant to the modern knowledge worker.
WLP348 Nurturing Team Growth through Conscious Leadership
In this episode, Barbara Mutedzi describes conscious leadership and its role in transitioning to remote work, with particular reference to her work in Zimbabwe. Throughout the episode, Barbara advocates for the need for leaders to embrace self-awareness, adaptability, and empathy to create more resilient, inclusive, and effective work environments.
Find Barbara over on LinkedIn.
Find out more about her conscious leadership practice and her coaching programmes.
For a summary of the episode head over to:
WLP347 Listening and Reading Recommendations February 2024
Today’s post is the audio companion to the Virtual not Distant monthly newsletter, and you can subscribe to it via email here. Every month, Pilar shares with readers articles she’s come across on the web, books she’s read (or is reading) and podcast episodes she’s listened to.
The newsletter also has a digest of the Virtual not Distant content - but this podcast version has an update of Pilar’s own work.
Coffee Break Articles:
The dark side of remote work via Asynchronous Agile
Remote work stifles innovation, a massive new study finds via Gallant CEO, based on a study in Nature
Apple knew AirDrop users could be identified and tracked as early as 2019, researchers say via CNN Business
'I had £3,000 stolen via WhatsApp job scam message' via BBC UK
(This month’s articles are all a bit dark, but it’s just a coincidence!)
This month’s book recommendation is "Four Thousand Weeks: Embrace your limits. Change your life. Make your four thousand weeks count" by Oliver Burkeman. It is NOT a book on how to manage your time. It's a philosophical read.
Listening Recommendations: Podcast: The Tim Ferriss Podcast
Episode: Matt Mullenweg — The Art of Crafting a Sabbatical, Tips for Defending Against Hackers, Leveraging Open Source, Thriving in an AI World, and Tips for Life’s Darkest Hours (#713)
Date: 29 December 2023
Podcast: Work from Home Forever
Episode: Eileen Tanner, 27 Years of Remote Work from Fax Machines to Virtual Meetings
Date: 18 December 2023
(And if you want to find out more about Don Voltaire, host of Work from Home Forever , check out the latest episode of Adventures in Podcasting: Ep 71 Adventures in podcasting with your son, finding guests and the life-changing potential of remote work)
Podcast: Hard Fork
WLP346 What's Going On: Can We Really Work from Anywhere?
In today’s episode, Maya shares her challenges trying to embrace the “work from anywhere” spirit. Our co-hosts also talk about how the popularity of Chat GPT has opened up the need to reinvent education, how they’re using the bot and why we should all be vigilant when reading current research on the impact of remote work in organisations.
Recorded on 29 January 2024.
For the full show notes, head over to https://www.virtualnotdistant.com/podcasts/ep346
If you have something to add to the conversation, please let us know: https://www.virtualnotdistant.com/contact-us
Other relevant links:
La Gran Renuncia episode: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4p7x6PHwVKRkZWWCzAkacd?si=XkQvUHkBTLmUbeawMRc_zA
BONUS: Our Course Navigating Asynchronous Communication is out
Hello dear listeners of the 21st Century Work Life podcast. This is a little bonus episode, what some would call, a piece of content marketing, as I’ve put it together to introduce you to our audio-first course, for managers and leaders of remote teams: Navigating Asynchronous Communication. And in this episode, I’ve selected three sections to share with you, to give you a flavour of the course - in case this is something for you, or your colleagues. If you want to check out the copy, head over to our website. https://www.virtualnotdistant.com/audio-first-course
I’ve talked about the format before - but in case you’re new to the show, it’s a course to help you lay down the foundations of asynchronous communication in your team, and it’s narrated by my colleague Simon Wilson and myself. It has nine modules, formal modules with title and everything, and some reflection questions at the end, and then it has three informal conversations between Simon and myself, like those you might find on this podcast.
Before I go into the content, I’m experimenting with the delivery of this course, as to how YOU access it. And at the moment, you can take the course in two ways: one is through an app, which is actually designed for Audiobooks. And you can mark the audio if you have favourite bits etc, and also, you get a the text version of the course and the transcripts of the conversations. That’s it. (And for those of you who are used to buying online products, that’s being delivered through Gumroad.)
Now, we’ve also got a more traditional way of laying out an online course, through the platform Thinkific. It’s still audio only, but everything looks more like an online course, and you have a few worksheets you can download and fill in in PDF form, plus some quizzes, which are a way of getting you to think through the material, although to be honest, they’re mainly for fun, because it’s difficult to create multiple choice quizzes that really test you.
But, for testing you, we do have a certificate option. And for that we have a choice of assessments that you can take, and then send to us for marking. This can be text, audio or video even. And all of that is explained in the course - but if you want more information on that, le me know.
Before I move onto the sections from the course, let me tell you some of the topics we cover.
Coffee Break Conversation 1: Introduction - to your tutors and the material
Module 1: Benefits and Drawbacks of Asynchronous Communication
Module 2: Foundations of Asynchronous Communication
Bonus: Psychological Safety in Asynchronous Communication
Module 3: Different Conversations at Work
Coffee Break Conversation 2: Why is Asynchronous Communication so Hard to Get Used to?
Module 4: Collaborating on Tasks Asynchronously
Module 5: Decision-making and Alignment
Module 6: Capturing Your Team's Knowledge
Module 7: Integrating Meetings into Our Process
Coffee Break Conversation 3: Working with External Parties
Module 8: The Technology and the Team Agreement
Module 9: Your Next Steps
Right, if you’re still with me, let’s move onto a section from module 2, foundations of async, a segment of the coffee covnersation about how hard async can be to get used to, and then, I’ve included most of the module on Capturing your team’s knowledge, as this is one part of remote teamwork that those relatively new to remote work miss.
Do get in touch if you need anything from me - thank you for listening.
WLP345 Growing A Lifestyle-Centric, Values-Driven Distributed Business
In this episode, Pilar talks to Jeanna Barrett, founder and Chief Remote Officer at the fully distributed company FPS. Jeanna shares how she set up the company by following her values and aspiring lifestyle, as well as her approach to company culture, remote operations and how values influence her decisions.
For detailed show notes, head over to https://www.virtualnotdistant.com/podcasts/remote-operations
Find Jeanna over on LinkedIn.
Check out the Remotely Cultured podcast.
Learn more about FPS.
WLP344 How the 21st Century Work Life podcast is changing
Pilar pops in for a quick solo show to let you know how the focus of the show is changing.
The place for remote work discussions!
New listener here! I love the relevant topics and how Pilar and her co-host presented current events related to remote work. They shared the articles, cited sources and then gave meaningful insights to the audience. Remote work is not for everyone and not all jobs can be done remotely. However for those who want to pursue work from home opportunities, this podcast is a must follow!
Awesome source for remote teams! Keep up the great work!
200 Episodes of Great Listens!
I can't believe Pilar has raeched 200 episodes! Such a great and feel good listen.