Building a remote culture that enables your team is no easy feat. If you succeed you’ll unlock the agency and autonomy that comes with a well managed remote operation. If you don’t succeed you end up burning out from bad habits.
In this biweekly podcast you'll hear, from both Alix and guests, all about remote teamwork from a zillion different angles. It'll be focused on fresh perspectives, and always include suggestions for you to put new practices into place. Let us know what you think, and hope you enjoy!
Episode 18 | How to make and communicate decisions remotely
How does your team make decisions? Are individuals empowered to make choices on their own, or does everything happen by committee? In remote life, clearly making and communicating decisions can make or break teams, enabling work or grinding its pace to a halt.
In this mini-episode, Alix looks at the different types of decision making that happen on remote teams and unpacks how to bring more clarity to your team’s approach.
Episode 17 | How to save time with good documentation
Good documentation fuels remote teams, giving your team the info they need at their fingertips to get stuff done without having to ask a million questions. But documentation is a bit of a Goldilocks problem. Teams tend to have too little of it, or far too much.
So how can you perfect your approach to documenting your team’s work? In this mini-episode, Alix shares three strategies for getting your documentation juuuust right.
Episode 16 | Why you shouldn’t try to please everyone
From email to Slack to video calls, we have a lot of ways to communicate at work these days. But what do you do when you prefer emails, but your team hates them? Or when your colleague communicates only in Slack, but you’re struggling to keep up with the constant pings?
In this mini-episode, Alix talks about how to understand and respond to your team’s communication preferences. TL;DR? You can’t make everyone happy all the time, but you can find common ground. Listen in for more.
Episode 15 | How ‘metawork’ can help your team thrive
In remote work, small decisions can have a big impact on the effectiveness of your team: how you document your work, how you share information, how and when you meet, and more.
That’s why it’s crucial to figure out your best way of working together. But it’s easy to keep your head down and avoid this work when there’s plenty to do and deadlines ahead.
In this mini-episode, Alix discusses strategies for figuring out the how of your team’s work together without derailing work or getting lost in process. Listen to learn how to make space and time to address the small but important challenges of remote work that can make or break teams.
Episode 14 | How to fix your remote meeting culture
Meetings should be a powerful way for your team to advance their work and build relationships. So why are they so often the villain when we talk about remote working? And does it have to be that way?
In this first of a series of shorter, solo episodes, Alix shares ideas to help you stop meeting when you don’t need to, find the right rhythm for your team, and meet more effectively to turn the energy you expend into real impact.
Episode 13 | Running operations at a global remote nonprofit with Vanessa Goas
Remote organisations can hire the best person for the job, regardless of where they live. Well, that’s the theory. But the reality is that hiring around the world can lead to some tricky operational challenges, from scheduling calls to navigating employment law.
This week, Development Gateway COO Vanessa Goas joins Alix on the podcast to talk about what she’s learned from 15 years in operations at a growing global non-profit.
Listen in to learn from Vanessa’s expertise on wrangling meetings across time zones, communicating policies around the globe, and building real connection with colleagues who are continents away.
After you listen, you can find Vanessa and say hello here.
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