21 episodes

New to working from home? Managing a distributed team? Home-schooling your kids while trying to get something — anything — done?

You’ve come to the right place. Join newbies and experts as we explore the tools, tips and techniques that will help you make the most of this new way of working.

Welcome home.

WorkLife at Home Josh Freeman

    • Business
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New to working from home? Managing a distributed team? Home-schooling your kids while trying to get something — anything — done?

You’ve come to the right place. Join newbies and experts as we explore the tools, tips and techniques that will help you make the most of this new way of working.

Welcome home.

    Lukasz Szyrmer — Author of "Aligning Remotely"

    Lukasz Szyrmer — Author of "Aligning Remotely"

    Remote working is pretty clearly the way forward for many of us. Even once we're fully re-opened — and many countries are still struggling — people and companies have discovered the benefits of working from home. It's not right for everyone, obviously. But it's right for a lot of us. And managing remote teams effectively will be a critical skill for leaders everywhere.

    Lucasz Szyrmer is the author of "Align Remotely: How to Achieve Together When Everyone is Working From Home". He's also host of the podcast "Managing Remote Teams". In addition to his own years of experience managing remote work, he's interviewed experts from across the globe. Luke's goal is to help teams thrive and achieve more together when working remotely. Let's find out how he does that, and how we can all be better leaders of our far-flung crews.

    We talk about:

    • Giving people autonomy rather than worrying about the hours they work
    • Helping your team work smarter by judiciously using rest
    • Creating an "operational heartbeat"
    • Setting teams up for alignment and keeping them on track
    • Holding better meetings for Zoom-fatigued remote workers.
    • The new LeanPub publishing model to engage readers with the process, not just the end result.

    • 48 min
    Kate Gigax — Executive Coach

    Kate Gigax — Executive Coach

    Even after this pandemic is over and things return to "normal" — whatever that ends up looking like — many, many of us will still be working from home. And managers will have to figure out how to build strong, connected teams of folks who are located... well...everywhere and anywhere.

    Kate Gigax is a certified Executive Coach, facilitator, and the founder of Development Corps, a group that helps its clients learn to live what they call "bigger versions" of their lives, whether that means getting unstuck at work — or becoming a stronger leader.

    We talk about:
    • managing your remote team well
    • figuring out the Second Act of your career
    • facing fear and self-doubt
    • learning how you can thrive while being both vulnerable and valuable
    and lots of other career-oriented topics

    Welcome to WorkLife@Home!

    • 54 min
    Michael F. Schein — Author of "The Hype Handbook"

    Michael F. Schein — Author of "The Hype Handbook"

    If you're trying to make a difference in the world and nobody's noticing, maybe what you need are the skills of a Hype Artist. The hustlers, the cult leaders, the promoters all have something to teach us about human psychology and how to connect with people emotionally.

    Whether you're starting a band or a company, whether you want to advance your ideas or your career, understanding hype can be helpful. Even essential. That's the premise of Michael F. Schein's "The Hype Handbook", just published by McGraw Hill.

    We talk about the Grateful Dead, the Grand Guignol, hip hop and rebellious project management. Join us to find out how you can have more impact on the world, even when you're working from home.

    • 51 min
    David Hockney at Home: A Narrative

    David Hockney at Home: A Narrative

    World renowned artist David Hockney has a special way of working at home, and a special home in Normandy where he can do it every day — at age 83. Hockney is inspired, creative and incredibly productive. This feature story about him by Barbara Isenberg deserved to be shared. So I did — in this special bonus episode.

    • 11 min
    John Sindelar - CEO of Seedcode

    John Sindelar - CEO of Seedcode

    When you work from home (or anywhere else) your time is your most valuable resource. Using it badly can lead to frustration and even depression. And using it well can change your life. John Sindelar, is CEO of Seedcode and the creator of DayBack, a system for managing your calendar and reclaiming your day. John talks with us about where this idea came from, how it's being used, and how it can help us all be more effective and do more of what we love.

    • 41 min
    Zach Rosenberg — Business Growth Consultant

    Zach Rosenberg — Business Growth Consultant

    Way back before the pandemic, before Zoom, before LinkedIn, the ad agency Chiat/Day (creators of the infamous "1984" spot that introduced the Apple Macintosh) figured working virtually was a viable way to run a company. Zach Rosenberg was on the task force that declared working from home — or from anywhere for that matter — was the future of advertising, and figured out to how to make it work. In 1993!

    Since then, Zach has run entire agencies, and is now a consultant. Find out how Chiat/Day "invented" WFH, and how Zach recommends that you promote your own business despite a pandemic.

    In addition, you'll hear about exploding glass, how networking really works, helping to build a company from millions to billions, and marketing brands in outer space. Yep, for real.

    All this and more in Episode 15, plus a little Easter egg for patient listeners!

    • 55 min

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