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  • Writer's pictureMeghan Kirkland

Do you believe that remote teams can succeed?

"๐ƒ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐œ๐ž๐ž๐?"


This is one of the first questions we ask in our workshops on creating thriving remote, hybrid, or distributed work cultures (delete as applicable- there are a lot of nuances!).


My experiences shape my beliefs about remote work. Iโ€™ve led a fully distributed team, been a remote employee, and now work almost entirely remotely as a freelancer and small business owner. I've also spent many years working from an office five days a week.


Working remotely has opened up many more opportunities for me and continues to do so. But creating a productive, trusting, and collaborative remote culture takes work! It requires intention, thoughtful design, and a new set of skills and tools. Iโ€™m convinced these teams can thrive, and yes, I believe there is still a place for in-person meetups.


Our beliefs shape our actions. When working with leaders on developing hybrid cultures, I don't start with tools, productivity, or team building.ย 


Instead, I first seek to understand their own beliefs and mindset about remote work:


1๏ธโƒฃ ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ž ๐จ๐ซ ๐ก๐ฒ๐›๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค?

2๏ธโƒฃ ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐๐จ๐ฎ๐›๐ญ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ฌ ๐๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค?

3๏ธโƒฃ ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค?

4๏ธโƒฃ ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐Ÿ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ?


๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก ๐ข๐ฌ, ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐š ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐๐ž๐ซ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐œ๐ž๐ž๐, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ.


While questions about tools, productivity, trust, belonging, and team building are crucial (and we always address these too), I believe the first question you must tackle is: ๐ƒ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐œ๐ž๐ž๐?

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