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Remote, Inc.: How to Thrive at Work . . . Wherever You Are Kindle Edition
You can thrive and excel when you’re working remotely, if you adopt the mindset, habits and tech tools of professionals who are even more productive outside the office: Learn to think like a “business of one,” and that entrepreneurial mindset will transform your experience of remote work.
Remote work can be satisfying and productive—once you craft a strategy that taps into the unique advantages of working from home. After a year in which many of us plunged into remote work overnight, we finally have a chance to make thoughtful choices about how to combine remote and office work, and how to make the most of our days at home.
Remote, Inc. gives you the strategies and tools you need to make remote work a valuable part of your renewed working life. Learn how to...
- Gain control over how and when you work by focusing on objectives, not the 9-to-5 workday.
- Wow your managers by treating them like valued clients.
- Beat information overload by prioritizing important emails and messages.
- Make online meetings purposeful, focused and engaging.
- Build great relationships with your colleagues—whether at the next desk, or another city.
- Find a balance between work from home, and life at home.
- Make a remote work plan that lets you get the best from time at the office—and the best of home.
Remote, Inc. takes you inside the mindset and habits of people who flourish while working outside the office some or all of the time: people who function like a “business of one.” That’s how productivity experts Robert C. Pozen and Alexandra Samuel describe the mindset that lets people thrive when they’re working remotely, whether full-time or in combination with time at the office. You can follow their lead by embracing the work habits and independence of a small business owner—while also tapping into the benefits of collegiality and online collaboration.
"The world has gone remote and is not going back. This book is an extraordinarily helpful guide to this new world." -- David Rubenstein, cofounder and co-chief executive, the Carlyle Group
"Working remotely is a learned skill, and Remote, Inc. is the perfect guide to accelerate your learning. A quick read that will have you and your team working smarter tomorrow morning!" -- Barb Bidan, senior vice president, global talent, Peloton
"Remote, Inc. provides a needed road map, enabling salaried employees, managers, and freelancers alike to be successful. It's a must-read for today's professionals." -- Jenny Rooney, communities director and chair of the CMO Network, Forbes
"If you need to understand how leaders and employees can thrive no matter where or how the work gets done, Remote Inc. is the book for you." -- Ragy Thomas, CEO of Sprinklr --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Robert C. Pozen teaches at MIT Sloan School of Management. He was President of Fidelity Investments and Executive Chair of MFS Investment Management, and served as a senior official in both the federal and state government. He is also the author of six books, including Extreme Productivity, one of the top rated business books of 2012. He offers MIT courses for executives on personal productivity, and has been teaching online since the spring of 2020. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Alexandra Samuel is a tech speaker and data journalist who has worked remotely for most of her 25-year career. The co-founder of pioneering social media agency Social Signal, Samuel creates digital content and workshops for companies including Google, Discovery and Sprinklr. Her writing on digital productivity appears frequently in the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review, and she is a digital columnist for the CBC. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, and lives in Vancouver, Canada.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B08K8ZVDB4
- Publisher : Harper Business (April 27 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 3759 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 309 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #133,897 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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For many of us, the last 15 months have been challenging, both personally and adjusting to the new way of working. As we hope to get back to the office and prepare ourselves to work in a hybrid mode, we will need to adapt our mindset and habits, while we leverage the tools that are available.
This book covers the perspective of a manager and a remote worker while talking about the mindset and strategies to thrive in this new world. It goes on to highlight and share some tools and skills to organise our remote working life.
Loved the concept of Goldilocks plan which refers to the ideal mix between working from remote and office
But that’s exactly what Alexandra Samuel and Robert Pozen deliver in "Remote, Inc.: How to Thrive at Work . . . Wherever You Are."
With an estimated 20 million of us striking out, joining the 30 million already working remote, there’s a big need for rulebooks, guides and a set of best practices for flying solo. Plenty of authors are wading in, but not many if any speak with the clarity that’s useful to remoting virgins.
Even veterans of the coffeeshop alt-office will find that our remote working skillsets could use some work and this book delivers dozens of truly practical strategies for improving on the old competencies.
Samuel and Pozen waste no time in hammering home their central premise: That you’re not a remote worker, you’re Remote, Inc. And that means thinking like a “Business of One.” Shifting the old focus away from hours logged to outcomes achieved. Organizing the pace of work around your priorities, instead of bending your priorities to the old corporate way.
These are crucial distinctions.
And they might appear obvious on their face.
But they do require a genuine shift in work habits and collaboration tactics to actually make it happen.
Throughout the book the authors return to this premise…
“…you are your own freestanding enterprise. Your boss is effectively your client, and you are effectively in the position of a vendor or supplier. Your boss gives you the orders for products and services, and it is up to you to complete those orders on time and on budget. That means you should approach your work as a series of deliverables.”
Getting a handle on this is one key idea is alone worth the price of admission.
Chapter 10 is worth skipping ahead to since it’s all about making meetings work—perhaps for the first time ever. It’s a tall order, right? Being bad at meetings is how humans roll. But as a busines of one, often on a video call, making meetings work rises up to near to Job 1.
And you’ll leave the chapter with valuable strategies for shortening meetings, making the online convo work, ducking diplomatically out of low-value meetings, and ending every meeting with clear next steps that benefit all attendees…
I tried to skip over Chapter 11, since it’s titled “Reading Online and Offline” and that doesn’t seem to approach rocket science. But I couldn’t.
The authors show how hard it can become in the isolate of remote work to keep up with your industry’s news. And they artfully deconstruct the “Millennial notion” that reading on screen works just fine.
They even explain to those unfamiliar with a physical newspaper what a “clipping file” is—Danger, Will Robison—and advise how best to curate the right amount of information to help a solo business thrive.
Equally seasoned treatment is given to multitasking. It’s been shown in more studies than you can shake a joystick at that most multitasking results in lower-quality work and decreased productivity.
The authors show why, and then flip into various workflow solutions where the brain isn’t wasting energy constantly restarting and refocusing (multitasking) and instead is attaining the Holy Grail of “extreme productivity.
Favorite story in the book:
I once caught a client’s attention using Venmo, which is designed for person-to-person payments. But I found this client’s Venmo ID and sent them a note—"My 2¢ on your business”—with a two-cent transfer to their account.
Every chapter has a couple pearls like this, of great value to any-sized business.
Favorite line in the book:
“How you spend your time determines whether you’re living like a lonely echo of the nine-to-five office drone, or seizing the flexibility of home-based work to get great work done on your own schedule.”
That’s what it’s all about, right? Operationally, that means…
As a rockstar freelancer, free agent, Remote Inc CEO, chief marketing officer, HR director and entire workforce in your solo business, the real Job 1 is not just to get work done, “but to think strategically, manage your brand, and keep your workforce—that’s you!—happy and productive.” The book shines in helping here, probably because one of the authors, Alexandra Samuel, has lived the life of working Mom and knows the territory. Her voice rings through the pages with authentic clarity, commanding respect, sure, but also an eagerness to follow. She knows.
Give it a big 5-star rating, and a must-read for aspiring solopreneurs, imho.