10 TED Talks to Inspire You To Work Differently

 Learning and development doesn't just happen in a formal class setting—it can happen anywhere. And one of the beautiful things about the internet is that there is plenty of inspiration to be found for all sorts of topics—including how we work. There is no better example of a source of new ideas than TED. Here are 10 TED talks that will inspire you to work differently, or at least consider the possibilities. 

1. Jason Fried, Why Work Doesn't Happen at Work

 

 

2. Stefan Sagmeister, The Power of Time Off

 

 

3. Simon Sinek, How Great Leaders Inspire Action 

 

4. Arianna Huffington, How to Succeed: Get More Sleep 

 

5. Linda Hill, How to Manage for Collective Creativity 

 

6. Luis von Ahn, Massive Scale Online Collaboration 

 

7. Celeste Headlee, 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation 

 

8. David Grady, How to Save the World or at Least Yourself from Bad Meetings 

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Summer Remote Work Conferences

Back in the fall we posted a list of remote work conferences... as is everything else in this space, things are always changing and there are more and more opportunities for connecting with other remote professionals! Here are three events that are coming up this summer. 

 

Rebel + Connect Remote Work Summit 

Dates: May 31-June 4, 2018 

Location: Lake Atitlan, Guatemala 

Audience: Remote leaders 

Website: http://www.rebelandconnect.co/remote-work-summit-2018/ 

Remote Work Summit is a leadership conference that addresses the specific needs of business leaders who oversee distributed teams. Hear insights from and connect with leaders from speakers from Dell, Microsoft, Buffer, Automattic, and many many more. 

The programming, sessions, and cultural and nature excursions will give you a well-rounded experience. 

 

 

Running Remote 

Dates: June 23-24, 2018 

Location: Bali,...

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Leadplaceless: Earn a Certificate in Remote Leadership

It’s been a busy spring here at workplaceless! In addition to content we create on this blog and the content we share on social media, we’ve been developing a portfolio of learning experiences for remote professionals. We are finally at the point where I can share the good news:

The leadplaceless series is a 7-part course that earns you a certificate in remote leadership skills. And it’s now open for enrollment!

 

Here’s the schedule:

  1. Foundations of Remote Leadership (Thursday, June 28 2018, 3pm-5pm EDT)
  2. Culture (Thursday, July 26 2018, 3pm-5pm EDT)
  3. Communication (Thursday, August 30, 2018, 3pm-5pm EDT)
  4. Managing Work (Thursday, September 27 2018, 3pm-5pm EDT)
  5. Conflict Management (Thursday, October 242018, 3pm-5pm EDT)
  6. Vision (Thursday, November 29 2018, 3pm-5pm EST)
  7. Learning and Development (Thursday, January 24 2018, 3-5pm EST)  

All workshops will be interactive, online learning experiences using Zoom video conferencing.

 

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A New Spin on Networking Events

Let's talk networking events. You know that building a network is important to getting a job and moving up in your career, so you attend them, or at least, you've attended them in the past. 

You take your business card and you head over, ready to work the room and meet new connections. Sometimes it pans out, sometimes not. Sometimes, you have to explain what working remotely is all about. And sometimes, it's just a complete wash. 

Now tell me this: have you ever wondered why all these events are still done in person? Think about the time it takes to attend traditional networking events: getting ready, traveling to the place, and then the actual event itself, then traveling back. It seems silly to use all that extra commuting time when there are so many tools that are at our disposal now that make simulating face-to-face interactions so much easier. 

Well, now there is an event that uses these tools to network virtually. 

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Traits of the Best Remote Employees

If you've ever gone through the process of hiring a new team member, you know it can be one of the hardest things you have to do in business. How do you know if someone is the right person? How can you make sure you have the best remote employees on your team? 

While there is no one equation to find the perfect fit for an open position (and one might even argue that there is no such thing as a perfect fit) there are some attributes that make an individual a good fit for a remote position. Here are just some adjectives that describe ideal remote employees.

 Traits of the Best Remote Employees

Curious

Since remote workers often have to do a lot of digging to get a solid understanding of work structure and expectations, curiosity is a key trait to look for. Does the candidate ask questions? How do they solve problems? Are they invested in their own learning and growth? What are they learning right now, or plan to learn in the near future?

Communicative

Communication is...

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Resources for Digital Nomads

As I write to you from Madrid, Spain, and checking things off my work to-do list, it occurred to me that I haven't spent much time on this blog discussing one of the best perks of working remotely: being able to travel while working. If you take this perk to the extreme, you're in a group of professionals called digital nomads.

People have been traveling for work since... well, forever. Hunting, gathering, sailing, exploring, sales...plenty of work-related activities have long involved leaving the home for a certain amount of time.

So what's so special about being a digital nomad?

If you're a digital nomad:

  • All you need to complete your work is a computer and internet connection
  • You can work from literally anywhere in the world — and you do!
  • Your livelihood doesn't depend on you staying in just one place
  • You use various tools to communicate with your team and customers, like email, video chat, Slack, phone, or other tools
  • You have a flexible schedule

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Better Virtual Meetings: Simple Ways to Make Meetings More Productive

In remote teams, meetings are essential to building relationships, communication, and collaboration. But virtual meetings can also be one of the biggest time-wasters in remote teams. 

Tell me if any of the following situations sound familiar:

  • You're at a meeting that you probably don't need to attend, but attendance is mandatory
  •  All anyone is doing at the meeting is presenting updates
  • There is no interaction between meeting participants
  • One or a couple of people dominate the discussion
  • The meeting runs long
  • There is no clear agenda
  • By the end of the meeting, people are confused about next steps

We've all been in meetings that were poorly run, boring, or just unnecessary.

 

Virtual meetings don't have to be that way

Meetings are critical in virtual teams because they provide structured opportunities for team members to interact. Note that the key word here is interact. If your meeting participants are not interacting, then you should rethink the purpose of the...

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Questions to Ask When You're at a Remote Career Crossroads

At some point in our careers, we have all had those moments we can call crossroads, where we need to make a decision about whether to stay in a job or take other opportunities.

This moment could be the result of a job offer, a burning desire to strike off on your own, or it could be the result of your current position not being the best place for you at this moment in your career.

The Remote Career Crossroads

"Should I stay or should I go?"

Before you can answer this BIG question, ask yourself the following series of smaller questions.

What does your ideal job look like?

Describe what you really want to be doing on a daily, monthly, and yearly basis. What kind of projects are you working on? What are you learning? What do you want to accomplish? And finally, how do these responses differ from what you experience in your current position?

Is your ideal job possible in your current organization?

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Protect Your Time When You Work Online: How to Protect Your Most Valuable Resource

TThere are only 480 minutes in a typical 8-hour workday. That's not much time at all.

Especially when you think of the number of minutes that you spend:

  • In meetings
  • Clarifying misunderstandings
  • Writing emails
  • Trying to find documents/emails/etc.
  • Creating or adjusting processes
  • Scheduling meetings
  • In meetings

If your job description includes nothing but meetings... then, great!

But for the rest of us, this is a real problem. How do you protect your time when you work online?

We Spend Much of Our Workday on Anything But Work

How much time do you actually get to spend on your work?

The ugly truth is that a lot of our workday is wasted. That's true for traditional workplaces and it's also true for distributed teams. Here are the four biggest time sucks in remote workplaces:

1. Meetings

There is a tendency in remote teams to think that because the team is distributed, you need more meetings. This is a big mistake—more meetings simply lead to more wasted time....

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You Can Climb the Corporate Ladder Virtually

By Christina Lewellen, MBA, CAE

Like many career-minded individuals, I had professional development and advancement goals for climbing the corporate ladder long before I had heard of the concept of “telework.” As my career has unfolded, I’ve had several opportunities to work virtually but I never lost sight of the trajectory I envisioned for myself. As it turns out, you can have the best of both worlds—but it does take planning, focus, and a willingness to pedal a little bit faster than everyone else.

 

VIRTUAL STRENGTH TRAINING

I started my career in journalism, working for daily newspapers, television, and magazines. Looking back, I now realize that these jobs were my virtual employee strength training program. I worked when the stories broke, but the deadlines were firm and constant. I experienced a boot camp, of sorts—I had flexibility in my schedule but I had hard deliverables and plenty of people watching to make sure I met them.

Years later,...

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