LEADING FROM ANYWHERE : The Essential Guide to Managing Remote TeamsDavid Burkus
LIGHTLY USED, HARDCOVER
Guidance & Insights Into Effectively Leading And Managing Teams In A Remote Work Environment
|Free Cover-Pages Wrapping
|Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
|05 January 2021
|21.7 × 14.5 × 2.8 cm
1 in stock
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★★ Unlock the Power and Performance of Remote Teams ★★
The ultimate guide to leading remote teams, tackling the key challenges that managers face—from hiring and onboarding new members from afar to building culture remotely, tracking productivity, communicating speedily, and avoiding burnout
This book is about leading teams remotely. Working remotely is turning into the default way of activity due to the consequences of the recent global pandemic. Thanks to the merits of telecommunication technologies that facilitate the telepresence of leaders and employees such as Zoom, Skype, and FaceTime, teams coordinate many of their works remotely.
It’s undeniable that we’re entering a new era of remote work. While many leaders seek to run business as usual, why settle for the usual when remote teams allow us to work even better? The research shows that employees are more productive and engaged when they have the freedom to work from anywhere.
Telecommunication is only one element of the new normal and bringing teams together remotely requires leaders’ effective communication literacy and skills such as building culture remotely, making connections, building bonds, leading virtual meetings, and keeping engaged. This book informs leaders of the most important skills of remote leadership.
Which means leaders need the skills to lead from anywhere.
In this meticulously researched, refreshingly practical book, top business thought leader David Burkus provides managers with the field guide to leading remotely, packed with everyday examples and illuminating insights. Structured around the life cycle of working on a team, Burkus tackles the key inflection points and challenges that remote managers face, from taking the team remote and adding new members to communicating effectively and quickly, managing performance, keeping the team engaged, and even helping them strike the right balance between work and life.
Burkus questions the general assumptions about team culture cutely. Examining the intangible nature of culture, especially in remote contexts, he defines a thriving team culture and offers tactics to build that kind of culture among the members of remote teams. He refers to the experience of companies that have been operating remotely from the very beginning and well-known for their constructive organizational culture.
Burkus has suggested leadership tips and tactics that enable leaders to add new members to their remote teams. His insights help them make sure they attract the right people to their organizations even if they have to meet their new colleagues remotely through video calls. For example, he mentions the experience of a company that provided candidates with a trial period of cooperation.
This is not about getting free work; it is about assessing the candidates’ working capabilities. All candidates got a standard, hourly, fair-market wage. At the end of the trial, those who worked with the candidates submit their feedback. If that feedback is positive, and the person fits the company, then the hiring officer suggests an offer to the qualified candidate.
Burkus also keeps an eye on generating a sense of connectedness by building bonds that might be stronger than in-person relations might while team members work separately. He explains how effective leaders can communicate with their teammates. He reviews different types of communication and examines best practices for each medium with a focus on getting works done. He extends his discussion to team meetings and reviews the opportunities and challenges that virtual meetings bring to leaders and employees.
The most interesting part of the book is chapter seven where Burkus discusses problem-solving and creative thinking in remote teams. He believes that lone and creative individuals can generate the best ideas and creativity is a team sport. And it’s no different for remote teams. While “brainstorming” meetings may not be as enjoyable as in-person meetings, organizational leaders can design and lead problem-solving processes effectively.
Burkus refers to the experience of the astronauts who have accomplished their co-thinking missions successfully by following specific checklists thousands of miles away from the earth. He believes that brainstorming on a video call is possible and leaders need to have at least three different meetings at three points in the process.
Burkus encourages leaders to rethink performance management. The idea that presence equals productivity management may be no longer valid, especially concerning teams that have to cooperate remotely. Smart team leaders know how to help their teammates establish measurements that matter, and that matters even more in remote work.
In Burkus’s view, it is about supporting the team to do their work, not spying on them to check whether they are working. Based on that assumption, he examines the other side of staying productive: silencing distractions. Burkus believes that remote-team leaders help their team establish boundaries between remote work and the rest of their life even when things get blurry. It helps prevent burnout and increase productivity.
The book ends with the final stage of a remote team’s life cycle. It considers the most difficult challenge any team faces: saying goodbye. No team lasts forever, and competent team leaders help their teammates stay connected to their colleagues while also helping them get ready to thrive on their next team.
Burkus writes, “Instead of treating every departure as a betrayal and a security risk, smart remote leaders know they need to celebrate departures.” He believes that showing appreciation and excitement by explaining how they want to stay in touch is vital for a friendly and constructive farewell.
Burkus has written a thorough and well-documented book that enhances leaders’ knowledge of remote leadership. The point of this book is to reveal the contingencies of leading teams while the leader has to run the organization remotely. As part of his writing effort, he has used informative web-based resources such as online journal papers, articles, and blog posts that point to the main topic of the book directly or indirectly. He has listed them at the end of the book.
Also, he has listed some rules for remote leaders at the end of each chapter that may work together as a comprehensive checklist. Burkus has enriched his book by adding two appendices down the book. The first appendix contains a list of technologies for remote leaders with some links. The second one addresses some questions that Burkus preferred to answer separately.
Leading from Anywhere adds up to what leaders know to survive and thrive as the heads of remote teams. COVID-19 has shown that teams can cooperate effectively while they work separately. The content of the book is something leaders need to apply to their leadership not just during the pandemic days but also in a post-pandemic era. It describes remote team leadership, associated opportunities and challenges, and vital competencies for leaders.
The book provides a sense of orientation toward the virtual aspects of management and leadership. It helps leaders understand that they need to become more of a mentor and a navigator who helps employees build their networks. Leading teams remotely in virtual environments, leaders have to set clear goals and expectations while simultaneously trusting employees to do their jobs. Leaders need to be able to develop a common team identity and shape a vision for the future. They need to know what they stand for and should be the ones defining the values of the company.
Leading from Anywhere provides everything you’ll need to survive and thrive as the leader of a remote team—something all leaders will need to consider themselves from now on.
About the Author :
One of the world’s leading business thinkers, David Burkus’ forward-thinking ideas and bestselling books are helping leaders and teams do their best work ever. He is the best-selling author of four books about business and leadership. His books have won multiple awards and have been translated into dozens of languages. His insights on leadership and teamwork have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, USAToday, Fast Company, the Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CNN, the BBC, NPR, and CBS This Morning.
Since 2017, Burkus has been ranked as one of the world’s top business thought leaders by Thinkers50. As a sought-after international speaker, his TED Talk has been viewed over 2 million times. He’s worked with leaders from organizations across all industries including Google, Stryker, Fidelity, Viacom, and even the US Naval Academy.
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