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Successful Mobility is Dependent on Mindful Management
December 16, 2010
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Distributed teams share many of the same characteristics of physically co-located teams but how they are managed is distinctly different. Here’s a brief, admittedly linear methodology for mindfully addressing the ways distributed teams must be managed. The first thing, define what we’re talking about – THEN develop a solution. Here are some of the variables: Is this an inter or intra organizational team? What is the degree of physical separation? within a City? A Time zone? A region? Globally? What is the age distribution of the team? What kind of work are we...
Mobility Programs Save Jobs
November 02, 2010
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Buildings are notoriously static things. It takes a long time to get them built and a long time to get them off your books once you decide to vacate. To compensate, corporate real estate professionals usually bank vacant space. They don’t want to be the ones blamed for a business unit not meeting their numbers. “We couldn’t hire anyone because they had no place to put them”, they say. I’ve heard this. It’s smoke. But CRE folks just don’t want to be part of this argument. They don’t want to be the excuse for the company not meeting its numbers. I...
You have a Telework Policy – Now What?
October 19, 2010
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So you’ve drunk the Kool-aid and know deep down that a mobile workforce is the inevitable wave that will wash through your workplace. It’ll save you money, reduce carbon, manage risk and best of all, help you recruit and retain your best employees. You’ve released your Telework policy (after all that legal review) and you’re ready to reap the benefits. Not so fast. As you’ve known all along, it takes a lot more than a written policy to move your leaders, managers and your workforce into the mobile world. Here are a few “to dos” to get you started: Get...
If you want your company to fail, reject Mobility
July 21, 2010
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I had a conversation the other day with a potential big corporate client. They invited me in to talk about making their workforce mobile (because that’s what I do). They agreed that all the reasons for going Mobile (financial, sustainable, attract/retain talent, reduce risk, increase productivity, etc.) were sound but they kept coming back to this one barrier – “Our culture won’t accept it”. I was nice. I tried to talk them through some of their issues; devise schemes to get through the blocks. But they were steadfast in their deep belief that their particular...
We Must Broaden the Future of Work Discussion Beyond Design
July 05, 2010
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I love good architecture and interior design as much as anyone. My sensibilities and training have tuned in me a true appreciation for how good design can make you feel; how it can inspire something beyond thought. But good design is not the future of work. Much of the discourse over the past twenty years on the new workplace has been driven by the great thinkers at DEGW, Gensler, HOK, BHDP, etc. I thank them for driving the discussion to higher and higher places. But the discussion inevitably always ends up with a design solution (you know, if all you have is hammer, everything looks like a...
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