July 2, 2020
Last week Greg & Colin had the opportunity to sit down and debrief on the Running Remote Conference with Liam Martin. Liam is the Chief Marketing Officer for both Time Doctor and Staff.com, as well as the co-organizer of the Running Remote Conference. Running Remote is normally an in-person, on-site conference. However, when the COVID crisis hit, the conference pivoted to a virtual approach, with the most recent event taking place remotely on June 17th & 18th (the week before our conversation).
Although we discussed a variety of topics, our interview with Liam was mostly focused on a behind the scenes look at what went into planning the conference. We discuss what went well, what the organizers plan to improve on, and in general the kinds of challenges and opportunities faced in creating a remote conference. If you've ever thought about setting up a virtual conference or speaker event, I would not miss this episode. A big thank you to Liam Martin for making time to have a 'Valley Boys' chat.
If you're interested in the Running Remote Conference, the next conference starts August 12th, 2020 and you can learn more at www.runningremote.com
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June 26, 2020
In today's episode, Greg & Colin talk about Building Culture in a Remote Environment. They discuss how organizations go about defining and constructing their culture with intention, and the impact this can have on making decisions during the remote situation in which many companies now find themselves.
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June 18, 2020
In today's episode, Greg and Colin talk to Andy Knight, the President of Promaxis. Promaxis is a professional services company with several channels, as well as a large physical office in Ottawa that supports their on premises training services. A great chat with Andy about the challenges of the remote transition and how they have tried to adapt. We also discuss Promaxis' approach to a phased return to work plan.
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June 11, 2020
In today's episode, Colin & Greg talk with Terry Tyo, Chief Marketing Officer of Great River Media, and author-to-be. When we spoke with Terry, we were in the early days of COVID isolation and he had been putting new effort into a creative project. We discuss his project, 'Plot Twist!', and how he has handled the remote adjustment, especially in the context of starting a creative project. When you start a creative project, it can be difficult to be self-disciplined to get things done -- even more so in a situation where we are dealing with stress and uncertainty. A great chat with Terry, and some tips on how he was able to create some structure and discipline to the project.
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June 10, 2020
A quick bonus episode for you: Greg and Colin discuss some recent announcements from companies that are extending or making permanent their remote work policies. We discuss the implications and what kinds of considerations should be at play when thinking about these transitions.
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June 4, 2020
In this week's episode, Greg & Colin discuss what new perks a business offers in a remote world. When you can't count on the $30,000 espresso machine, the on site masseuse, the slides and ball pits to get between floors...what are the real perks? When all the distractions are gone, all that's left is the company, the people, and the work.
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May 29, 2020
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May 21, 2020
In today's episode, Greg & Colin talk to remote workforce veteran Jason Cosman, who has been leading software development teams as a remote team manager for 5 years. We talk to Jason about the pros and cons of remote leadership and how he stays connected with teams that could be cities or even continents away.
May 21, 2020
Welcome to Remotely Prepared, the weekly podcast that looks at how industries, organizations and people make business, and life, work at a distance. Greg Thomas and Colin Harding have each worked remotely for clients over the last half decade and know what it takes to make it work. Whether you’re a remote employee or a business leader working through the challenges and opportunities of a remote workforce, this podcast is for you. With a great line of discussions and interviews, we’re here to share experiences, insights, even frustrations, and help you not only survive but thrive in this new remote world.
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