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Looks like remote work and learning are the topics du jour these days in the context of a global health crisis. I have revisited my archive on this blog and other resources I use. Below is what I noticed.

Getting to know people

How do people connect remotely and in person? This blog post shares an interesting question:

“Is it possible to work remotely and have the same level of innovation and human connection that supposedly only arises from serendipitous office interactions?”

Onboarding hybrid teams

“Hybrid teams which 1) meet face to face periodically, 2) meet in dyads when appropriate, and 3) are intentional about engaging in interpersonal as well as transactional interactions during online meetings, eliminate many of the deficits of virtual teams. They build the relationships and trust necessary to increase collaboration, engagement and knowledge sharing.” — Nancy Dixon

My learning partner, Taruna Goel shared her experience and thoughts:

“I work in hybrid teams too. I think its possible to have meaningful human connections when working remotely if the work is designed to support these connections and the culture nurtures serendipity – remote or otherwise!” — @write2tg

Taruna says more in her Linkedin article:

“Remote work is not for everyone. It does take a certain bent of mind and a specific way of working. But anyone can be successful at remote work if they are able to follow good work practices and stay motivated, committed and disciplined.”

What’s in it for me / us?

“It is also possible, and less costly, for pairs or trios of team members to meet for a few days to work on joint projects or to problem solve.” HT @kwooleyy

Using emergent practices

How to do so? Here are my two cents: working and learning out loud can work if:

  • People build on each other ideas.
  • People know who to hear, and know how to jump in with valuable insights, experience, thoughts and resources while knowing how to work and learning remotely together.
  • People know how to use third places for doing so and are digital proficient.

What experienced workers share on remote work practices: six tips for working in an all-distributed team, or even partially-distributed one, from beginner to advanced.

“1. Choose async over sync whenever you can — but always 2-way.

2. If you have to use Slack, make ⛺️🚩 tents as makeshift conference rooms

3. Learn from YouTubers how to make sharable videos quickly.

4. Have a beer-cake-kombucha list by which you can treat a teammate.

5. When on a video call with a large audience, ask for cameras on and always call on folks by name.

6. Use shared time as a surrogate for shared space by MTW-ing it regularly.” @johnmaeda

Learning by doing

I have hanged out with different global remote teams for doing projects. I have learned from and with different hungry and curious minds. Learnabilities and cultures. I have developed digital products and services remotely with teams and an ecosystem of co-creators.

It is about developing yourself to engage yourself and other people to develop better people in any team, network, organisation, community – in person and remotely, methinks.

I keep learning in networks and communities through the Personal Knowledge Mastery online workshop and global community, the Perpetual Beta Coffee Club, the Institute For the Future (@IFTF) on Futures Thinking through meet ups, webinars and online courses, and from next week with the 21st Century Explorers Community through live monthly remote salon, that is facilitated by Jillian Reilly from Antacara Frontiers and Connectle.

“Communities are, at their core, the way people have always come together to learn. They provide the space, relationships, collisions, and trust necessary to create shared meaning, to iterate on emergent ideas, and to norm new patterns and behaviors.” @rhappe

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