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Archive | November, 2009

Today we have a guest post by James Ware.  James is the co-founder of the Work Design Collaborative and the Future of Work program. We all know there is a virtual explosion of distributed/mobile/flexible work occurring across theeconomy, including large organizations, small businesses, and free agents/entrepreneurs. In fact, our research suggests that fully 15% of […]

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Workshifting in the Cloud

Posted by on 29 November 2009

Last week I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with Steve Bristol and Allan Branch, the founders of Less Everything.  Our company uses both Less Accounting and Less Time Spent, two cloud based, small business applications that the duo has developed.  (Disclosure: I would make love to both of these apps if […]

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“Mobility as a Service” Adoption

Posted by on 28 November 2009

Today we have a guest post from Sean Ryan.  Sean is a research analyst with IDC focused on mobile enterprise software. Mobility as a Service (MaaS), may be another buzzword for the road, but there is a very real shift underway towards adoption of SaaS-based solutions for mobile devices. This includes SaaS-based solutions with mobile […]

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Although slowed by the recession, executives are still watching closely the trends in the workshifting world. As we rebound many executives are being asked to answer the following question: How will we come out of the recession strong and how does flexible working play into our changing workforce definitions? Clearly the demand for workshifting has […]

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I’ve been having some troubles with my laptop’s wireless card over the past couple weeks that have resulted in many (painful) hours of support calls. As most of you Workshifters can attest, there’s nothing more frustrating than having IT issues that prevent you from connecting with the rest of your team and getting your work […]

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Thoughts on Poetry in Business

Posted by on 23 November 2009

“Disturb us, Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little,when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore.” – Sir Francis Drake, 1577 “Should we be spending millions of dollars getting to Mars during a down economy?”  Recently a friend of […]

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5 Tools for Workshifters

Posted by on 19 November 2009

Workshifting is a state of mind, and for it to succeed, managers and employees need to change how they view productivity, time, loyalty and work-life balance. But technology can help, too. I like to say that technology has allowed us to get to the point where workshifting is possible (thanks, Internet). But technology is now […]

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Recently I had two more team members that started workshifting full time.  One moved to San Francisco and the other to Oregon.  This can be a little bit like tearing off a Band-Aid.  The sting of reality can hit quickly. The transition from a fully supported employee, with things such as a creative culture, big brain […]

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Inflight Workshifting Tips

Posted by on 16 November 2009

While sitting on the tarmac at Dubai International Airport I wanted to check in and share some of my inflight workshifting tips.  With all of the international travel that I’ve been doing lately, it has become essential to develop a method for working from the tiny confines of an airplane seat. If you have trouble […]

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Are Good Webinars Missing in Action?

Posted by on 11 November 2009

Imagine switching on your HDTV eager to watch a show at 9. There you are, popcorn in hand, only to find a blank screen. Then a voice comes on and says they’re waiting for a few more people to tune in, “please stand by.” Meanwhile, they offer a static page with the name of the […]

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