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Thriving in a Team of Strangers

Posted by on 30 June 2010

Welcome to the team. You’ll be thrown into yet another new workspace with new faces and new challenges. You’ll vet possible solutions then rework, refine, and reduce your strategy. At the same time, your new team will have to establish roles, goals, and subgroups to reach a shared vision. We’ve all experienced the phenomenon of […]

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“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.” […]

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If you’re visiting this site, you’re probably a workshifter. Or, at the very least, someone who’s interested in the subject and the lifestyle. But some people don’t choose to be workshifters — they have workshifting thrust upon them. Many of those folks aren’t prepared when they need to move outside of the familiar confines of […]

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Two Peas in a “Green” Pod

Posted by on 25 June 2010

What the BP Oil Spill and My Grandpa Have in Common Where the wind comes rushing down “the plain” (also known as Oklahoma), three windmills and a solar panel stand in my grandpa’s backyard.  As a self-proclaimed “poor German immigrant,” my grandpa uses his “every penny counts” attitude and self-taught engineering skills to build these […]

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Many of you who read this blog are probably users of social technologies like Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr. I know I am! The interesting thing is the way people use the technologies. For business for personal or combining the two you’ll never see the same usage pattern twice! I’d love to share a story with […]

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Finding Creativity On The Road

Posted by on 23 June 2010

Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. -Seneca Like many of you, my work consists of traveling in planes, trains, and cars, and staying in hotels of different varieties. Some of the locations are stunning, and the landscapes are postcard perfect.  Other trips involve projects where I may not get to […]

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The Undiluted Joy of Email …

Posted by on 22 June 2010

I don’t think there’s likely to be much argument if I aver that email is the number one method of communication between remote workers, at least in a business context. And for most people, email is synonymous with Microsoft’s Outlook software. So I’d like to use this post to make a few points on the […]

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I was speaking with a friend the other day about my Workshifting arrangement with MindFire, when she asked me what other types of professions would “allow” or work for this type of remote working arrangement. It caught me off guard, because I hadn’t really thought of Workshifting as being exclusive to only certain professions. Of […]

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I’ve never been much for office politics (or offices for that matter), but conversation is another story. Conversation matters. It breaks up the day. It gives you a mental break. Plus we all need someone with whom we can bounce off ideas. But where’s a workshifter to go for water cooler conversation? I have three […]

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Are you one of those perfect neat and tidy types? The kind that never have a pencil out of place or a double booking in your schedule? If that is the case then you really don’t need to read this. However, If you are like the rest of the 99% of us….Read On! Nope I’m […]

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