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Our last installment in this series about the qualities of workshifting deals with change. Not change management because that’s an organizational process. The idea behind “manage to change” lies in the ability of each individual to change as necessary. Just as a quick recap, here are the five qualities we’ve discussed so far: #1 – […]

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Mapping Your Workshifting Community

Posted by on 21 December 2010

The great thing about being a workshifter is that I’m unencumbered by the formal trappings of the corporate office. Well, I don’t actually have a corporate office, but you get the idea. The downside, of course, is that I don’t have the infrastructure either. And phone lines never go down and hard drives never crash […]

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Sometimes we don’t have a choice. Like not being able to leave the house because snow is packed against the storm door. Or not being able to get the car out of the garage because a five-foot snowdrift is jammed against the garage door. Or not being able to drive to work because a two-day […]

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Inspirational People in 2010

Posted by on 20 December 2010

Workshifting requires regular doses of inspiration. This year, I was fortunate to find great inspiration. I thought it would be nice to share some of the names of the people that made me better. A better writer, a better listener, better wine drinker, better father, more patient, more giving, more focused, less inhibited, and just […]

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Tap Your Tribe to Reach the Top

Posted by on 17 December 2010

“Hi. My name is Heather. I’m a marketing consultant, and I’m self-employed.” You’re familiar with the scene, the one with anxious-looking people sitting in chairs cast in a circle. They each take turns introducing themselves, then follow with the statement that balances any socio-economic inequity and forces attention on the common thread tying them all […]

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Winter has come early in the UK – we usually assume snow and ice will only arrive after the New Year – and given me a sharp reminder of how the seasons affect life as a workshifter based mainly at home. I feel the cold so sitting for long periods at my computer is a […]

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Workshifting Through the Holidays

Posted by on 13 December 2010

Ah, the holidays. Time to relax, hang out with the family, and celebrate the joys of the season. This time of year I’m reminded of what it was like to work in an office environment. Work started to slow down as people left early to start their holidays. Quiet afternoons gave way to informal gatherings […]

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Coping with Flexibility Anxiety

Posted by on 10 December 2010

Recently, I caught up with an old college acquaintance. Nick is new to the workshifting world. He is finding his liberation from the cube farm exciting and daunting. His background is in finance, where the office environments are notoriously “cheek in seat.” He explained that everyone focused on keeping up with appearances instead of being […]

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Last month we published an infographic on the international language of business based on a study that Citrix Online commissioned from Forrester Consulting. Today we’re happy to launch the results of that study. The study yielded surprising findings related to generational and cultural working behaviors that impact how businesses communicate and collaborate in an increasingly […]

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Where Work Happens

Posted by on 8 December 2010

Recently I listened to a very good TEDx talk given by Jason Fried, titled Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work.  Much of what he espouses, I agree with, such as a traditional office is not our most productive work environment.  His issue with the office is involuntary interruptions and meetings.  Jason says that meetings are […]

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