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In 2009 Forrester Research predicted that more than half the workforce would be teleworking by 2016: “Fueled by broadband adoption, better collaboration tools, and growing management experience, the U.S. telecommuting ranks will swell to 63 million by 2016. Those 29 million new telecommuters lined up five abreast would stretch from New York to LA! Leading […]

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In a perfect world, we would pull together a team of people, schedule a meeting, and brainstorm solutions to problems. But when you work “on your own” or “on the go,” being able to problem solve by yourself is critical. Workshifting means being able to figure out challenges without conference rooms and lots of people. […]

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  Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe I’ve been workshifting for almost ten years. That’s how long I’ve had my consulting business. For me, work happens in many different places: home, airports, hotels, coffee shops, and sometimes client sites. One thing I learned early in my consulting life, which still holds true today, is […]

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Could You Work in an Office?

Posted by on 2 February 2011

Could you work in an office? Not your office, but the kind that requires you to be somewhere else from 9 to 5. With people tracking your comings and goings, your lunch breaks, and how often you appear to be on a tweetchat or otherwise surfing the Web. You know. Office Space. The Office. One […]

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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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Being a workshifter involves doing a lot of things independently – resolving your own conflicts, figuring out the solutions to your own problems and creating your own work. It also involves thinking about your own future and generating your professional development plan. In a traditional office environment, your boss might tell you what skills to […]

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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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In a recent cover story in Business Week, Gen-Y was painted as a helpless group. A large population that is settling for underpaying opportunities, moving into fields just to have a cube to call home or staying home with mom and dad while they wait out the Recovery Plan. Only 46% of people aged 16-24 […]

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Today Zack Grossbart stops by again to provide some tips for effectively hiring workshifters.  Zack is the author of the upcoming book The One Minute Commute and writes over on his blog.  Zack focuses much of his writing on exploring how to build distributed teams using best practices from the high-tech industry. Hiring a workshifter […]

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