by Sam at Management 3.0
It’s been nearly one year since so much of the world went into some sort of lockdown and a lot of people started working remotely. It’s also been a while since we compiled a TED list and so we thought what better time than now to give you some tangible advice about how to be a successful remote worker and team, from people who have lived and breathed it, for years and more recently.
Here are five excellent TED talks to help you work better remotely:
#1: Three Steps to Stop Remote Work Burnout: A short one but an important one. Morra Aarons-Mele, says too much screen time, too many video calls and too few boundaries make working from home hard for all of us. Here is some honest advice on what you can learn from the introverts in your life about protecting your energy and your limits.
#2: Work Together Anywhere: In full transparency, Lisette Sutherland was a former Management 3.0 colleague, but we’re putting her talk here because she is one of the pioneers of remote working for teams. Her company, Collaboration Superpowers, began way before remote working was a ‘thing’, and today she is using years of experience and knowledge, to help teams and individuals navigate the pandemic madness.
#3: Remotely Productive: You can work from home: Jay has been programming professionally for over 10 years. Half of that time has been completely remote. Gain insights into the unique challenge that is working so far from your peers.
#4: The Surprising Power of Remote Work: Sam shares his adventures living abroad and working remotely to emphasize how choosing less possessions can create a happy, rich and fulfilling life while having the free time to chase curiosities and potential passions. Exposure to “radically different” ways of living not only gives you more choice and power to create the life you want to live, but also leads to a more empathetic and connected world, he said.
#5: Ten Ways to Have Better Conversations: While this talk isn’t specifically focused on remote working, we included it because one of the most important things when remote working, is being able to properly communicate. Celeste Headlee gives an excellent talk about how to have conversations and says that most of us don’t converse very well. “Go out, talk to people, listen to people,” she says. “And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed,” she says.