Tammy Bjelland: Workplaceless
Tammy Bjelland is the Founder and CEO of Workplaceless, a training company that teaches remote workers, leaders, and companies how to work, lead, grow, and thrive in distributed environments. Workplaceless is a fully distributed company supporting enterprise, remote, and government clients such as Toyota, GitLab, and the US Department of Commerce.
In this conversation, Tammy and I discuss how leaders can establish a mindset that helps them lead remote teams more successfully. We discuss how to take on a placeless mindset, explore the importance of shifting from how to why, and the best starting points for a communication charter.
Five key principles of a Placeless mindset:
- Embrace location independence over physical presence.
- Empower autonomous work with flexible schedules.
- Impact productivity with asynchronous communication and collaboration.
- Be open and transparent.
- Trust your colleague and employees.
- Fear of losing control tends to keep organizations from being able to make useful shifts in mindset.
- Leaders and organizations that move beyond the “how” of remote work and focus first on the “why” will have more sustainable success.
- Beware of simply trying to replicate what happened in the office. The whole point of remote work is that it is not like the office.
- Establish a communication charter. This makes it clear what tools are best — and also how to intervene when things don’t work as anticipated.
- Start With Why, with Simon Sinek (episode 223)
- How to Balance Care and Accountability When Leading Remotely, with Jonathan Raymond (episode 464)
- How to Lead a Remote Team, with Susan Gerke (episode 465)
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