Influencing Virtual Teams

Book Review: Influencing Virtual Teams

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Managing a virtual team isn’t an easy task. The biggest challenge is pretty obvious: how do you manage individuals who you’re not with on a day-to-day basis? It’s tough, and there is no clear, single answer to that. Often times, managers use various strategies and tactics to be able to successfully manage a remote team.

There’s lots of advice out there that gives broad ideas on how you can manage your remote team, but often times, they leave you wanting more specific information on exactly how to do it. For instance, many managers know that trust is a huge factor when managing a virtual team, but how do you increase trust?

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12 Rules of Etiquette for Coworking Newbies

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Thinking of getting a coworking membership to get some work done? Awesome!

Coworking space novices may be unfamiliar with the coworking culture. And yes, it’s slightly different from working at a regular office. As with all places, there’s certain etiquette that comes with coworking spaces. Doing whatever you please is a great way to create some unhappy neighbors and coworkers very fast.

To help you get acquainted with coworking rules and etiquette, we’ve created a list to make sure you’re in-line:

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future of work

Future of Work Friday: Rotating buildings, smart desks, & multiple cup Keurigs

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If you can’t already tell, new technology is being developed at a rapid rate. It’s amazing to watch how technology has changed and is continuing to make advancements in our lives.

As new technology emerges, it’ll be amazing to see how it will change not only our daily lives, but also our work lives. In this week of the future of work, have been developments with a new Google Glass app that you don’t even have to touch—you control it with your thoughts! Also, there are developments in rotating office buildings, tables that immediately adjust to your sitting or standing position, Amtrak introduces high speed internet, and finally a Keurig that will brew more than one cup at a time.

Here’s what happened this week in technology that could impact the future of work:

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coworking meetups

Awesome Coworking Meetups You Should Check Out

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You don’t have to work out of your home just because you tell people that you “work from home.” Work flexibility is liberation from the traditional office desk!

You can work from a coffee shop, a library, or even a park bench if you wanted to. One type of location that’s increasing in popularity these days is the coworking space. Coworking spaces are popping up in metropolitan cities around the world. (There’s even one located on the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria island! No joke.)

Coworking spaces are a great places to meet other people to share ideas for business or simply making new friends. In cities around the world, there are coworking communities that include entrepreneurs, freelancers, remote workers, and startups. One of the great perks of working at a coworking space is that you can participate in one of their many events.

There are also lots of coworking Meetups that support the coworking community. Coworking Meetups include a wide variety of events ranging from product show and tells to guerrilla coworking. We’ve compiled a list of Meetups in several metropolitan cities around the US. If you know of any cool Coworking Meetups in your city, share it in the comment section below!

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The Sqwiggle Sessions, Episode 4 – “MCU”

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On this episode of The Sqwiggle Sessions, Co-founders Matt, Eric and Tom discuss an upcoming feature on Sqwiggle which is an MCU allowing for 10+ person video discussions. We’ll also discuss the challenges that come along with building this technology!

The Surf Office

Take a Coworking Vacation at The Surf Office

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Imagine this: You wake up in your private room at head to a shared office to crank out some tasks. You decide to take a break from your computer, so you take a stroll. Three minutes later, you find yourself at a beach, unwinding to the sounds of the ocean break and the sand between your toes.

This might sound like a place that only exists in your dreams. Don’t worry–it actually exists!

It’s called The Surf Office, and it’s located in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. Employees with flexible options looking to integrate a vacation into their work should consider going here to get some work done, but to also get some sun. the surf office Read more »

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Work While You Travel: 10 Tips for Working on an Airplane

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One of the greatest benefits of flexible working is that you can work anywhere: on a beach, on a train, or on a plane! Using technology to stay connected to work on the road (or in the air) is getting easier; WiFI, power outlets, and other amenities are being offered at airports and in airplanes, allowing you to be productive when you hit the skies.

The Sqwiggle team is extremely familiar with getting work done on the plane, since we don’t have a central office. To help you prepare for working during your flight, they offered the following tips:

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