Last week, I reached Episode 50 on the Collaboration Superpowers podcast. When I first started working on the podcast, I wasn’t sure what it would turn into or how long I would continue. But it’s been almost a year, and I can’t express in words how much pleasure I’ve gotten from each of the interviews I’ve done. It’s been life changing.
But more than meeting all of these great people myself, the real joy has been seeing all of my interviewees connecting with each other on social media and collaborating on projects together! If nothing else were to come from doing this except for just that, I will be one blissed out podcaster!
For the 50th episode, I went through all of the podcasts and tried to highlight just five. It was nearly impossible, but I forced myself to do it.
Meeting Pilar Orti has been one of the best collaborations I’ve had! After her interview, she contacted me and asked me to appear as a regular guest on her podcast “The 21st Century Work Life Podcast“. And now, every other week, we have “Virtual Coffee with Lisette” where we discuss all kinds of topics related to remote working.
I didn’t include her interview in the Greatest Hits episode. Instead, I included a sound clip she made as a promotion for our virtual coffees. So technically, she didn’t count as one of the top five. Love loopholes!
More than any other interview, people seem to mention my interview with Swedish creativity expert, Teo Härén. He talks about the importance of working from the place where you are most productive, whether that’s the office or from the Maldives. And he gives a great example about how he and his twin brother solve the same problem differently
Jeremy Stanton was one of the first interviews I ever did. He blew me away with how much useful information he had to share. And he introduced me to the concept of “Remote First” (though he doesn’t call it that in the interview). Remote First is the idea that you have remote processes in place even if you don’t have remote workers, which gives your business a competitive advantage.
As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of space exploration and interviewing NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) was a real treat. I was thrilled to interview Brian Day, the Lead for Citizen Science and Community Development. We talk about touring the moon virtually, and possibly working there!
Lucius Bobikiewicz provided me with an “aha moment” during his interview that fundamentally changed how I give the online version of the Work Together Anywhere Workshop. We discuss how important it is for remote teams to have a common collaboration space (like a simple Google Spreadsheet) where team members can add ideas and even drawings during conversations.
And last, but absolutely not least… Yegor Bugayenko. Yegor’s interview has sparked more conversations than any other interview. His company, Teamed.io, develops software in an “extremely” distributed mode. They have no central office, no meetings, no emails, no conference calls, and no team building. How do they do it? You’ll have to listen to find out! 🙂
A huge thank you to everyone I interviewed for the great conversations and the treasure trove of information. Another huge thank you to Nick, the Podcast Monster, for the advice, encouragement, and fantastic production. And an enormous thank you to everyone who listens, comments, and leaves reviews!