WORK TOGETHER ANYWHERE BOOK

A Handbook on Working Remotely — Successfully — for Individuals, Teams, & Managers

“Lisette is a virtual virtuoso, and Work Together Anywhere is a tour de force and a labor of love. An important contribution to this new way of working.”

—Howard Esbin, CEO at Prelude Suite

Written by Lisette Sutherland & K. Janene-Nelson
Foreword by Jurgen Appelo, CEO at Happy Melly

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ABOUT THE BOOK

In today’s modern global economy, telecommuting is no longer a novelty. Companies and organizations everywhere are embracing the game-changing benefits of allowing employees to work outside the office, and the results are profound: managers benefit by saving money and resources and by having access to talent outside their zip codes, while employees enjoy greater job opportunities, productivity, independence, and satisfaction—in part from the time saved not commuting.

The reality is clear: working remotely can be a win-win for everyone.

But that win is only possible when companies have a plan for supporting efficiency and fostering streamlined, engaging teamwork, and when individuals are prepared to collaborate productively. In Work Together Anywhere, Lisette Sutherland, an international champion of virtual-team strategies, offers a full-service guide to thriving in the remote workplace.

Sharing powerful advice gleaned from professional experience, extensive research, and interviews with workers and manager/owners around the world, Work Together Anywhere sets out a complete blueprint for optimizing team success, including:

  • assessing and developing an individual’s team-focused capacity
  • establishing a remote-ready office
  • crafting team agreements
  • running effective online meetings
  • facilitating positive communication practices

Packed with hands-on materials and actionable advice for cultivating camaraderie, agility, and collaboration, Work Together Anywhere is a thorough and inspiring must-have guide for anyone who wants to get ahead in today’s remote-working world.

book CONTENTS

PART I—Setting the Scene: Some of the Who, What, Where, and Why of Remote Working
Chapter 1. Setting the Scene: Why Are Individuals Going Remote? Workplace Flexibility
Chapter 2. How Remote Working Benefits Employers

PART I EXTRAS
Frequently Asked Questions
At a Glance: How to Replicate Online the Benefits of Working On-Site

PART II EXTRAS
Questionnaire for Individuals: Are You Ready to Work Remotely?
Convincing Your Boss (or Team)
Seeking Remote Employment
FlexJobs List: 100 Top Companies with Remote Jobs in 2018

PART III—Successful Remote Teams 101: Hiring and Transitioning
Chapter 5. Hiring Remote Workers and Teams
Chapter 6. Transitioning Toward the Remote Option

PART III EXTRAS
Cheat Sheet: What to Look for When Interviewing a Remote Worker—Plus Sample Questions for Assessing a Candidate
Remote-Only Manifesto

PART IV—Successful Remote Teams 201: Managing
Chapter 7. Commit and Lead, Trust and Succeed
Chapter 8. Facilitate Their Success with Leadership, Alignment, and a Full Arsenal
Chapter 9. Tune Your Team with a Working Agreement
Chapter 10. Bring It All Together

PART IV EXTRAS
Manager’s Action Plan
Remote Team Agreement: Instructions & Template
Tips for Online Meetings: Facilitators
Tips for Online Meetings: Participants

Conclusion: Doing Great Things Together

Resources
Glossary
Interviewees
Technology & Tools
For Further Reading/Listening/Consultation
Work Together Anywhere Workshop
Notes
Index

REVIEWS

“Having thoroughly researched digital work life and virtual teamwork—and then practicing and perfecting what she’s learned—Lisette can teach you everything you need to know to be a success in the remote-work arena.”

—FROM THE FOREWORD BY Jurgen Appelo

“Lisette Sutherland, with K. Janene-Nelson, have created the definitive, breakthrough, how-to manual. Consider their work a must-have as vital as a dictionary or thesaurus, especially if you have any doubts about the effectiveness of remote workers.”

Jim Emerick, Choinque

“Remote working, flexible working, smart working … just the explosion of jargon is a key indicator of the socioeconomic shift which signals the mass-market need for this book…. [I]f I could reach back through time and hand my early-millennial self a copy of Lisette Sutherland’s new book Work Together Anywhere, it would have been a priceless gift…. [It’s] a really comprehensive manual of checklists, considerations and questions … [a book] to dip in and out of regularly, taking pride of place on any workspace bookshelf – wherever it is.”

Maya Middlemiss – LinkedIn Pulse

“… the best book on the topic of #remotework so far. If there was a class on remote – working, building and leading, Work Together Anywhere would be the textbook.”

Luis Magalhaes, Director of Marketing at DistantJob

“Absolutely amazing. The interviews shed light on the realities of what it takes to work remotely and the author’s authentic voice pulls you in and takes you on her journey with her. This is a unique book that’s tapped into a niche market that’s only continuing to grow. Bravo, well done. I highly recommend it for anyone who cares about remote working and doing it well!”

Amazon Customer Review

“AN EXCELLENT GUIDE on how teams can effectively work together, regardless of location.”
—STEPHANE KASRIEL, former CEO OF UPWORK

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisette Sutherland is a public speaker, workshop leader, entrepreneur, and virtual virtuoso. She is the director of Collaboration Superpowers, a company that helps people work together from anywhere through online and in-person workshops. Her Collaboration Superpowers podcast was deemed among the Best Remote Work Podcasts by Workplaceless and one of 6 Best Productivity Podcasts for Your Team by Hive. She lives in the Netherlands and works anywhere there’s a digital connection.

FEATURED IN NEW YORK TIMES

[F]or many [remote] workers, [now] separated from the interpersonal exchange of traditional offices, mobility has left them feeling disoriented. People want autonomy but, it turns out, they still crave structure and social interaction….

Newer collaboration technology, however, can enable the very feedback loops young workers are missing, said Lisette Sutherland, an expert on working remotely and the author of the book Work Together Anywhere.

“You have to make communicating with each other so easy that it’s like talking to someone right next to you,” Sutherland said. “It sounds really simple, but most multinational workers don’t even have headsets. Another big part of it is turning the video on. People don’t realize how much team building you can do just by turning on the screen.”

Sutherland said that the richer, real-time interface provided by a new wave of technological advances will help quell the isolation people feel when working at home. Robotic cameras that move through the halls of an office and pivot to look around a conference room will help remote workers feel more connected.