We might fall into the trap of thinking that those that work remote are more distant and even disconnected. In fact, remote working success requires that we are tied onto others and working in tandem.
Three skill sets are required for remote working success today – curiosity, connection and looking beyond the screen. Let’s look at each in turn:
Being curious and open to learning is a key part of remote working success. Part of adopting curiosity as a mindset is remaining open to not knowing the complete picture. When we “think we know” what the context and world of our remote working colleagues is, we may start making assumptions that are unfounded.
Part of developing more curiosity in our remote work involves LISTENING more, asking more questions and being open to learn. It also involves being open to being challenged on your own biases.
- What are the things you want to learn more about?
- What are the things you want to ask more questions about?
- What don’t you know?
Connection is part of the 5 Cs I often talk about in my presentations. Connection with those you work with takes place on multiple levels -
#1 - Making a strong connection with the people you work with. We know that relationships can play as important a role as driving for results. What are you doing to get to know the people you work with? Their preferences around work, communication, decision making etc.?
#2 - Connecting your work with others on the remote team. How does everyone’s work fit together? What elements impact and connect in with each other? There is a fallacy that we work isolation, when in fact for many remote projects the pieces do fit together. Spend some time mapping out the way your work connects.
#3 - What is the connection between your values and behaviors? Our behaviors are magnified in the remote space. What do people see when they are with you? Are your values being clearly communicated? What needs an adjustment?
Looking Beyond The Screen
In order to create remote working success and relationships, it’s important that we look beyond the screen. Our window to remote work is often the frame of the screen we see. What is outside of the screen? What’s important to note about the context in which people are operating? While it may seem disconnected from your work, in fact, it’s often an integral part.
In order to look beyond the screen, consider:
- Having a dialogue (two-way conversation) about how you see your work fitting together and synergizing
- How your work does, or does not align
- What your priorities are
- What are the events that are happening outside your window that are having an impact immediately and strategically?
Remote does not mean disconnected. What is the reframe you want to undertake?
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