Tighten Your Grip, and Star Systems Will Slip Through Your Fingers

Princess Leia had a point when she told Tarkin to back off with the Death Star. This week, I shared a report that moves managers to adopt a remote mindset. While frequent checkins are good, you shouldn’t overdo it.

To find the frequency, just ask your people what works best based on their personal style.¬†Micromanaging won’t do you any favors, and too much distance will rob you of the moments critical to success. HBR’s Jesse Sostrin says asking not only informs a baseline, “but also gives them autonomy in how the delegated work will move forward.”

Be mindful and listen. “Have an eye for detail, but don’t nitpick or act like you know everything‚ÄĒyour coworkers won’t like feeling stifled.” Still having trouble? Read up on F2F vs. asynchronous communication, and check your grip. [ source ]

Good Managers Adopt a Remote Mindset

A new study shows differences between remote and onsite workers, including division of labor, perceptions of coworkers, and experiences with tech. Remote workers put in longer hours due to a lack of work-life balance. Yet, 75% of those onsite would seek a remote option.

Effectively managing remote workers depends on addressing their needs, and listening and communicating well. Successful managers check in frequently and ask about workload, and meet face-to-face at least once a month for team-building. [ source ]

It’s Time to Ditch the Work Silos‚ÄĒfor Real

My latest for LinkedIn Pulse uses Daniel Pink’s “Motivation 3.0” (autonomy, mastery and purpose) to promote collaboration. Diversifying can move you toward a more collaborative and service-oriented approach to engagement.

At TechSoup, I led a team of experts to position the forum as a global resource for nonprofits, as well as a content partner for Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco and Box. The spirit of collaboration was baked into everything we did. Published via LinkedIn on Nov 2, 2017.

Read online http://bit.ly/ditch-the-work-silos-linkedin-pulse

My Interview Series About a ‘Movement with No Leaders’ Uncovered Many

I have an itch for documenting things. I’m captivated by the history of history‚ÄĒhow we recount and relate our past to the present and the future. It’s why I’m drawn to futurism, and why I’m so fascinated by the way cities and social movements work.

In 2009, when Jeremy Peters wrote “Why the Gay Rights Movement Has No National Leader” for The New York Times, I jumped at the chance to meet with members of the Gay Liberation Front, to see for myself if this “leaderless” claim was true. Over 10 days that summer, I caught up with surviving founders, who were, by that time, scattered across the country.

The result was 40 Years After Stonewall, a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots and the beginning of the modern queer rights movement.

In a short time, I explored the compelling lives of a group of extraordinary kids who came to New York to “make it big,” or simply to be themselves, blending in amidst the city’s teeming diversity. How they converged, and how their adventures brought them face-to-face with timeless figures like Huey Newton of the Black Panthers, AIDS activist Larry Kramer, and civil rights icon Jane Fonda‚ÄĒwell, you’re welcome to dive in and find out for yourself.

These interviews serve as a resource for historians and activists. With Stonewall’s 50th anniversary approaching, I’m excited to see how we can improve on the 2009 series.

40 Years After Stonewall website https://stonewallrebels.wordpress.com/
The Peters article http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/21/weekinreview/21peters.html