Managing Remote Teams

Remote work is rapidly becoming the norm for digital workers. Learn how to become an effective manager of remote teams and master everything from recruiting, communication, performance, and culture.
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(18)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jan 19, 2018
Duration
1h 30m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(18)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jan 19, 2018
Duration
1h 30m
Description

Knowing how to effectively manage remote teams has become an essential management skill if you want access to the best talent available worldwide and to keep up with a more and more competitive work environment. This course, Managing Remote Teams, comes as a solution to that problem, tackling it from multiple perspectives. First, you'll discover the core components of remote team management: recruiting, communication, performance, and culture. Next, you'll explore the principles of management and types of management systems. Finally, you'll learn the fundamentals of implementation and some tools to help you along the way. When you're finished with this course, you'll have a solid understanding of the theory of remote team management, as well as practical experience from completing all the quick exercises found throughout the course.

About the author
About the author

Doru founded and runs a marketing agency with global clients in a wide range of industries. His focus is on campaigns that convert and get new business through the door, not feel good campaigns. In terms of approach he believes in authentic and blunt advertising without the presence of small print.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hello everyone. My name is Doru Catana, and welcome to my course, Managing Remote Teams. In about 90 minutes, we're going to cover everything you need to become an excellent manager of a virtual team and give you a solid understanding, not just at an intellectual level, but also at a practical one, the course having a multiple quick exercises and ideas that you can implement right away. We start things out going over the benefits and misconceptions of remote work, then jump right to the core components, recruiting, communication, productivity, and culture. The approach, I trust, is one you'll find both practical and fun. We'll cover things starting from principles, then go over the systems and the implementation of those principles, and finally, and with me, helping you choose the right tools to make your life easier. This way, even if a system does not apply to your business, or a tool is no longer available, you can create or discover new ones that perfectly suit your context going from the principles up. By the end of the course, you'll have the ability to effectively recruit a strong and dedicated team and significantly change for the better your recruiting process. You will also improve your communication skills to facilitate collaboration and making fast progress towards your goals, and you will learn to create systems specific to remote work that are non-disruptive, efficient, and have the right balance of work and social interaction that all healthy workplaces must have. While the course has a strong focus on performance and getting things done, it doesn't neglect the culture side of things and how to make your team feel as a team, although thousands of miles apart. I trust you'll enjoy this course, which is based not on theory alone, but also on all my years of failures and successes of managing a remote team. And I hope you'll join me on this journey and discover how to effectively manage remote teams at Pluralsight.

Essential Skills of a Remote Manager
Essential Skills of a Remote Team Manager. Ultimately, management is just about two things, resources and results. In the results department, things are simpler. You define them, then you proceed. However, it's in the resources area where skilled managers really shine. And here we have everything from infrastructure, funding, assets, and the most important one, people. In this module, we're going to approach things based on how you need to deal with them. First, you have the principle of efficiency, which can be applied to almost any system, except one, people. With people, efficiency is not the best path. Here you have to be effective. And to make the difference clear, I'm going to give a few examples. If any of you are parents, it will be very easy to understand this. Whenever you have to deal with your child, should you be efficient or effective? When you tell them a story, do you do want them to get the moral of the story, to learn something, to see joy in your eyes, or do you simply want to be efficient in telling the story? Now you know the difference. For those of you who don't have children, think about any argument with a loved one. There is no such thing as efficiency. You need to understand, to make yourself understood, and manage things effectively. Just picture yourself saying we have to argue faster because I have to go in 5 minutes. Can we make this a bit more efficient? I doubt speeding up things will make them better. So with these two concepts, we'll continue the module. We'll start with efficiency, and here we'll look at the two essential skills of a remote manager, seeing the big picture and not micromanaging everything and effective communication. Then we'll look at the people skills, which are collaboration and training. That being said, we'll move on to the next video, The Big Picture. I'm looking forward to seeing you there.