It’s a global world out there, and for many companies, a single office location just doesn’t cut it anymore. But success takes more than setting up desks in a new city. Whether your coworkers are across the world or across the country, there’s a right way and wrong way to approach distributed teams. I’ve rounded up four avoidable mistakes that’ll cost you serious productivity, plus four solutions that helped us performance hack our way to improvement.
Practice makes perfect, right? Well that may not be the case with feedback, even though many of us dish it out all day long.
I learned that the hard way after completing a software demo for a new product. Everything worked like a charm, and I went back to my desk proud of my team’s success. Then, an email with the subject line “Feedback on Demo” caught my eye.
It contained a bold-faced, bulleted list filled with phrases like “this does not yet look great” and “I think we can improve this much more” and “was this intentional?”
I was shocked at first, but ultimately realized I make some of the same mistakes. There’s no shortage of advice out there, but I started jotting down my own list of what it means to give good feedback and came to the conclusion that giving better fetter feedback is easy if you follow these five rules.
Successful innovation is about being able to disrupt the future.
Author and technology and innovation pro Daniel Burrus published a post last month called “Forget Agile and Lean—It’s Time to Be Anticipatory.” He writes:
“To thrive in this new age of hyper-change and growing uncertainty, it is now an imperative to learn a new competency—how to accurately anticipate the future.”
I look at it slightly differently. Success doesn’t come when you anticipate the future per se, it comes when you disrupt it and innovate (or take a performance hacking approach to it, if you will). But either way you slice it, you’re going to take some chances. Around here, we build monitoring tools, which means we’re creating things within an existing market where every player in the game claims to have great technology. For us, the answer lies in predictable innovation, made possible when a product falls into one of three categories:
- A successful product is tweaked in a way that expands its user base.
- The price becomes affordable to a wider demographic.
- The company moves to a new, likely larger market and changes their target audience.