One of the first things I share with my professional colleagues before we start working together is my list of expectations. I find it creates a healthy, collaborative environment. I hope it can also be useful to you and your team.

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1. If anything is blocking you or your team or you find what you do unfulfilling, let me know immediately.
2. Keep my strengths and weaknesses in mind. My strengths include ideation, command, execution, integrity, and perfectionism. Among my many weaknesses are a lack of empathy in some situations, a bad temper, and — inevitably — my perfectionism.
3. While we’re making decisions, it’s okay to disagree. I expect you to speak your mind and contribute your thoughts, ideas, and opinions. Once a decision is made and we move into executing, however, I expect you to commit to that decision.
4. To keep conversations fluid and our decisions prompt, either reply to or acknowledge my messages within 24 hours — excluding Sundays.
5. I’d like you to be able to ‘unplug’ whenever you feel the need. Just remember to let me know ahead of time if you’re taking days off and won’t be able to react within the timeframe above.
6. For the sake of efficiency, if you need to cancel or reschedule a meeting, please do so as far in advance as you can. Avoid canceling or rescheduling same-day meetings.
7. When videoconferencing, please enable your webcam; I find it impossible to converse with a void. Of course, video is optional when you're breastfeeding!
8. When interacting with people outside our team, your grammar must be flawless. It makes you look professional. For quick internal messages, grammar isn't an issue as long as you get your message across.
9. Be on time for our meetings and let’s finish them on time too.
10. Experience has taught me that, for the sake of clarity and full comprehension, you should use a noise-canceling headset when videoconferencing. I recommend this one… and this one… #RemoteWork

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