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Jan 2,, 13 tweets, 2 min read
1/ I've been managing people remotely for 8 years. Here's how to be a better manager in a remote (distributed) team:
2/ First off: being a great manager and being a great remote manager are nearly identical.

Most of these tips would directly translate to an office. If you are a good manager in the office, transition shouldn't be hard.

I.e. you don't need to smell people to manage them.
3/ One-on-one calls:

Have regularly 1:1 calls with all your reports. The point of these calls is to check in with the person, not the work.

What that means in practice is that you don't spend that time reviewing work - you can do that async.
4/ You spend the 1:1 time coaching, unblocking, helping them grow, providing feedback, discussing plans and doubts, etc.

Feedback first, then strategic, then tactical. Many managers make the mistake of doing this the other direction.

Do 1:1 meetings weekly. 30-60 minutes.
5/ Reduce length and frequency based on preferences of either party and/or a feeling of needing it less.

Always have an agenda, but keep it light. This is the exception to the rule of running tight meetings.
6/ You want to have the breathing room to discuss more sensitive and/or personal matters (e.g. job performance). Don't rush those.
7/ Setting the example:

Work and communicate in public for everything but personal matters. It's super easy to fall back into the habit of DMing people, rather than having discussions in public channels (be those @SlackHQ or your project mngt tool, or @NotionHQ
8/ This makes you much more accessible, visible, and sets a great example that reinforces async standards.
9/ Document things yourself. Don't delegate minor documentation tasks if you're directly involved. No one is too big to write documentation.
10/ Regularly check in on workload and working hours of all your reports.

Working remotely makes it much easier to overwork, and not everyone will naturally bring this up or even make it visible.

You have to ask.
11/ When you find that people are overtired, overworked or just need a break - give them that break.

Take their work/worries away and let them take off. Don't postpone this, do it right away. Rest is essential.
12/ Limit number of reports:
You should not have many reports. More than 8 is really hard to manage well. Exceptions to this are very experienced people, but everyone needs a coach or someone to help them get unstuck.
13/ A good manager is available to their team. That means they can make time for everyone.

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Jan 11,
1/ It's so hard to work from home when you have little kids at home. Here is what I and other parents from @remote have learned..

Productivity for parents working from home (including lots of toy recommendations):
2/ First off, this is a judgement-free zone. Parenting is really hard. Pandemic parenting is super hard. Working while also pandemic parenting is super mega hard.

You do you. You know what's best for you and your kids. Take these tips as tips, not rules.
3/ Accept that you can't do it all. You can't be a great parent at the same time as you're being a great worker. Not at the exact same time.

Stop doing one of two to focus. Be the attentive parent OR focus on work. Doing both things at the same time can frustrate you and them
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Apr 6, 2021
1/ How to have fewer meetings:
2/ Never have a meeting just to share information. Do that by chat, email, video message (@loom), audio (@yac) or pigeon.

Even better: write it somewhere centrally (e.g. @NotionHQ) and just link to that.

"FYI [link here]"
3/ Never start a new recurring meeting.

Only do recurring meetings if you see week after week that you need to have a meeting.

Make a point to reevaluate the need for that recurring meeting on a recurring basis.
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Mar 30, 2021
1/ How to evaluate and find a great remote job:
2/ PREFACE

With a remote job, I mean a proper one. Not a job at a company that happens to be remote because of covid or because people are cheap elsewhere.
3/ LOCATION

It's not hard to find remote jobs, but it's incredibly hard finding a remote job that works for you. If you're in the USA, it's much easier as most jobs are USA-only.

Start by checking whether the job allows you to work from your location.
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Mar 25, 2021
1/ I've been managing people remotely for 8 years. Here's how to be a better manager in a remote (distributed) team:
2/ First off: being a great manager and being a great remote manager are nearly identical.

Most of these tips would directly translate to an office. If you are a good manager in the office, transition shouldn't be hard.

I.e. you don't need to smell people to manage them.
3/ One-on-one calls:

Have regularly 1:1 calls with all your reports. The point of these calls is to check in with the person, not the work.

What that means in practice is that you don't spend that time reviewing work - you can do that async.
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These are the best ✨new (or otherwise yet to be massively appreciated)✨ tools that help you greatly with remote work:
. @AlmanacDocs is building the future of the documentation tools for teams. Reviews, approvals, merging, history, super great multiplayer. Early days, but super awesome.
. @withopal helps you block out apps, notifications, so you can truly focus or simply disconnect.

Super important, because remote work means work is always just a glance away. Opal helps increase that distance.
Mobile-only, but on desktops soon.
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Mar 2, 2021
1/ Here is how to be super productive working remotely:
2/ Find your optimal schedule and only work then. This could be e.g. working early mornings until afternoon, a day split in two or more parts, or working late nights.

The best way to discover what works is to experiment.
I work best afternoon-nights.
3/ Block your calendar: when out of your work schedule, block! Avoid ever making exceptions to this (circumstances allowing) if you can.

This is your first defense for a reasonable work/life balance. Even if you work a lot: block hours to sleep, eat and workout.
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