THE FUTURE OF REMOTE WORK — PART 3

Reserving up to an hour a week will reduce miscommunication and unlock productive time.

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The trend of remote work has been growing steadily over the last year. Companies that were able to embrace the trend have found that it has been beneficial for employers and employees. Increased productivity and flexibility for employees are among the top benefits of this growing trend.

Some companies are quickly adapting to this change and have started to consider different ways to implement this new working model. They are focusing on ways to make remote, distributed, and virtual teams work together.

Spotify recently announced a “Work from Anywhere” model, which will allow employees to choose whether they want to…


SPORTS + LIFE

43. Tom Brady's age, making him the oldest player to appear in the big game

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As a self-described sports fanatic, I’m excited and looking forward to Super Bowl LV this Sunday, when the defending champions, Kansas City Chiefs, will meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are also hosting the game (more on this below).

However, in case you don’t follow sports too closely, then let me be the one to break the news, the Super Bowl is this Sunday.

Suppose you want to impress your friends, husband, colleagues, or others. These fun facts and numbers will provide some extra insight into the game, both on-the-field, and off-the-field.

100,000,000. The estimated number of people in the…


SPORTS & LIFE

It’s more than wins and losses; sports can change the world

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When I was growing up in Nicaragua, my Dad would ask me this one question frequently, especially on the weekends.

“Alfonso, is there a game today?”

My answer to him has always been the same.

“Dad, there’s always a game on!”

Now, you may be wondering why am I sharing this story with you? Well, it’s because the anecdote gives you a glimpse into my lifelong passion for sports. I have been in love with them since I was a young kid.

I followed a lot of teams and multiple competitions very closely — and I still do! …


The Future of Remote Work — Part 2

How to set up effective virtual meetings with distributed team members

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In today’s workplace, an employee is just as likely to be working with someone in a different part of the country as they may be with someone in another part of the office.

This is another example of how traditional work experienced an accelerated and sudden shift in 2020 due to the pandemic. Thus, to appropriately adapt to the changing environment, it is vital to understand how, why and what makes remote meetings work.

Jason Fried, the CEO of Basecamp — a successful project management software — has been an advocate of Remote work for over two decades, framed the…


The Future of Remote Work — Part 1

Work is changing at warp speed. Here’s what you need to know about this mentality adjustment.

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If you roll your eyes whenever anyone says “the New Normal,” you are not alone. We all know there was nothing normal about 2020. The future of work was accelerated at a dizzying speed by necessity.

Surprisingly, most people were able to adjust despite the intense logistical headwinds and the power of inertia.

The key to a successful pivot from physical to remote work is to adjust the team’s mindset. A virtual first mindset challenges many common and basic assumptions about how great work gets done. This piece will discuss what to consider to adjust to a virtual first mindset.

Measure Impact over Quantity


2020 has brought a November to Remember

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Traditionally on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, I take time out of my day to personally handwrite thank-you notes to those who have impacted my life in the year. Then, I put them in an envelope and would hand-deliver them to each person when possible.

On Thursday (Thanksgiving Day), I would typically spend time with friends & family and express gratitude in our dinners. After all, it’s time to be full of gratitude.

This year, as you know, has been very different for everyone. …


SPORTS & LIFE

There are many things to learn from imperfection.

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On June 25th, 1994, I was an inconsolable 10-year-old laying in the arms of my Dad. Now, you may wonder why or how I remember that date with such exactitude? Well, that was the day in which I felt football was taken away from me.

That date is now infamous in World football history. It’s the day when Diego Maradona, the greatest footballer of all time, was escorted away by a nurse for a doping test. The results, unfortunately, would come back positive. It essentially marked the end of his football career.

I remember this moment as if it was…


What the Protégé Effect teaches us about empowering learning in Organizations

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Have you been tasked with teaching the new colleague in your team the ropes? If you have been in this scenario, you have likely found the idea to be tedious at first. Yet, I’m sure that with the benefit of hindsight, the teaching process proved to be an excellent opportunity for you to learn.

Research has shown that teaching a concept or a skill to someone else is one of the best ways to improve our learning. This is what is known as the Protégé Effect. …


A quick guide to leveraging your competence to grow professionally

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Quick! What do these four legends have in common?

  • Michael Jordan
  • Pele
  • Steve Jobs
  • Mark Zuckerberg

For starters, all of them are the very best in their respective industry, but that’s perhaps stating the obvious. What’s more interesting is to know how many “years of experience” they had when starting their most successful role. By my rough calculation, the total would be less than one year combined!

Before becoming a worldwide brand, Michael Jordan was not even selected to be on the varsity team of his High School basketball team. Jordan was only a freshman when he made the game-winning…


These practical steps helped me overcome my weakness and grow professionally

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“Our strength grows out of our weakness.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let’s start by stating the obvious, overcoming a weakness is not easy nor the most desirable way to invest your valuable time. Still, the process of improving at something that you were not good at before is a gratifying experience. It will pay off personally and professionally both in the short and long-term.

At the beginning of my career, I was not the best at receiving feedback. I was defensive, argumentative, and I always let my ego take over the conversation. In short, I did everything wrong instead of…

Alfonso Guerrero

Sales, Operations, B2B Solutions Manager @ TripAdvisor. www.linkedin.com/in/alfonsoguerrerov

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