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Remote work amplifies communication issues.

If you were an average manager in an office environment you’re probably finding it very difficult to lead your team in a remote environment. The crutches you leaned on in the office – meeting rooms, shoulder taps, cube talks – don’t exist in the remote world.

In the remote work environment you need to double down on the “why” behind the work. If you’re just blasting out demands you will get a fraction of the work back than what you want. It’s up to you to inspire people to spend meaningful time at their computer and make progress towards the goal.

You’re essentially competing now with the laundry, the kids, pets, pizza rolls, TV, the outdoors – everything. Additionally a new job is just a few clicks away. People don’t have to put up with your shit if they don’t want to.

Rise to the occasion and make the work worthwhile.

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