How to Accelerate Achievement and Create a Community in a Work-from-Home World
by David Pachter
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Pub Date 28 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 8 Dec 2021
Mascot Books, Amplify Publishing
After three years of explosive growth and on the verge of profitable, March 2020 found JumpCrew in the same position as every other company around the world. Virtually overnight, offices across the country woke up to a new world of Zoom meetings and virtual happy hours. Leaders who relied on their presence to motivate and inspire became powerless, and employees who benefited from accidental coaching or the sense of community unique to the traditional workplace became isolated.
How would a company whose success was so closely tied to its office camaraderie and culture of accountability, collaboration, and face-to-face interaction not only survive but thrive in this new world?
Remote Leadership: How to Accelerate Achievement and Create a Community in a Work-from-Home World is the story of this defining moment: the realization that the only way forward was to carry in-person culture into this new virtual world and embrace a geographically diverse workforce. It’s also an in-depth look at what it means to be a leader at a time when this conventional role is being challenged, and how to transform an organization into a stronger and more impactful community.
Remote Leadership is a powerful reminder that learning and growth only come when you step out of your comfort zone, and that to lead you must also be willing to look within.
“David Pachter knows corporate culture. In Remote Leadership, he details how a highly functioning remote workforce is impossible without first establishing a vibrant and scalable corporate culture. This is an important book for the post-pandemic business world.” —VERNE HARNISH, founder of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and author of Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t
“David Pachter has created a mission-critical handbook for all leaders committed to helping their people and organizations ‘Be Unstoppable’ regardless of their work environment situation. Remote Leadership is the real deal: functional, practical, and immediately useful in helping leaders navigate their way to success in building and leading teams. No matter the industry or profession, this is a must-have book for leaders who truly care about being the best they can be.” —ALDEN MILLS, three-time Navy SEAL platoon commander, cofounder of Perfect Fitness, and bestselling author of Unstoppable Teams
“David’s principles and focus around AAO-driven success through remote work should be read by every VP, employee, and CHRO. CEOs like myself can also benefit to ensure we are building thriving cultures in this post-pandemic world. As the CEO of a company focused on in-person events and communities, we will be far more remote-friendly because of David’s book.” —DAVID SIEGEL, CEO of Meetup
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This was a really insightful read that paired well with another book I've been reading lately, "Digital Body Language: How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance." The covid-19 pandemic certainly changed many a business's standard MO, and "Remote Leadership" does an excellent job at chronicling:
- Pachter's (and his company's) own pivot to remote work during that time (still ongoing!)
- challenges they and many others face as the pandemic goes on (and as we all look ahead to post-pandemic life).
The book calls leaders to task, in a good way, and provides practical ways to encourage those they work with to thrive in, dare I say it, unprecedented times.
Pachter and I do approach life, religion, etc. from divergent points of view. and that was very apparent at times (and there was some language, as well). But, I really appreciated the ultimate message and came away with quite a few lessons I can put to use right away.
I received an eARC of the book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
What a timely book for the Post-Covid era businesses find themselves in. Pachter, one of the founders of JumpCrew, takes you on the journey they started with a growing business dealing with the realities of a business calamity not of their choosing. Pachter is refreshingly honest with his thought process before, during and now emerging from the calamity of 2020. He wasn't for WFH (Work From Home) and couldn't see the merit. He admits to sharing many the thoughts of many executives about office-only work and the need for controlling face-t0-face interactions. As the world emerges to a new normal, Pachter candidly discusses how he is dealing with a new paradigm.
This paradigm is going to be different from the past. Those executives and businesses who succeed in the future will have to adapt to the new normal. They will have to understand that Top-down Leadership is going to look a little different. How they direct will have to be more teamwork, community focused than a Do-As-I-Say direction so common in pre-Covid structures. IF they don't adapt, they will find themselves managing a much smaller team that will eventually burn itself out and self-destruct from the inside.
Pachter states the new WFH employee is, in fact, the CEO of their own selves. The WFH employee is also forced to adapt to a world where they set the pace of their achievements. It will force them to become self-starters, creators of their own deadlines and expectations. No longer will there be a manager leaning over their shoulders urging them to complete a project, meet a deadline or giving them encouragement. The manager will be leading virtually, from afar. Team meetings will be done over video and actual physical meetings are going to become exceptions rather than the norm.
Pachter shares his 3 Pillars of Great Remote Organizations and explains each in his book. Remote organizations will need to develop Reflective Leadership, a Coaching Culture and Mindset, and a place that promotes Peer Learning. Our world was moving slowly towards these pillars, but now organizations that succeed will have to adopt the pillars to succeed.
This book is a must read for executives and leaders of any organization. Throughout the book, you will receive nuggets that you can incorporate into your new normal.
A useful book for leaders especially, but also employees, to understand more about doing business in the current world. Remote work isn't going away, and this book provides an understanding of the advantages, and disadvantages, while also providing strategies, examples and recommendations. Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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