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21st Century Work Life and leading remote teams

Brought to you by Virtual not Distant, the 21st Century Work Life podcast looks at leading remote teams, online collaboration and working in distributed organisations.

Join Pilar Orti, guests & co-hosts as they shine the spotlight on the most relevant themes and news relevant to the modern knowledge worker.

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May 10, 2018

We are continuing to mix things up with our new format, and today’s podcast also revisits some earlier recordings and articles - we have so much great content in the archives at, so don’t forget to visit us there soon!

In the introduction, Pilar talks about podcasting with Richard McKinnon who we featured back in October 2017 when we talked about psychological flexibility.

Pilar will shortly be hosting a webinar with him on this important subject - are our emotional states in control of us, or can we master them?

And we’re pleased to announce that booking is now open for a free webinar in June in collaboration with Training Zone - we’re keen to ensure our podcast listeners get early access to this valuable resource, so you can learn more and register here:

10.25: Article discussion: Why Microsoft's new culture makes its stock a buy

Pilar and Maya discuss this piece in Forbes about the change in culture at Microsoft in recent years.

We often talk about culture at Virtual Not Distant, but it’s often hard to correlate such a qualitative phenomenon with impact on the bottom line. However, it appears that Nadella genuinely has made the difference, by driving a growth mindset and a shift in how customers are valued - during a time, in his 4 year tenure, of incredible change in the office software environment.  

Pilar and Maya both have Nadella’s book, ‘Hit Refresh’, on their reading lists now, and you can learn more about that publication in two HBR Ideacasts, episode 596 Sept 28th 2017 and episode 585 July 13th 2017.

17.07 - Audio blog: Finding The Right Work-Environment Fit

Pilar revisits the Work 2.0 Conference of 2017, where she first heard the term ‘shoulder-bag workers’. You can read the full blog post here, where she explores in detail the how the work environment impacts on performance in both the physical and virtual space, and listen to Pilar’s event podcast here: It’s good to reflect on what has changed over a year, and whether we’re still talking about the same issues.