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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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Aug 10, 2023

We're taking a break from our regular schedule this summer, but Pilar couldn't help it and she's popping in to let you know about some of her plans - including some adapted Shakespeare, which you can follow below. 
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Why should I love these tools so? 'Tis odds

They never will affect me. I am simple,

Each tool beckoning with promises untold,

And I love all. To master all of them is futile;

To delete them is senseless. Out upon’t!


What trials are we workers driven to

When remote work has claimed us! First, I saw Slack,

I, seeing, deemed it a worthy app;

It has as much to charm a worker in it

(If it please to bestow it so) as ever

These eyes yet look’d on. Next, I yearned over Trello,

And so would any mind o’ my conscience

That ever dream’d, or pledge’d time management

To a fresh and appealing task. Then, I lov’d the whiteboard,

Extremely lov’d it, infinitely lov’d it;

And yet it had its flaws, as all do too;


But in my heart was Google Suite, and there,

Lord, what a coil it keeps! To see a multitude of apps

All accessed with one click, what a heaven it is!

And yet its name’s a fleeting ones, and scarce lasts

One generation of remote.


Then, there is Dropbox, a cloud aloft,

A refuge for files, a sanctuary for documents.

Its sync, its share, its version history,

Did cause my heart to leap, my mind to marvel.

Yet, it too had its flaws, its limits, its expenses,

Its conflicts, its deletions, a horror to behold.


And now, there's Notion, a novelty it used to be,

With its pages, its databases, its all-in-one workspace.

It promises the universe, it promises the moon,

But oh, what a learning curve, what a mountain to ascend!

Yet, I cannot resist, I cannot deny,

The allure of these apps, the promise of productivity.


Oh, what a world, what a world of apps!

A blessing and a curse, a delight and a burden.

To navigate this sea, to master these tools,

Is a task Herculean, a labor of love.

Yet, I am but a worker, a humble knowledge worker,

Lost in the sea of apps, adrift in the ocean of remote work.

And yet, on the horizon, a glimmer of hope,

The promise of AI, the dream of automation,

To lighten our load, to ease our burden,

A new dawn for the remote, a new era for work.