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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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Jul 10, 2015

00:30 Pilar has a new email address for you to send your comments and questions:
If you enjoy this episode, check out the ones on Remote Work: Blessing or Curse? and the one on Productivity.

03:10 Lisette shares her new way of writing in online collaboration with her editor and her up coming workshop which she's delivering through a robot! Tele-presence, here she comes!

09:00 Why we’re talking today about When Does Your Day End.

14:10 We get nostalgic about the Crackberry days… The plus and minuses of mobile devices for work.

16:06 Are work and life different things?

We talk about this HBR Survey about late-night email.

21:10 The problem with hierarchy and emails.

Is sending and replying to emails the main way of signaling that we are available to other people?

The importance of making clear that you don’t require an immediate response when you’re in charge.

The team agreement!

40:10 Can we take breaks during the day? Why is it ok to stop in the evening but not during the day?


“Can you craft your day based on your needs?”


We need to set boundaries for ourselves and other people.

Define for yourself what’s important for you. We mention this interview from Lisette's podcast with Alexandre Pellaes.

Is this how I want to lead my life?


“Learn to know thyself.”

How about you?

Do you separate your time into work and life?

How do you stay focused and unstressed?

How do you make sure, especially if you’re in a management position, how do you make sure that you don’t impose your own way of working on everyone else?


Do send your thoughts, and any questions (and any advice for Lisette!) to askingpilar [at]