If you can’t keep things running smoothly in-person, of course you’re not going to be able to properly support distributed team members. And while I gain no joy from bearing bad news, the distributed team model may not be the root of the problem.
Bowling With Bumpers: Why Better Managers Care Less About Location
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This really resonated with my own experience as well. In fact, to flip it on its head, the in-person model can really learn a thing or two from the distributed model: intentionality, designing systems for the outcomes you seek, even developing valuable empathy for your [remote] user’s experience, right? Both in-person and remote working have their own powerful advantages, but I agree with what you suggest — that a hybrid of both may be the best option yet.

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