I’ve been working in and leading distributed teams for the past six years, and I’d like to share some of what I’ve learned so far in a short series.

A cartoon planet Earth on which several people are throwing paper airplanes back and forth to each other.
A cartoon planet Earth on which several people are throwing paper airplanes back and forth to each other.
One of the many pleasures of remote work is meeting and working with people all over the world.

In January of this year, I started preparing a conference talk on “new work” to share information about trends, research and best practices in distributed teams.

At that point, I could already see that the bigger, more established companies were becoming “remote-curious” and considering new ways to structure projects and people, but who knew that 2020 would suddenly turn into a great global experiment in working via video calls, instant messaging and distributed documents? …


This is the third post in a series on the topic of “Physical and Financial Fitness.”

Cartoon girl says, “I hate phone calls.” Cartoon phone says, “Why though?”
Cartoon girl says, “I hate phone calls.” Cartoon phone says, “Why though?”

Ever have that feeling that you need to start something and just… can’t?

In the last post, I wrote about having small, specific, achievable tasks that build toward a bigger theme. But the truth is, even small tasks can sometimes be intimidating.

For example, I know I personally have a nagging fear of “doing it wrong” (in whatever context “it” applies). That fear can make even simple, achievable, well-defined tasks feel challenging and uncomfortable.

For me, a couple of examples are things like “incorporating lunges into my workout” or “calling my accountant to talk about taxes.” …


This is the second post in a series on the topic of “Physical and Financial Fitness.”

Cartoon girl looking up at the stars with a dreamy look.
Cartoon girl looking up at the stars with a dreamy look.
Dreams are more likely to become realities when you can give them specificity.

When you look at a vague, long-term goal like “getting fit” or “becoming financially stable” do you think, “Yes! Perfect! I’ll start right now!” or do you feel more like, “Yeah, okay. I’ll do that one of these days…”

If you’re at all like me, it’s going to be the second answer. Why? Big ideas about fitness and financial wellness are themes, not goals. Themes are too big, too undefined and too easy to screw up.

That’s why, as a person who strongly believes that we all need to be physically and economically powerful, I’m going to advise you not to work on “getting fit” or “achieving financial health.” …

About

Leitha Matz

FinTech COO. Startup Mentor. Woman in Tech. I spend a lot of time thinking about technology products and user experience, and I love stupid puns.

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