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Vacation photo shooting gone wild

Since 2015 this year was the first year in which I took a two weeks uninterrupted vacation. No regrets! Flying around, and working hard is something I’m used to. We all had a couple of stressful months due to the COVID pandemic. I needed this.

We decided to stay in Turkey and plan the first week as a family vacation, and the second week as a “boys-only” yacht vacation. We took advantage of the foreign tourist shortage and spent the first week in Alanya (which usually is highly crowded) and the second week in the Gocek area.

In this post, I’m going to describe my experience in these two weeks and compare the ups and downs of a boat vacation. …


Stay home, be safe and keep working remotely everyone. Stay tuned for useful content about the remote work at scale on a weekly basis!

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Andy Tryba published a thought piece on why managers hate remote work and what might be the solution
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Everybody is preaching about how awesome remote work is for startups and small businesses. What should an enterprise do in these extraordinary times?
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You are probably forced to work from home like anybody else. How to stay productive at home? Gary gave great tips.
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Our commitment to WorkRemote community, we are only sharing full-time, globally remote jobs on a weekly basis. Don’t forget to subscribe to job alerts if you are interested.
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Our reviews for new & cool remote work tools on a weekly basis.


Happy to restart our weekly remote work reports. Stay tuned for useful content about the remote work at scale on a weekly basis!

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A selection of remote jobs from remote-first companies around the world. All hiring globally.
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New and useful tools for boosting your remote productivity.
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Sharing 5 easy steps for changing the way you hire remotely.

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The ultimate underdog figure. Mohammad Ali, before greatness — then known as Cassius Marcellus Clay

Your company will prefer working with highly skilled underdogs from around the world simply because underdogs fight harder and have less to lose.

Remote work is serving as a globalization accelerator for over a decade now. With the arrival of high-speed and affordable internet around the globe, it is transforming the way we work faster than ever these days. My personal trick for monitoring trends is looking at software investment being made around that specific topic. Look at Notion, Airtable, Tandem and thousands of others.

Today, most of the high tech money is living in the US. Some of the hiring managers and business owners tend to believe the US talent is superior to global talent. This thought system is not special for the US, I was born in Turkey and I know at least 20 business owners from Turkey who believe Turkish talent is superior to others. Based on experience, after meeting hundreds of senior software architects from the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Latin America… Sorry guys, neither of them is true. …


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At Crossover, Andy Tryba (CEO) is running monthly book club meetings. People from all around the world are virtually getting together for a casual 30 mins meeting where we discuss the book of the month. It’s always fascinating to see how people learn and remember different things from the same book.

In this post, I’m going to share quotes from the book named Radical Candor authored by Kim Scott as my reading notes under three categories. Management, Leadership and Personal notes. Here we go:

  1. Extremely likable vs getting the job done
  2. Just because of you like someone you shouldn’t tolerate bad work, Bob…


In the past week, I’ve been watching a National Geographic documentary on Netflix. The one named One Strange Rock. The 10-episode series is interesting not only because it’s telling a unique story of our blue marble through a group of astronauts who have spent 1000 days in space but also giving great insights on how going to space changed the way they look at the world and life. I must give credit for kickass narration by Will Smith, big fan.

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What astronauts experienced is called the overview effect. Wikipedia says “The overview effect is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from outer space.” Well, realistically thinking, since most of us won’t be able to look at the world from that height, we better start educating ourselves for a similar shift in awareness. I can talk a lot about how I’m fascinated after learning the main challenge of a potential Mars trip is not actually food or anything, it is our dependence on gravity… I prefer to leave it to its experts. …


We all have that colleague at work, the guy who tend to build very long sentences — over 20 words — , using strange terminology to deliver his messages not once or twice, almost every single time. The easiest path is either tagging him with ‘genius’ or ‘weirdo’ but I believe we can do better than that.

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Photo by Hermes Rivera on Unsplash

You may have not realized but you likely suffer from the same curse if you’ve spent over 10,000 hours in a single topic. In this post, I will try to explain the relationship between knowledge and communication.

Let’s start with some facts.

  1. According to research by the American Press Institute when the average sentence length in a piece was fewer than eight words long, readers understood 100 percent of the story. Even at fourteen words, they could comprehend more than 90 percent of the information. But move up to 43-word sentences, and comprehension dropped below ten percent. If you are dealing with non-native English speakers, the figures are dramatically…


If you have management experience over five years, you probably already have an idea of what I’m talking about. In the majority of teams and workgroups around the world, there are Superstar and Rockstar type of people inside. We’re not going to talk about below-average people in this post.

I liked the way Radical Candor covering this topic because it’s real and it resonated in my business memories. Leaving below-average people and bottom performers aside, let’s talk about the definition of Rockstars and Superstars in business. …


For years I worked in a hybrid model, a model where I had to go to the office but also manage remote subordinates. Since 2015, I’m working in a 100% remote environment. In this post, I’m going to unveil what tools you need in order to be successful in a remote work environment.

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  1. There’s no room for unproductive meetings and company gossips in a remote work environment
  2. Remote work can only succeed if the financial motivation is there. …


Our CEO visited Tel Aviv, Israel on June 17–18 to meet with some important business contacts. It was a typical business trip, but we were able to use the occasion to generate value beyond just the in-person meetings.

In this post, I will explain how we turned Andy’s visit into a lead generation machine. Here are the aspects we’ll cover in this post:

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  1. Planning
  2. Target Audience, Data work
  3. Organizing Meetup
  4. Promotion
  5. PR
  6. Content Production
  7. Results

Crossover strongly believes in Israeli talent, especially for our high-level executive roles: VP ($200K/year), SVP($400K/year) and EVP($800K/year) positions for Software Engineering, Sales, Finance and Marketing. …

About

Sinan Ata

A seasoned digital marketing executive. Enjoys reading and writing on remote talent management, growth hacking, and the future of work: https://bit.ly/2VQ1T4c

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