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Brought to you by Virtual not Distant, the 21st Century Work Life podcast looks at leading and managing 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.
 
Improve your management and leadership practice over a cup of coffee and get a book recommendation too. The role of the manager is evolving as technology helps us to self-organise and take more control of how and where we work from. In this podcast, Pilar Orti from Virtual not Distant, dissects modern management practice, not just for official managers, but for team members who want to make things happen too.
 
Craig and Pilar were curious about what was going on with podcasting in Spain. So they've set up a podcast to give them an excuse to talk to podcasters in Spain. In the first part of the show, we interview podcasters in Spanish. During the second part, we talk in English about what we have learned. Craig y Pilar no tenían ni idea de qué estaba pasando en el mundo del podcasting en España. Así que han lanzado un podcast para entrevistar a podcasters en España. La primera parte de los episodio ...
 
My Pocket Psych is all about the psychology of the workplace. Each episode, we'll examine the world of work and explore a topic through the lens of psychology. We'll aim to give listeners tips to help improve their experience of work - moving from surviving to thriving! My Pocket Psych is brought to you by WorkLifePsych Ltd and hosted by Dr. Richard MacKinnon and Pilar Orti.
 
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Pilar talks to Brian Casel about asynchronous communication and how he uses his product, Zip Message in the day to day running of his business. Links: You can communicate asynchronously with Brian through his Zip Message page: https://zipmessage.com/brian And you can find him on Twitter too https://twitter.com/CasJam https://briancasel.com/podcasts…
 
In this episode, we focus on the 21st Century Work Life podcast: how it’s evolved and what it could cover in the future. And our guests have come wise words for you, our listeners. 00.00 mins Pilar shares how the show has evolved over the last 100 episodes. Some of the episodes she mentions are: episode 209 The Journey of the Remote Leader, episode…
 
In this episode, our guests talk about how their approach to their work and their work has changed, as well as how the view of work in relation to the rest of our lives has changed. 03.45 After an introduction to the episode, we hear from Theresa about how the delivery of her training and consultancy has changed, Pinar tells us about delivering her…
 
This is the first part of the celebratory episode 300! Some of our guests return to the show to share how they see the world of remote work changing, how their own ways of working have changed and what they'd like this podcast to cover over the next 100 episodes (or is it next 300!). We'll hear from: Maya Middelmiss Dr Richard MacKinnon Mark Kilby …
 
Welcome to the latest episode, where Richard and Pilar discuss delegation and the obstacles we need to deal with. While we might rationally understand the need for, and benefits of, delegation - lots of things can get in the way. Whether it's our beliefs about delegation, our workload, the competence of others or fear about it all going wrong - the…
 
In this episode, Maya and Pilar discuss the mental health challenges in returning to the office space, the evolution of communication in the workplace and the reasons why many people do not want to work remotely – in Spain and other places. The set up of a hybrid workplace continues with its challenges. In episode 106 of My Pocket Psych, guest Dr. …
 
Hello and welcome to episode 110 of my pocket psych, the podcast all about the psychology of the workplace. In this episode, we take a look at the concept of coping. Simply put, this is any of the things that we do in response to challenges, setbacks and adversity. Sometimes we use coping strategies and techniques intentionally. We decide to respon…
 
We welcome Laurel Farrer to the podcast, to talk about how to lay down the foundations to provide an equitable experience for our employees, in a hybrid setup. The conversation was inspired by Laurel’s article 10 Habits to Ensure Equality in Your Hybrid Team. But before we get into the content of the article, we hear from Laurel about her aspiratio…
 
In this episode, Richard is joined by Duncan Boake, the Chief Executive of Fifth Sense - a charity dedicated to the support of people experience taste and smell loss. Duncan explains what led him to establish the charity, his own person experience of sensory impairment and together, he and Richard explore what this means for people in and out of th…
 
In this bonus episode of the 21st Century Work Life podcast, Ana Neves talks about how she’s structured the conference Social Now, which covers how enterprise social network tools can help organisations in the day to day, ”rather than being an extra thing we have to do”.Your code as listener to get the early bird discount until 8 April is WCL21.The…
 
In this episode, Maya and Pilar discuss the different communication rhythms that remote teams adopt. They also cover the concept of documentation, as something that can help slow down a team's rhythm, or at least help it towards "burstiness", a characteristic of successful teams. Plenty here to reflect on.Communication in an online team requires a …
 
Welcome to episode 108 of My Pocket Psych, where we take a look at some of the ways we’ve tripped ourselves up when it comes to productivity. Richard and Pilar take a look back at the lessons they’ve learned about getting stuff done in their careers and how it made a difference. Public humiliation aside (!!) we want to illustrate that knowing isn’t…
 
Catherine Nicholson is the Director of The Virtual Training Team She last appeared on the show in episode 274, almost a year ago. Now she is back to let us know how the work with their clients has evolved, and how they have changed how they work as a team. The novelty of having to move online because of the pandemic has faded. Trainers, as well as …
 
Welcome to episode 107, where we look at how to deal with the self-limiting beliefs that can get in the way of what we want to do. We discussed how personality assessment can lead to unintentionally over-simplified views of ourselves back in episode 106. But these aren’t the only source of over-simplified views. Richard and Pilar explore some ways …
 
A first for this podcast, Pilar has a conversation with a guest! It was recorded a while ago, but like all the Management Café episodes, the content is evergreen, so we hope you’ll enjoy hearing from Anish HIndocha. This episode is brought to you by Virtual not Distant, where we help leaders and managers of remote teams. https://www.virtualnotdista…
 
In the last What's Going On episode, which was actually a hybrid of WGOn and ReThinking Thinking Remote, Maya and Pilar discuss Maya's chapter from our book Thinking Remote, "Sick and Tired, Working and Not Working in a Remote Team". This add-on episode is the audio version of that chapter. You can read the blog version of the chapter here: https:/…
 
WLP294 What’s Going On: Wellbeing and Emojis This episode is a hybrid of What’s Going On and Thinking Remote. Maya and Pilar revisit the chapter from Thinking Remote: Sick and Tired, Working and Not-Working on a Remote Team. They also discuss asynchronous communication and how it’s being adopted in the workspace, they talk about the role of emojis …
 
Welcome to episode 106, where Richard is joined by Dr. Hayley Lewis, a fellow occupational psychologist and specialist in people development at work. Hayley describes her career journey, her career decisions and her passion for working with middle managers. She also outlines some of the findings from her recent doctoral research into the experience…
 
In this episode, Pilar speaks to Chase Warrington, Head of Remote at Doist. Chase shares how he is challenging how remote work is approached at his organisation, and what he has learnt in his new position that can be used to improve the business and its people. You can find the show notes below, and there's a transcript over at https://www.virtualn…
 
Welcome to episode 105, where we look at the downside of productivity. While it’s helpful to be mindful about how we invest our time and attention, a focus on productivity as a goal can have some serious downsides. When we set productivity as our goal, it’s the same as chasing happiness - both are temporary states and can leave us feeling unfulfill…
 
In this episode, we revisit the chapters from Thinking Remote which addressed the concept of “working out loud”.Adopting the concept helps to keep the team spirit, how to stay aligned and creative. Working out loud allows those who thrive on interactive energy - we can think of “working out loud for productivity, creativity and collaboration”.The c…
 
Welcome to episode 104, where we explore the benefits of reviewing our working week - before launching into our weekend. Identifying learning points, successes and challenges can help us draw a line under the week and enables us to put our learning into practice the following week. When discussed in the productivity literature, the weekly review ca…
 
Welcome to episode 103, where we take a look at personality - and the double-edged sword that comes with measuring it. While it’s great to build our understanding of our personality, the tool used, the way it’s used and the quality of the information shared from it can all combine to make the experience sub-optimal. There’s a big difference between…
 
In today’s episode Pilar catches up with long-time friend of this podcast, Marcus Wermuth to talk about his mid-pandemic transition into new role as the full-time senior engineering manager at Remote.com. This podcast is brought to you by Virtual Not Distant in London (virtualnotdistant.com) where we help managers and teams transition to an office-…
 
This podcast is brought to you by Virtual Not Distant in London (virtualnotdistant.com) where we help managers and teams transition to an office-optional approach. In today’s episode Pilar and Maya reflected on the changes which have taken place in remote work throughout 2021 - differentiation of terminology, the rise of asynchronous communication,…
 
Welcome to episode 102, where we build on last episode's discussion about psychological safety. This time, Richard and Pilar explore some of the simple ways team leaders and managers can create a culture where psychological safety can grow. We highlight some reflections points - for example, how do you respond to errors or 'bad news' from your team…
 
This podcast is brought to you by Virtual Not Distant in London (virtualnotdistant.com) where we help managers and teams transition to an office-optional approach. In today’s episode Pilar interviewed Carlos Jonay Suarez and Elsa Rodriguez from Pueblos Remotos: https://www.pueblosremotos.com/ about their exciting initiative to bring remote workers …
 
Welcome to episode 101, where we take a look at the concept of psychological safety. What is it? What difference does it make? What workplace factors can inhibit it? And just how is it different to trust? Next time, we'll look at some of the ways we can create a team culture that supports and cultivates psychological safety. Meanwhile, get in touch…
 
This podcast is brought to you by Virtual Not Distant in London (virtualnotdistant.com) where we help managers and teams transition to an office-optional approach. In today’s episode, Pilar and Maya kick off a series reflecting on Thinking Remote: Inspiration for Leaders of Distributed Teams, which was published in 2018 - a geological epoch ago, in…
 
Welcome to our 100th episode! In this special birthday episode, Richard and Pilar take a look back at their favourite episodes, what they've learnt from the podcasting experience and share some really lovely and heart-warming listener feedback. It's been a fantastic experience making these episodes and we hope you've enjoyed joining us on the journ…
 
This podcast is brought to you by Virtual Not Distant in London (virtualnotdistant.com) where we help managers and teams transition to an office-optional approach. In today’s episode host Pilar Orti speaks with Corine Tan from emotional wellbeing platform Kona. They discuss their recently published Remote Manager Report 2021, and the product they h…
 
In this episode, Richard and Pilar discuss the impact of distractions. Given the context at the moment - with lots of people returning to their shared physical workspaces - it's timely to explore the factors that can distract us and disrupt our focus. We can find ourselves distracted both by events around us, but also our inner life: thoughts and e…
 
This podcast is brought to you by Virtual Not Distant in London (virtualnotdistant.com) where we help managers and teams transition to an office-optional approach. Today’s episode features Tammy Bjelland founder and CEO of Workplaceless, and features a deep-dive into their new product Placeless Coach. Tammy talks to Pilar about the background to Wo…
 
In this unusual episode (we rarely release an episode just about our own services), Pilar talks about the new (and not so new) workshops and programmes at Virtual not Distant, mainly for managers and leaders of remote teams. With the increase in training for managers of remote teams by companies who have been working "in the space" for a while, as …
 
Richard and Pilar take a look at the importance of proactively and intentionally managing the boundaries between our various life roles. How do we prevent one role absorbing the time and attention we'd like to invest in another? We're really close to episode 100, so don't forget to get in touch with your feedback and questions about the show so far…
 
This podcast is brought to you by Virtual Not Distant in London (virtualnotdistant.com) where we help managers and teams transition to an office-optional approach. Today Pilar and Maya explore 2 recent research publications which both touch on boundaries in remote work in a range of ways, (just like Maya’s recent book ‘Finding Your Edge: Establishi…
 
This episode is repurposed from the Northcentral Universtiy Podcast Series, from their CAVO series. Theresa Sigillito Holleman and Pilar Orti talk about what examples of hybrid workplaces they're coming across, the challenges that this set-up brings as well as how to spend less time in meetings! Check out more from CAVO here: https://www.ncu.edu/ce…
 
In this episode, Richard is joined by fellow chartered psychologist, Dr. Rachael Skews, who shares his interest in the factors that contribute to our wellbeing. Together, they explore the concept of 'self-care' - the many forms it can take and how it's needed in a busy and unpredictable world. Huge thanks to Rachael for once again taking the time t…
 
Brought to you by Virtual Not Distant in London (virtualnotdistant.com), where we help people work better together apart. Today’s episode explores the themes of loneliness for the remote worker. This is an edited summary of a live talk with Dr Richard MacKinnon on loneliness and disconnection in remote teams back in July, as part of the Learning Lo…
 
Welcome to episode 096, where our focus is on fresh starts. Humans are attracted to what we call 'temporal landmarks’, which are date-based lines in the sand that allow us to make sense of our past and establish new chapters in our lives. These new chapters give us the opportunity to have a fresh start. Richard and Pilar discuss how to make best us…
 
Today's episode explores facilitative leadership in remote teams, and how to successfully blend asynchronous and synchronous practices to help teams work effectively together. Pilar Orti interviews Simon Wilson, co-founder of Wilson Sheriff, and certified master facilitator with the International Association of Faciliation (IAF). He’s been working …
 
Welcome to the final episode in our series all about coaching. This time, Pilar and Richard look at the role of managers in coaching and how they themselves can coach their team members. In some ways it's more difficult than being an external coach and requires a lot of objectivity and focus from the managers. But it pays off in the long term. We'r…
 
Brought to you by Virtual Not Distant in London (https://virtualnotdistant.com) Today Pilar Orti and Maya Middlemiss explore topical themes and publications in remote work, including: 03.10 Going back to (the) work (place) Work at the Office, Win a New Car! Seriously! But there are better ideas from Ocado Group offers staff remote working abroad. 1…
 
From Virtual Not Distant in London (https://virtualnotdistant.com), today’s episode explores the use of the office and other environments for deliberate and mindful work in teams. We are joined by Justin Morris, Senior Customer Success Manager - Modern Communications, at Microsoft. We discuss ‘reopening anxiety’, onboarding during lockdown, courage…
 
This latest episode in our series on coaching looks at how coaching can support the key interpersonal skills and attitudes to support our effectiveness at work. Pilar and Richard look at the topics that come up in effectiveness-related coaching contexts and the ways in which these translate into performance at work. In a future episode, we'll answe…
 
In this fourth episode of our latest series on coaching, Richard and Pilar look at a very important topic: how coaching can support our wellbeing. We explore some of the common wellbeing topics, as well as how an ACT perspective can help coachees make the changes they really value. Resources mentioned in this episode: Coaching with WorkLifePsych: h…
 
Brought to you by Virtual Not Distant in London, where we help people work together wherever they are https://virtualnotdistant.com Today’s episode is dedicated to coworking spaces, because we’re all about choice and office-optionality - so we need to remember that remote work does not always mean working from home. 3.18 Asia Hundley and Bree Caggi…
 
In this third episode of our current series on coaching, Pilar and Richard take a look at the application of coaching when it comes to productivity. They look at how productivity manifests as a coaching topic, the role of mindset and habits and the common ways our approach to work can trip us up. Next time, we'll look at how coaching can help when …
 
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