"If there was ever a time to know how to build a virtual workforce, this is it. Larry English gives you a step-by-step plan to build it out, create the right culture, and avoid costly mistakes."
-Shep Hyken, customer service and experience expert and New York Times bestselling author
"Office Optional is full of critical culture guidance and practical advice for not just running a successful virtual company but for running any company. I also run a nearly virtual company and thought I had it figured out, but Larry's book shared ideas and insights I had never considered. This is great content for the beginner as well as people already well-versed in remote working. Don't miss this timely read!"
-Lisa Stein, founder and CEO of Revolutions, Inc.
"We are wired for connection, and Office Optional is coming in the nick of time. Every executive, entrepreneur, and small business owner will want to read this book now. Larry serves up bite-sized strategies and tactics interlaced with engaging stories that bring to life what it's really like when you create a virtual culture, not just a virtual workforce."
-Laura Cooke, CEO of Positive Foundry
"The transition from an office to remote isn't a trend, it's our new normal. If your company can't work remotely, you can't compete. Both as an entrepreneur, and leading products within Microsoft, remote teams have been my secret weapon. They've unlocked access to top talent, speed to execution, and a cost efficiency that's helped me drive 10-times results in diverse sets of environments. In learning from Larry in Office Optional, I'm excited for you to make remote work your secret weapon too."
-Matthew Mottola, product leader, author of The Human Cloud, built the Microsoft 365 freelance toolkit
"Wherever you and your company are on the continuum of working from home, Office Optional is an important read. Larry shares practical lessons, specific tactics, and many detailed examples from his team in an accessible and informative approach. Centric's story emphasizes the key strategic value that results from intentionally creating and supporting a strong company culture in a virtual world. A strong culture isn't just an abstract idea in Office Optional. Larry brings culture creation to life with specific strategies, tactics, and stories to support the journey. When 20 years of experience is contained in such an easy-to-digest book, there is no need to invent our own unique solutions as we seek to thrive in a virtual or hybrid workplace."
-Kent Johnson, CEO of Highlights for Children
"It's very clear that enabling remote work is more important than ever, and that it will continue to have lasting value beyond the COVID-19 outbreak. We are committed to building the tools that help organizations, teams, and individuals stay productive and connected even when they need to work apart. Thanks to Larry and Centric for sharing how Microsoft Teams is doing just that in Office Optional."
-Jared Spataro, corporate vice president for Microsoft 365
"I've had the wonderful opportunity to speak to hundreds of companies. I found Centric to have not only such an enthusiastic culture of happy people, but a C-suite that was thinking ahead of the curve rather than being late adopters. Larry is so quick to create such a useful book in a time when all industries are scrambling to embrace the new frontier of remote work! He is staying ahead of the curve and ensuring collective communication and company growth through creating virtual protocol that will bond, inform, and keep everyone rocking! You go, Brother Larry!"
-Mark Schulman, drummer for P!nk, speaker, author