The Long-Distance Team: Designing Your Team for Everyone's Success

The Long-Distance Team: Designing Your Team for Everyone's Success

by Kevin Eikenberry, Wayne Turmel
The Long-Distance Team: Designing Your Team for Everyone's Success

The Long-Distance Team: Designing Your Team for Everyone's Success

by Kevin Eikenberry, Wayne Turmel


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Design and cultivate remote work teams that actually work.

From the experts who brought you The Long-Distance Leader and The Long-Distance Teammate comes the proven and practical guide for leaders to consciously design teams, define and create their desired culture, and encourage and nurture employee engagement—all from a distance.

Team design and culture are often presented as separate concepts when they are in fact intertwined in the remote work setting. Using the 3C model of communication, collaboration, and cohesion, leaders will be given the tools to overcome challenges, such as proximity bias and deteriorating social connections, to create an environment where everyone can contribute and add value equally, regardless of location.

The 3Cs are

  • Communication—While communication is a fundamental part of being human, it is also a critical foundation of successful work. Without it, teams break down.

  • Collaboration—Remote leaders face the misguided belief that physical presence is required to have a collaborative team. The truth is that proximity has nothing to do with successful collaboration.

  • Cohesion—This dimension includes decidedly nonstructural aspects, such as relationships, trust, and accountability. While difficult to measure, a team’s cohesion is critical to its success.

Using this framework, leaders of all levels will learn to assess, design, and develop their communication channels, methods for remote collaboration, and ability to foster cohesion to build successful long-distance teams. While a hybrid culture will be different, it can, when done right, be better than what existed before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523003419
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2023
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 989,329
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Kevin Eikenberry is the chief potential officer of the Kevin Eikenberry Group. Global Gurus includes him in its World’s Top 30 Leadership Professionals. His other books include Remarkable Leadership, From Bud to Boss, The Long-Distance Leader, and The Long-Distance Teammate.
Wayne Turmel is the cofounder of the Remote Leadership Institute. He is the author or coauthor of fifteen books, including The Long-Distance Leader and The Long-Distance Teammate. He has been named to Remote Work Junkie’s Top 50 Remote Experts and Leaders to Follow multiple times.

Table of Contents

Part I: Getting Started
1. What Is a Team, and Why Does It Matter?
2. What Is Culture?
Part II: The Building Blocks 
3. Establishing Ownership of the Culture
4. Rethinking How We Work
5. The 3C Model for Team and Culture Design
 Part III: Designing for Success 
6. Designing Your Team
7. Redesigning an Existing Team
Part IV: Creating Your Aspirational Culture 
8. Defining Your Aspirational Culture
9. Building the Micro Inside the Macro
10. Making the Culture Come to Life
 Part V: Applying Core Principles 
11. Applying the Power of Expectations
12. Creating Team Agreements
13. Creating Engagement
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