Frances Maxwell: Changing the working paradigm, from people who've lived and breathed it.
This is a very timely book packed to the brim with practical advice on implementing a remote working practice at your organisation, written by people who are clearly experienced in its benefits and pitfalls. It's quick to read, very nicely broken down, and easy to digest with some statements that made me laugh out loud!
I worked remotely for several years and have even done a fully remote four-month intensive programme of study (with 25 other students around Europe) and I can testify to the accuracy of what they say and the advice that they give, but even with this experience there were some new ideas in the book for me, especially around transparency and the importance of keeping pretty much ALL communications out in the open (I've always been a fan of direct messaging!) and also getting over the guilt of feeling like you need to have your bum on the seat all day.
The book is really good food for thought if remote is something you're interested in exploring - which you should be, because it opens a whole new world of hiring possibilities and crucially, offers a better lifestyle for all involved. I loved the page where they crossed out work to live, live to work, and just left it as LIVE!
Craig Blackburn: This is the most unique/important/pivotal book you will ever read on remote working.
Pure brilliance. This book needs to be out there. With the evolution in the way we work and the ubiquitous technology that enables it, a huge chunk of the world's forward-thinking businesses already function like this -- and their numbers are growing by the day.
But so many others struggle with the culture needed to make it a successful reality.
Traditional employers beware. You can't own remote staff, track their every move and peer over their shoulder. That's not how you get the best results from the best talent. The best talent are rarely on your doorstep; the best-fit staff for you may not even wake up properly until midday.
Read this. NOW. Happy remote working.
Jeff Wellstead: Secret competitive weapon for remote working management.
As a consultant who works with fast growing technology companies, I'm often asked to solve the remote working challenge - as it's a critical talent strategy for success today. Gary lived the remote working challenge by creating a virtual team dotted across the world that created many of his company's most thought leading business applications. He's a master of humble but powerful engagement, mixed with a deep appreciation for and knowledge of emerging tech that makes it feel like you're in the same coffee shop with your co-workers. Reading this book explains simply how everyone can do it. It's a fast but entertaining, knowledgeable read and a must have instruction manual in your global talent tool set. Love the design, the ease of absorption, the handy size and the fact that it's like my secret competitive weapon that fixes my global hiring and remote management challenges with ease. It's not academic or theoretical - it comes from a place of successful experience (and no doubt learned from failures), written by people who know what amazing should look like.
Joe Knowles: Worth buying and sharing.
In many ways, it's a shame a book like this has to exist, but that's because the reasons so neatly outlined in the book make so much sense that it's hard to understand why we're not doing it all already.
This will take you through the main arguments, how to counteract them, the tools and set up that will enable good remote working and it provides a lot of resources besides. It's easy to read, short, and even if you're sold on remote, you should buy it and give it to others so they may see the light.
Dan Curtis: Huge value, great insight!
Great book which helped me reflect on how I have setup a remote team up for success in the last 3 months. Would highly recommend this to anyone looking to lead a remote team.
Adam Auckland: Good for managers/business owners who're interested in hiring the best.
This book is for people who have heard of remote working and are interested in how it might fit in their existing setup, or maybe they want to move on. It has interviews with people who work remote explaining what their day-to-day activities are and how they resolve problems.
Ready for Remote won't give you all the answers - there's no once size fits all - it asks the questions for you to provide the answers yourself.
You might read the book and decide remote work isn't for you or simply won't work, but you might realise it's not as hard as you thought.
Trevor Vann: Read it in the morning, work remotely in the afternoon!
This book isn’t just about getting your workforce to work remotely. I’ve found It’s also a handy guide that can turn you into a remote working master if you find your next role is a bit more than “work from home Fridays” or if your next project takes you away from a traditional “in the office” way of working. If you worry about how to trust and empower your team, the need to be productive, how to hold people to account and stay in the loop from the comfort of wherever you might be then check this bible out!
I’d love a second book on how to make the most of the suggested tools and processes “Doing Remote” maybe?
Paul Ives: Learning from people who have walked the path
Having made the transition from (many years at) large corporate companies, to a small tech startup with offices around the globe, I was determined to explore the subject of remote working. Apart from the obvious cost savings, there had to be positive impacts on productivity as well as work/life balance!?
This book proved instrumental in my research and execution!
Its easy to read, informative (sometimes even amusing), and I instantly got the feeling that the authors have a great sense of experience through their own successes and failures (no doubt)!
A great read, and I'd highly recommend this book to anyone interested in remote work.
Peter Hornsby: Credible, useful info in a digestible form
Although I'd worked remotely occasionally, moving to remote working as the standard approach, only going into an office occasionally came as something of a culture shock: You get used to working in a certain way and when the context changes, it can be a real culture shock. This book ticked several important boxes for me:
- It's short and to the point: I read it in about half an hour.
- It's written by credible guys who have lots of experience doing this stuff for real
- It answers questions I didn't know I had, like "I feel a bit guilty doing this and I don't know why"
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