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21st Century Work Life and leading remote teams

Brought to you by Virtual not Distant, the 21st Century Work Life podcast looks at leading 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.

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Jun 19, 2015

In today's podcast, Pilar talks to Matt Rogish, CEO of Reactive Opps, the consulting arm of RailsMachine. We talk about how he works with a distributed team and we chat about Results Only Work Environment (ROWE).

00:30 Pilar talks about the episode of Podcasters Roundtable on she took part in, on Co-hosting and the parallels with co-hosting a podcast and other collaboration ventures.

04:40 Should we still be paying people per hour, instead of per job done? The ongoing dilemma... How do we know whether people are working? Do more hours mean better work? She mentions her blog post Virtual Work is Already Broken

10:02 Contact links and Virtual not Distant the course for managers and leaders of virtual teams is now endorsed by the Institute of Leadership and Management in the UK

Most companies are now distributed in practice.

11:55 Pilar talks to Matt Rogish, who explains what his company does:  "High touch outsource" - breaking down the barriers between the team and their clients.

My job as CEO is mainly to support the team.

21:05 Matt talks about how his team works. T-shaped people.

23:30 Ruby on Rails. Pilar was curious to learn more about what this.

28:00 Creating the right work environment. How Matt is creating this for his team.

32:40 "Hiring the best people wherever they happen to be and building systems that facilitate efficient communications.Results Only Work Environment. ROWE.

"Managing by side-effect" as opposed to focusing on results, which is not always easy.

42:45 Pilar and Matt talk about what could have been behind Best Buy ditching ROWE, which evolved in that company.

Why Best Buy abandoned ROWE

Goodbye to flexible work at Best Buy (HBR)

"Everything around you that you call life, was built by people who are no smarter than you". Steve Jobs.

47:20 Why Matt does public speaking and what he speaks about.