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Lessons learned

Lessons learned

On June 7th 2017 a devastating fire swept through the coastal town of Knysna South Africa destroying 973 homes and about 150 informal structures. There was a detailed postmortem of this event...

Remote work support pillars

Remote work support pillars

For a succesful remote workplace or “office-in-the-cloud” to “stand” there are several crucial support pillars that hold up the workplace. You have to understand what all these are in order to be...

Hybrid workplaces are really hard to get right

Hybrid workplaces are really hard to get right

There are many reasons for this. Candida Sisam, captures one these reasons succinctly: “A hybrid model can seem like an easy solution to the current issues companies face because they can retain...

Beware of communication fragmentation!

Beware of communication fragmentation!

I can literally write a book about this! Now no one digital communication tool is perfect, so don’t look for that, rather settle on something that ticks most boxes. If you don’t insist on a single...

Work-from-anywhere prerequisite

Work-from-anywhere prerequisite

A team must possess the skill to communicate and collaborate at distance as effectively as if they were sitting around a table in-person. It must be that seamless. This skill is often referred to as...

Future skills

Future skills

Back in January of 2020, I highlighted that Carbon Literacy would become a necessary future skill all businesses will need to have. This is becoming clearer now that carbon emission reporting is...

Why employees want hybrid working

Why employees want hybrid working

This data point from recent Accenture research is enlightening. We want to focus on the 25% that state their reason for wanting to come into the office on some days is because they want to...

Google Doc vs Whiteboard

Google Doc vs Whiteboard

“We need to be in the same room with a whiteboard to brainstorm!” Have you heard that before? Let’s see if there is a better way: On a physical whiteboard you can: Easily draw shapes and...

This is a major hybrid workplace challenge

This is a major hybrid workplace challenge

If a hybrid team does not solve the problem articulated here, this workplace will ultimately fail, as it creates a two-tier workplace with remote workers becoming secondclass employees. If you are...