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08Nov

Online Office Parties: The Virtual Baby Shower

Sococo is extraordinarily lucky to have the smartest and most enthusiastic customers on the planet. In our journey bringing the office to the online space, we have worked with these folks to learn everything we can about how they approach creating and unifying distributed teams. Our friends at Seeq are best in class when it comes to creating culture in an online team, and have really nailed it when it comes to organizing office social events in their Sococo space.

04Oct

The Nuts and Bolts of a Sales Team's Agile Transformation

Here at Sococo, we recently made the decision to take our entire company through an Agile transformation. While our software team has been Agile since day one, the rest of the company has been run on more traditional seat-of-the-pants startup way. My experience in implementing Agile is 90% with software teams, with the other 10% being me trying to figure out in my spare time how to be more agile as a team of 1.5 marketers.
09Aug

5 Tips for Overcoming the Language Barrier on a Distributed Team

In a distributed team, diversity can mean a number of things. Removing the barrier of geographic proximity and the need to commute can be a great advantage in getting the best possible people for the job. More and more, we’re seeing businesses take advantage of the flexibility of a distributed office to hire across borders and create an international team.
29Jun

Practical Tools For Addressing Cultural Differences on Distributed Teams

Yesterday, I shared some of the findings I took from our June 23 webinar, Breaking Down Cultural Barriers on Your Distributed Team. But it’s not enough to simply acknowledge and understand how country and company cultures affect teams. Over the years, I’ve developed some practical tools and practices that teams can use to address their cultural differences.
28Jun

How Cultural Differences Influence Distributed Teamwork

One of the most influential forces in a distributed team is the cultural differences among team members. While working remotely is in itself a challenge, cultural differences can unfortunately sometimes send projects off track. Often, the influence of culture is hidden just beneath the surface.
17Jun

Cross Cultural Team Barriers on Distributed Teams: Survey Results

Today the majority of knowledge workers interact with people in different locations. From a cultural perspective, this trend has had an impact on how we as a workforce have had to change our behaviors and tackle new problems. Getting work done on distributed teams is not the same as getting work done on co-located teams. Collaboration across geographies and cultures presents new challenges and requires new ways of working in order to accommodate many cultures working harmoniously under one virtual company roof.
11May

5 Reasons Your Business Should Jump on the Transparency Bandwagon

“Honesty is the best policy.” It’s an old saying; we’ve all heard it. With the recent spate of articles about adopting transparency practices into your business, it’s starting to look like a profitable policy, too. The benefits of transparency, however, go far beyond simply getting attention online.
10May

The Three Key Frameworks for Leading Change Effectively (eBook)

Over the decades, various business frameworks have emerged to drive performance and growth. They have built on each other as we learn from each other. And over the decades I have both learned from others and contributed to the creation of frameworks that are widely used today. What I have learned is this: leading change requires driving transformation in both the business culture and the business model simultaneously. That last word is where most leaders get stuck. Here’s my observation:
04May

How Gamification is Empowering the Workplace

You see it everywhere you go. People with their heads in their phones playing Candy Crush, or Clash of the Clans, or whatever the latest addictive game is. The fact of the matter is that we humans love to be rewarded for every little thing we do, which triggers our dopamine response. At the same time, games know how to make you wait for the bigger rewards—so by the time you get that big shiny sword, it feels like you’ve really achieved something important.
28Apr

How You Think About Leading Change Matters (eBook)

“Everyone gets excited about change, except when it happens to them.”
These battle-hardened words were shared with me years ago by the CMO of GE. The data certainly back up her frustration. Depending on the study, 30% of change initiatives fail outright. An additional 40% fail to meet performance goals. Only 20% of organizations rank as having strong change leadership capabilities. And the move to distributed teams, for all their strengths, bring additional challenges that likely do more to exacerbate than to help this trend.