DistantJob Podcast

DistantJob Podcast

By DistantJob
Welcome to the DistantJob Podcast. This podcast is about people working together on great projects, through the magic of the internet - no office required. Here, we interview people who've built and managed remote teams and even full companies - and found great success! The DistantJob Podcast is brought to you by DistantJob, a recruitment agency that specializes in remote recruitment, helping its clients build and manage remote teams.
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Developing Empathy in Your Remote Team with Stefan Kollenberg
In this powerful podcast episode, Stefan shares the importance of creating empathy in teams, listening to their struggles, opening up, and boosting every team member to become a better version. And although in a virtual setting, developing empathy is challenging, it's still possible.  He also reveals how remote work changed Crescendo in ways he never imagined.
39:15
July 3, 2020
Thriving in the Remote Sales Environment with Christopher Snyder
On this podcast episode, our guest, Christopher Snyder, shares powerful tips for sales teams to thrive while working remotely. He also offers strategies for better organization and better management, emphasizing that leaders have a crucial role during the pandemic in guiding their teams towards achievable goals – no matter the challenges their organization is facing.
50:10
June 29, 2020
How to Define Culture in a Remote Setting with Darren Murph from Gitlab
In this episode, Darren Murph reveals why some businesses are failing in their attempt to work remotely. He also shares his insights into the meaning of culture and how GitLab, having approximately 1200 remote workers, has a culture that all their employees connect and relate with.
40:53
June 22, 2020
Defining the Remote Work Boundaries with Stefan Palios
In this podcast episode, Stefan Palios discussed what actually means to be a remote worker, and it has nothing to do with just working from home. He also shared his insights about how the future of work does not necessarily mean working remotely.
43:03
June 15, 2020
Insights on Building and Managing Virtual Marketing Teams with Kieran Flanagan
In this podcast episode, our guest Kieran Flanagan discusses some of the critical aspects of managing remote marketing teams, highlighting the importance of flexibility and creativity. He shares his insights on the benefits of virtual teams to achieve work/life balance. 
34:15
June 8, 2020
Strategies for a Successful Remote Communication with Leo Mindel
In this episode, Leo Mindel shares his key strategies to maintain efficient communication in distributed teams. He talks about his experience transitioning from an onsite company to a fully remote company and the right tools he has gathered along the way.   
51:34
June 1, 2020
Shaping the Culture of Your Distributed Company with Tom Willmot
In this podcast episode, Tom Willmot shares his experience in building a remote company from the bottom to the top. He shares some of the difficulties co-located companies might be experiencing when transitioning to remote due COVID-19. And his optimistic belief of the remote business model.
45:27
May 22, 2020
How to Build Strong Connections in Virtual Teams with Andy Cahill
In this inspiring podcast episode, Andy shares what remote work has done to his life and how he has managed to connect with his clients virtually. And the importance of being conscious with the time you have, spending it wisely doing the things you love. 
54:19
May 18, 2020
How to Set Your Remote Company for Success with Dianne Crampton
In this episode, Dianne Crampton shares her experience in building remote cultures and reveals the tringle for business success: Roles, Goals, and Relationships. She explains why having the ability to work with companies and people all around the world is necessary during these times.
52:23
May 11, 2020
How to Become a Traveling Nomad Entrepreneur with Alexander Thauron
In this DistantJob’s episode, our guest Alexandre Thauron takes us on a journey to understand more about the life of digital nomads. The challenges and benefits he faces while working and traveling around the globe. And how he built his business while living in different countries and learning about diverse cultures.
36:43
May 4, 2020
Hiring the Right People for Your Remote Team with Mario Peshev
In this episode, we have the chance to listen to Mario Peshev and his experiences in hiring and building strong teams. He shares the advantages of having remote employees and the importance of hiring people that understands your company’s culture but also to understand the culture of the people you hire 
57:09
April 27, 2020
Remote Companies Work & Travel Experiences with Anne-Marie Jentsch
Thinking about gathering your remote team? Anne-Marie Jentsch shares her experiences in organizing group experiences for both onsite and remote teams in different parts of the world.
32:13
April 20, 2020
How to Transition a Team From On-site to Remote Work with Stacy Henry
In this episode, Stacy Henry tells us her experience of working in the BNR company for almost 10 years. How they started being just 15 employees and grew to over 100 employees, managing hybrid teams and remote employees.
47:34
April 13, 2020
Building trust in remote teams with Albert Cañigueral
In this podcast episode, Alberto Cañigueral talks about the social impact digital platforms are having on the labor market, how they are transforming economies, and the way people work. He shares his experience in organizing projects and events with freelancers and people from his community working as a distributed team.
36:23
April 3, 2020
Essential Tips for Effectively Managing Remote Workers with Yann Toutant
In this podcast, Yann Toutant explains the need for companies to digitalize and advises managers on how to lead their teams by managing employees based on outputs. What you will learn: The importance of having a digitalized company How to manage and build trust in a remote team Differences between managing juniors and seniors How to define goals in a distributed team This interview is part of the DistantJob podcast. To hear more from leaders and successful entrepreneurs on how to build and lead winning teams, check us out on Anchor.fm and on our website. Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE so you won’t miss all of the other interesting episodes that we have coming up in the next few weeks!
41:39
March 30, 2020
How to become a Location-Independent Entrepreneur with Stephanie Smolders and Peter Beukering
Serial entrepreneurs, Stephanie Smolders and Peter Beukering, are the founders of BeeHavesocial and Touristexclusive. Consultants on business and marketing, they help mission-driven entrepreneurs scale their business with an aligned foundation and marketing strategy that works for them. In this special podcast episode, Luis, the host of DistantJob podcast, is interviewing Peter Beukering and Stephanie Smolders, a full-time travel couple who adopted the location independent lifestyle and worked from 34 different countries ( and counting). They share their story on how they built and grew their remote business while traveling and how remote work it's the core of their successful business. What you will learn: practical steps to consider when starting a remote business; building and leading a fully remote team effectively; benefits of hiring ambitious people with entrepreneurial spirits; why remote work allows you to hire the best people and have a more productive team; how to measure the productivity of remote workers.
1:17:05
March 23, 2020
The keys to a successful remote work strategy with Mike Soldan
Mike Soldan is the Chief Experience Officer at Shmoop, a digital publishing company that provides comprehensive test prep resources and certified online courses.Before Shmoop, he was formerly the VP of Pluralsight's Professional Services & Solutions Architect teams, and prior to that, he was a founding member and product leader for one of Verizon Communications' largest product and new business innovation arms. He has a background with the focus on enhancing education and training programs, and on building high performing and innovative teams. As more and more companies adopt flexible work practices, developing a successful remote work strategy is necessary to operate remotely efficiently and effectively. In this podcast episode, Mike Sultan offers strategies and best practices on how to manage the challenges that may come up along the way in a remote setting and how to help set up your remote team for success.  What you will learn: building a culture of collaboration in the workplace; tools you need to successfully operate as a remote team; managing your remote workforce without micromanaging; why you should be setting and tracking transactional metrics.
46:31
March 16, 2020
Building and growing a successful remote business with Richard Fallah
More and more companies are transitioning to remote working teams as the global workforce develops to gain access to a larger talent pool, in order to work with the best talent in the world. The benefits of remote work for organizations are more evident than ever. In this podcast episode, we get the chance to listen to Richard Fallah, founder of Vbout, share his successful entrepreneurial journey and his views on building a successful business with remote teams. He believes leaders must engage their people with a compelling vision to boost employee's performance and the business' growth. What you will learn: how remote work can help companies to produce rapid and durable growth; how to focus on areas of your business without burning out; practical strategies on managing remote teams; tips on bonding distributed teams together; how to provide a balance of positive and negative feedback; the importance of one-on one meetings in a distributed team. This interview is part of the DistantJob podcast. To hear more from leaders and successful entrepreneurs on how to build and lead winning teams, check us out on our website.
37:42
March 9, 2020
Effective feedback in a remote team with Teresa Gandy
Teresa Gandy is the owner of Clarity CX, helping business and training providers to add extra client value by managing feedback, assessments, and reports. Her prior working experience in corporate- land HR and her knowledge with customer feedback ensures collecting clear, quick, and actionable feedback from customers and employees. After working more than a decade in an office setting, Teresa explains how transitioning to remote work, positively impacted her personal and professional life. Based on her remote working experience, Teresa Gandy is sharing her knowledge on collecting remote feedback effectively. She believes it is essential to have honesty in your feedback. Otherwise, it is useless.
44:48
March 1, 2020
Strategies for leading remote teams with Shauna Moran
In this podcast episode, we have a returning guest, Shauna Moran. Over the last couple of years she did extensive research on remote teams and qualified as an executive leadership coach. She is now focusing more on the holistic side of managing remote teams. Shauna Moran is an accredited coach and emotional intelligence practitioner. Founder of Operate Remote, a consultancy and coaching business, helps leaders in a remote company to create, manage, and scale high-performing distributed teams. She is sharing with us everything she is learned from her experience and academic background in leading and scaling remote teams. From the challenges you face in a remote team and how to overcome them to the importance of emotional intelligence and how it counts for 25-40% of work base performance.
32:48
February 21, 2020
The benefits of coworking spaces for remote workers with Andy Bedwell
In this episode, Andy Bedwell covers in detail, the list of advantages offered by coworking spaces, including innovation and networking opportunities, in a relaxed and supportive environment. Andy Bedwell is a property investor and developer that has a growing network of managed office spaces in the UK. Owner of Perch Co- Working, his aim is to cultivate a thriving community of workers, enabling people to come together and create great things. Coworking is a fast-growing global trend, mostly embraced by startups, small companies, entrepreneurs, and freelancers, but remote workers are starting to welcoming it too due to its benefits. While working from home can be an excellent option for some remote workers, others are having trouble focusing in a home office, so they prefer to work in a coworking location where they can feel like being part of a community, thus avoiding loneliness. Not only that, but there is an educational and networking component to it.
44:31
February 14, 2020
Bringing a remote team together with Tom Mabey
Successful serial-entrepreneur, with over 40 years of experience, Tom Mabey is the CEO and key founder of ECLIPSE, which provides tailored big data solutions as a service. Previously he founded Sahara, Inc. (regional construction service provider), The Consortium (civil engineering consulting business) and he is Member of the Board of Directors of Nano Stone, Inc. an international provider of natural stone. A professional engineer, his focus is on building and leading teams to solve problems in a collaborative and productive environment. According to Tom Mabey, a component key for a distributed organization is to build a culture and to maintain cultural consistency as the company expands in a geographical sense and becomes more diverse. Maintaining control of the culture and the values of the company can be challenging, especially in a distributed organization. In this episode, Tom Mabey, provides a guide on how you can bring your distributed team together in a way that can boost their productivity, efficiency, and collaboration. From constant communication and team building activities to finding top talent and optimizing your hiring process, Tom covers important steps you need to take so that you and your team can be successful.
40:20
February 7, 2020
Benefits of a remote workforce and virtual communication with Arthur Woods
Arthur Woods, is the the Co-Founder of Mathison, a talent marketplace focusing purely on connecting underrepresented population to employers all over the world. Being a serial entrepreneur, and having built his business virtually, he sustain the remote workforce. Even though the benefits of a remote workforce have been shown over and over again, there are still a lot of common misconceptions about virtual work and Arthur dives into them and explains how to overcome them. Remote work is really the key to drive diversity and inclusion in the workplace. And to get workplace diversity and inclusion right, you need to build a culture. On this episode, Arthur Woods is sharing his strategy on how to ensure a culture inclusion on a remote setting. He believes the power of remote workforce is in having a lot of intentionality and building systems that reinforce strong culture.
47:55
January 31, 2020
How to structure your remote business with Debbie Arcangeles
Debbie Arcangeles is a remote entrepreneur and the creator of The Offbeat Life, where she shares valuable resources on how to  transition out of office life into a location independent job. Her podcast has been featured in Forbes, Travel & Leisure and on many other media outlets,  for her expertise in travel and podcasting. In this week's episode, we get the change to learn from Debbie's experience on remote business. She believes is very important to create systems and making sure they are available to your remote employees in a way that everyone have access to them and understand them. That's how she manages to save time and have an efficient and productive distributed team. For more useful information on how to grow and scale your business by hiring remote, and on how to be effective leaders over the internet check  our weekly podcast episodes on DistantJob.
43:28
January 24, 2020
How to lead your global virtual team with coach Murray Johnstone
Murray Johnstone is is the Director at Sagulo Coaching & Mentoring Services Ltd. His mentorship program involves a different approach of coaching, which will enable you to deliver exceptional outcomes, even if you are located in a different part of the world. Working with global teams, for more than two decades, his coaching changed throughout the years, which led him to virtual coaching- he is working with over 20 organization at the moment, allowing him to have a flexible schedule. In this podcast episode, coach Murray Johnstone explain how to manage remote leaders for the team to shine. His view on managing remote team is focus on getting strong links with remote employees and get the team connected with the business. He believes the vast majority of capabilities of a great leader is developed at the job, followed by importance of surrounding yourself with complementary mentors and of course, the education background. Because of his science management background, he was interested in the context the people were operating within, from the point of strategic positioning and the market place they offer. For more useful information on how to grow and scale your business by hiring remote, and on how to be effective leaders over the internet check  our weekly podcast episodes on DistantJob.
1:11:06
January 17, 2020
Building Successful Remote Teams with Graham Gill
Graham is the Co-Founder and Advisor at Global Success Advisors, a 100% remote company with workers in NY, Boston and Connecticut. He's worked with teams all around the world and has figured out how to deal with timezones. In this podcast episode, Graham Gill shares his experience working as a remote leader and what he's done to manage and build a successful remote team. He tries to find people with different skills when looking for people to join their team but the one skill that they all have to have in common is good communication.
1:01:10
January 10, 2020
Traveling on a Remote Schedule with Mickael Romaniello
In this podcast episode, Luis and Mickael talk about the tools they use and processes that they take to manage a remote team effectively. Mickael believes you need to trust the people you hire to be able to do the work and show employees you care about their wellbeing. He's really focused on the mental health of his employees, he's a sports and travel advocate and enjoys doing outdoor activities.
46:07
January 6, 2020
Helping Remote Leaders Reach their Full Potential with Helen Joy
Helen Joy is the Director at ANPR Consulting helping businesses grow by focusing on getting the best from their people. She's been involved in learning and development for over 18 years and she's particularly passionate about helping future leaders improve their careers. In this episode, Helen explains how focusing on your people, motivating them and enabling them to develop critical skills, you allow your business to grow beyond your own expectations and limitations.
1:00:42
December 28, 2019
Remote Work Statistics with Sophia Bernazzani
Sophia Bernazzani is the Head of Content Marketing at Owl Labs. In this podcast episode, Sophia shares some statistics that show how remote work is meant to be the future of employment culture. Don’t miss her recommendations and also a peek of her experience as a remote worker herself.
37:26
December 21, 2019
Remote Leadership Education with Max Klau
Max Klau explains the possibilities of teaching critical thinking in order to develop leadership skills through remote education platforms. Our guest talks about the program “Answering the Call”, which recruits and trains military veterans and national service alumni who consider politics as a way to continue serving their country. “Answering the Call” has both local and virtual offers, giving the opportunity of remote leadership education to hundreds of people in America.
42:07
December 14, 2019
Virtual Networking and Communication for Remote Teams with Coach Kevin Claus
Kevin Claus is a coach and consultant with a focus on leadership development and employee engagement. Kevin started managing remote teams 12 years ago, helping them reach their highest potential. Communication is the main ingredient that makes remote work possible. Taking that into consideration, Coach Kevin Claus provides a very complete guide on how to make virtual networking better: from face to face conference calls and employee resource groups to virtual shadowing and interactive training in virtual classrooms, Kevin shares some basic to do's to achieve success as a remote team manager.
54:11
December 8, 2019
Remote work models with Microsoft's Researcher Mary L. Gray
Want to know how to get social at work even if you're in a remote team? Mary L Gray explains how the human workforce is in the middle of a software centered work culture and how remote workers can find a purpose in what they do. In this episode, Mary explains how our capitalist system dictates the productivity rhythm of job growth, the introduction and transition to new work models such as remote work. She also shares how these new work models have an impact in economy and society.
1:08:44
November 30, 2019
Building a healthy company culture in remote teams with Ismail Aly and Ranya Barakat
Ismail Aly and Ranya Barakat are Co-Founders of the IDS Agency, an inbound marketing and sales shop located in Santiago, Chile. Their company is 82% remote, with team members spread across 6 different countries. In this episode, our guests and Luis share some insights about managing a marketing agency remotely and how the remote work model has allowed them to hire talent that fits their company culture, even if that means that their team is distributed in six different countries.
53:16
November 23, 2019
Remote Team Growth and Career Path Development
 With Louise Puddifoot
Is there a difference between leading a team remotely or in person? Our guest Louise Puddifoot, Founder & Director of Willow & Puddifoot, shares her experience managing remote teams. In this episode, Louise Puddifoot, a self-defined people developer, takes us through the differences between being a remote team manager and a local team manager, as well as the difficulties that managing remote or hybrid teams represent. Luis and Louise share some insights on how to choose ideal team managers. Listen to Louise share advice on how to train and motivate your remote employees, as well as some tips to create a collaborative environment regardless of your location.
39:19
November 14, 2019
Taking your company remote with Stefania Chiorboli
Think about taking your company remote? Stefania Chiorboli shares some insights to help your company transition to a remote or hybrid environment without losing part of your culture. Stefania is the founder at The Hoxby Collective, a consulting business helping people and companies build and manage remote teams. In this podcast episode, Luis and Stefania talk about how remote work can make the world a better place, not only because it's materially and financially appealing but also because it opens a space for a more diverse workforce, and it allows every remote worker to have the work-life balance that they choose in a way that is meaningful for them and allows them to give their best without being tied to an office.
1:00:31
November 9, 2019
The Ins and Outs of Remote Internships with Kimberly Harden
Kimberly Harden is the Founder and CEO of Harden Consulting Group and an Instructor at Seattle University. She's taught Communication Studies at the Seattle Central College, the Highline College, and the Regis University College for Professional Studies. She founded and directed JAGWILL, a company to help people improve their communication skills. She also advocates for diversity in educational institutions.
43:37
November 2, 2019
Picking The Right Remote Team with Tom Libelt
Tom Libelt is the Co-Founder of We Create Online Courses, the Founder of WeMarketOnlineCourses.com and CEO of Libelty SEO. In this episode, our guest Tom Libelt shares his experience creating systems that have allowed him to lead several enterprises simultaneously. Tom and Luis talk about the pros of recruiting full-time remote employees vs hiring digital nomad employees. For Tom, who is more a seasonal traveler, the key to leading so many projects at the same time is getting a manager who supervises his staff, which he likes to keep tight placing quality over quantity.
38:33
October 26, 2019
Time Management Musts for Remote Teams with Clodagh Higgins
Clodagh Higgins is an Agency Coach and Consultant at the Growit Group, she's a Performance Coach at Valor Performance, author of the book "A Happy and Healthy Digital Agency". She's also a Powerlifting World Record Holder and host of her own podcast "Agency Life." After traveling and working in big cities, she returned to her hometown in the west coast of Ireland and has been coaching marketing agencies remotely from the comfort of her cottage for about the past couple of years. Clodagh leads a team of three remote colleagues and is a very organized multitasker. Lifting weights or walking at the beach is something you might find her doing after handling coaching sessions with clients from all around the world.  In this episode, Clodagh takes us through a glance of her book "A Happy and Healthy Digital Agency" and her self-developed methodology to manage digital marketing agencies, which allows her to successfully coach marketing entrepreneurs. Learn how optimizing your time with proper scheduling and the right tools will allow you to effectively juggle your personal and professional life as a remote worker.
42:06
October 19, 2019
Conversation Hacks with Mentor Coach Steve Hamilton
In this episode, Luis talks to Mentor  Coach Steve Hamilton, CEO & Founder of the 18th Camel. Steve shares some of his key points to create an appropriate climate when you meet someone online for the first time and what you can do to bond effectively. He believes some of the key aspects to bonding with someone come from creating trust and empathy. They also share some strategies to be more productive when working from home, such as keeping a focus and being mindful of how you spend your time.
38:17
October 12, 2019
Leading a digital nomad lifestyle with Hotjar's VPO Ken Weary
Ken Weary balances his life between being the VP of Operations at Hotjar (a product that reveals the online behavior and voice of a website’s users) and being a father and husband in a digital nomad family. Six years ago, he took a sabbatical which really changed his perspective about how we wanted to live his life and decided to start working remotely, house sitting for people around the world. Currently, he is house sitting and working out of Scotland, and while he tackles the tasks of a VPO, his wife "world-schools" their kids.
43:35
October 5, 2019
Making decisions in remote teams with Todd Werth
Todd Werth is the CEO and Co-Founder of Infinite Red, a remote design and creative studio creating beautiful and functional mobile apps and websites. Todd has been creating software for 20 years and has founded three companies. He still codes and designs but not as often as he'd like. In this podcast episode, Todd shares his experience leading a remote company and explains how big decisions are made when working remotely. He believes remote has nothing to do with how you work or when you work, it's only about where you're located.
51:33
September 28, 2019
Do's and Don'ts of Company Retreats with Elisa Rueda
We've all heard about the numerous benefits of company retreats. But, how can your company make the most of it? Elisa Rueda, host and founder of The CoWork Experience shares some insights and advice for leaders looking to take their team on a retreat. There's a difference between a cowork experience retreat and a cowork experience vacation. When you take a large group out the goal is to celebrate, but a retreat is more focused on development, growth and nurturing the skills of the team members. Before going on a retreat, Elisa shares it's important to identify the problem you're looking to solve so your time is focused on finding a solution to that specific problem. Don't just send your employees away to have a good time as you'll probably come back the same way. What makes a good company retreat? How do people break the ice when they meet and get to know each other for the first time? Listen to this podcast episode and find out.
30:23
September 21, 2019
Becoming a Remarkable Leader with Sabina Nawaz
A big part of building a successful remote team relies on effective leadership management. In this episode, Luis talks to Sabina Nawaz about one of the many benefits of working remotely. She mentions how managing a remote team really broadens your perspective and helps you become a more comprehensive leader. Having a diverse team helps you have a global point of view in your virtual office. Sabina shares leadership tips for CEOs looking to boost their business. Some of them include having active 1-on-1 sessions with employees and showcasing their achievements properly.
42:29
September 14, 2019
Building a company that makes your Mondays exciting with Angelique Slob
Angelique believes your company's culture should really reflect your purpose and values but how do you establish and implement that? Writing down where you want to be or where you are right now, might be a good place to start. This could help you have a clear vision of your company. There are different ways to build your company's culture but is always important to remember that as a founder, you have the obligation to build something that makes you happy. There will be times where you'll have to make decisions or sacrifices to follow your culture; letting go of clients might be one of them, if they don't follow your vision or if their values are not aligned to yours. Listen to learn how you can implement a good working environment whether you're working in an office or with a remote team.
45:49
September 7, 2019
Creating and Managing VR Experiences with German Heller
3dar is a creative hybrid team, their core people are on-site but they also work with artists from Brazil, Chile and other parts of South America. As part of their vision, the team at 3dar knew from the beginning that they wanted to work with creative people in Latin America but offer their services in Europe and the US. In this podcast episode, German shares how working remotely with artists has naturally pushed them to be more structured as a company and almost perfect the art of creating briefs so that all requests are met.
47:39
August 30, 2019
The Fundamentals of Equality in Remote Teams with Bhagyashree Pancholy
In this podcast episode, Bhagyashree shares how she's able to successfully manage a hybrid team across different time zones and shares the basics of equality in remote hiring practices. One step her company decided to implement was to pay their remote employees equally, regardless of their country of residence. Whether they're in India, Hawai or Portugal, their employees' salary is calculated on the base San Francisco salary for that position. The reason? Everyone is doing quality work and putting the extra effort. She advises all remote companies to hire based on skills, experience and expertise; try to avoid stereotypes when looking to fill a specific role.
41:00
August 24, 2019
Advocating Remote Work with June Bolneo
There are a bunch of reasons why managers are reluctant to work remotely and June Bolneo surely knows about them. In this chapter, we go deep into learning the ins and outs of remote work and how your company can (or should) make the leap.  She's found that most of the problems that arise when working remotely are very psychological and rely around social barriers. So, what can we do about it? Listen to this podcast and find out.
50:20
August 16, 2019
Building the right processes and creating structures for remote teams with Matteo Grassi
A lot of people talk about communication being a challenging factor in successfully running a remote team, but Matteo Grassi explains how one of the main issues they've encountered as a remote company is managing projects. In this podcast episode, he shares how they have built their processes, improved them and made sure the whole company is following them. They've implemented a goal-oriented strategy at Eli Z Group that focuses on short and long term goals rather than day-to-day activities. Wanna know how this has helped the business? Have a listen. 
39:39
August 9, 2019
Running Successful Remote Meetings with Elise Keith
Elise Keith is the Founder & CEO at Lucid Meetings, an app that makes it easy for teams to run successful meeting every day. Their software embeds basic best practices and automates the administrative work involved in scaling a great meeting habit. She's also an author of the book Where the Action is: The Meetings That Make or Break your Organization.  In this episode, Elise shares what she's found are the most common habits of successful remote teams and the key to make a project go well. She's found that when all the members in a team have clarity of decisions, they know who's involved in what and how they are involved, it's difficult to not see a project succeed.
50:51
August 2, 2019
The Importance of Trust and Work-Life Balance with Ingrid Odegaard
Ingrid Odegaard is the Co-founder & CPTO (formerly CEO) of Appear.in, a tool to bring your team and clients together with flexible video meetings so you can have a more productive remote team collaboration. In this episode, we talk about the benefits of remote teams and the importance of trust and work-life balance to achieve a good company's culture.  Ingrid explains how transitioning to a fully remote team has helped them develop more empathy for their users as now they understand better what problems they're facing and can offer better solutions to keep improving their product. 
39:58
July 26, 2019
EP39: The Power of The Executive Assistant with Sharon Koifman
Sharon Koifman believes every company, from the biggest enterprise to the newly-launched garage startup, should have access to the world’s top talent. That’s why he used over 10 years of experience in tech industry recruitment & HR to create DistantJob.  This episode is all about explaining how having a Virtual Assistant impacted Sharon’s work and life, allowing him to get more things done while achieving better work-life balance. He might not be living the 4-hour workweek dream, but he’s never been happier - and he’s bullish about taking on any perceived or real challenges about having a person from another country take care of your schedule and accounts. Luís puts him to the test - how did he fare? You decide!
25:14
July 19, 2019
The science behind what makes remote teams successful with Shauna Moran
Shauna Moran is the Founder at Operate Remote, a consulting firm where she helps individuals and organizations overcome the challenges when it comes to remote working. Her remote journey started about 6 years ago when she started working remotely for Shopify, an e-commerce platform for online stores. She got so passionate about remote working and decided to go back to school to get her Ph.D in Innovation Management where she focused on understanding what actually allowed remote teams to be successful. In this episode, Shauna shares her experience managing remote teams and gives some tips on how to do it effectively, according to research. 
49:40
July 12, 2019
EP 33: Leading Like a Host with Craig Brown
Craig Brown is a veteran of software product development that has experience leading and managing global software product development teams spanning four continents, 8 cities and hundreds of team members. His new baby is the Everest Engineering team, a modern software product development consultancy that delivers innovation capability out of India to the Australian tech industry. In this episode, we talk about a wide variety of topics, but fundamentally: leadership. What should cultural and language differences mean for leaders of distributed teams? Once you get down to it, what are the Agile and Scrum principles that really matter? What should your remote team do when they have a crisis on their hands? And why and how should leaders ask stupid questions? And teach others to do the same!
57:52
July 9, 2019
EP32: Running Remote Businesses Life-First with Adii Pienaar
Adii Pienaar is the founder of  Conversio  and lives in Cape Town, South Africa. Prior to Conversio, Adii was the co-founder of WooThemes /  WooCommerce . Today Adii is a family man (which is why Conversio is a life- and family-first company) who enjoys running, reading and wine. In this episode, we talk about the philosophy of leading from first principles. We explore how to act in order to prevent your employees from burning out (more common than you think in highly motivated remote teams) and how a leader can be consistent while still striving to learn and being open (even eager!) to change his or her opinion. And for the people who want to up their hiring game, we discuss the questions and tests that enable Adii to hire for culture and value.
54:35
July 9, 2019
E31: Company Culture and Fighting Ageism with Sharon Koifman
Is the remote work world biased against older and more experienced professionals? Or is it a problem with startup culture? DistantJob founder Sharon Koifman and podcast host Luis discuss how to fight ageism and embrace the wisdom that comes with experience in this special episode. Sharon Koifman believes every company, from the biggest enterprise to the newly-launched garage startup, should have access to world’s top talent. That’s why he used over 10 years of experience in tech industry recruitment & HR to create DistantJob.  This episode is a free-flowing conversation where Luis and Sharon discuss the age barriers that new companies erect and what they should change to avoid missing out on some seriously talented older professionals. We talk about lessons from Sharon’s father, and we finish with Sharon dispensing some leadership advice to his younger self, that little whippersnapper!
21:19
July 9, 2019
E30: Managing Across Three Countries Like Victor Fredung
In this episode, we talk about how he works from home while managing several facets of a tech company spread across three countries and timezones while simultaneously dealing with US clients. We explore the importance of getting FaceTime when hiring and why it’s important to find a time in the day for the whole company to sync, even if only briefly. And, among other things, we speculate on how AI could help us verify the experience and skill set of potential hires.
44:11
July 9, 2019
EP37: Using technology to your advantage with Maya MiddleMiss
Maya MiddleMiss is the CEO of BlockSparks, a startup focused on creating creative communications for the blockchain world . She's also a freelance writer and creator, obsessed with crypto, blockchain, and technology. She gets fascinated with the technological changes influencing our society and impacting our future.  In this episode, Maya shares how she got started in the world of cryptocurrencies and what we can do to use technology to our advantage. She believes those who are afraid of learning and trying something new, haven't realized how easy it is to connect with people who will literally give you a step-by-step guide on how to do the thing(s) you're afraid of. 
59:14
July 5, 2019
EP36: Leading a Fully Remote Team with Jamon Holmgren
Jamon Holmgren is the Co-Founder and CTO at Infinite Red, a consultancy where they design, develop, launch, and support mobile and web apps. He's a software developer, husband, and father of four. His life-long obsession with coding has taken him from running large excavation equipment to framing houses to 3D CAD design, until he eventually landed on a career in software.  In this episode, we talk about a wide variety of topics, but fundamentally: leading a fully remote team. What is it like to lead remotely? What are the downsides? How do you manage your time efficiently? And, how do you measure your team's performance?
51:43
June 28, 2019
EP1: The Myths Around Remote Work with Sharon Koifman Dispels
Welcome to StaffITRight, a Podcast by DistantJob! This Podcast aims to be a treasure trove of tools and resources for people who are on the quest to learn about how to build and manage remote teams. That’s right, this podcast is about people working together on great projects, through the magic of the internet – no office required. Here, we interview people who’ve built and managed remote teams and even full companies – and found great success!
51:34
June 26, 2019
EP2: Remote Marketing with Trevor Longino
On the second episode StaffITRight, the official podcast of DistantJob we interview Trevor Longino, le enfant terrible of the marketing world. 
59:05
June 26, 2019
EP3: Hybrid Remote Teams with Ana Guerra
In this edition of the StaffITRight podcast, presented by Distantjob.com , we talk to Ana Guerra, who was responsible for Social Media Marketing and Partnerships at Xbox.  During her stay at Microsoft Portugal, Ana found herself interacting with on-site colleagues, but doing the bulk of her work remotely, with a team that was physically located in another country. Here we talk about how she managed that situation and her advice to managers who want to integrate a remote superstar into their local teams!
44:39
June 26, 2019
EP4: Trust and Connection with Stephan Dohrn
In this episode of the StaffITRight podcast, we talk to Radical Inclusion’s Stephan Dohrn. Stephan has been helping remote teams do their best work for over a decade, and his experience has led him to focus on each individual as the building blocks of a top-performing remote team. In our conversation, we talk about building trust, connection, responsibility, and accountability, among many other things. All without ever stepping foot in the office.
45:58
June 26, 2019
EP5: Being Human and Building Rapport with Jennifer Kostel
In this episode of the StaffITRight podcast, we talk to our very own Jennifer Kostel. Jenn is a multitalented individual who has a portfolio that ranges from teaching languages and yoga to acting and managing accounts – but the common denominator in all her endeavors was the ability to build rapport with the people she dealt with. And now that she’s focusing on remote work, this skill proves to be more crucial than ever! We go into detail on Jenn’s previous remote work experiences, how to avoid remote work burnout, the importance of owning your mistakes, and much more – listen and prepare to be blown away!
33:38
June 26, 2019
EP6: Communicating to Thrive with Laurel Farrer
In this episode of the StaffITRight podcast, we talk to Laurel Farrer. Laurel is a remote work strategist and advocate who works with companies to strengthen communication and develop long-distance management strategies. She has written about remote work for several publications and education platforms and has advised US governments, business conferences, and industry leaders on the topic of remote work.  We cover a wide range of topics during our conversation, including good stand-ups and bad stand-ups, how to be a leader instead of a boss, how to figure out if the remote approach is working for your business and specific conversation scripts that you can use to make clear to your remote employees what are your expectations of their work.
59:06
June 26, 2019
EP7: Building People, Not Kingdoms with Microsoft’s Joel Martinez
In this episode of the DistantJob podcast, we talk to Joel Martinez. Joel Martinez is a Senior Developer at Microsoft, a prolific writer, and a huge advocate for remote work. During our conversation, we talk about how to stimulate focus on a team, how to know if a team is ready or not to work remotely, what can remote employees do to be proactive in showcasing their work, and much more – Joel is a true practical expert in the field. Audio Player
56:02
June 26, 2019
EP8: Translating Empowerment Into Value with Buffer’s Marcus Wermuth
Among many other things, we talk about how Buffer’s focus on transparency allows their teams to generate unprecedented value; why empowering people only works when it’s in service to generating said value; and how you need to be creative when adapting leadership lessons to remote teams.
55:57
June 26, 2019
EP9: The Power of One Single Thing with Mailchimp’s Nassim Kammah
This episode touches on how the importance of treating remote employees just as if they were regular, co-located employees; how negative emotional states can be more prevalent during online communication and how to manage them; and on the best formula to get honest, actionable feedback from your team members. But that’s not all, of course – this is one of the wider-ranging DistantJob podcasts ever!
45:58
June 26, 2019
EP10: Taking the Remote Work Red Pill with Victoria Haidamus
Victoria talks to us (among many, many other things!) about what top performers come looking for when they consider joining your company; the importance of virtualising small workplace rituals; and how to build and benefit from a company with a network structure, as opposed to flat or hierarchical. (DJ Podcast drinking game: have a drink whenever Luis mispronounces “hierarchical”! Such is life.)
1:19:03
June 26, 2019
EP14: Breaking Cultural Barriers with Marcello Bonatto
Todays’ guest, Marcello Bonatto, leads Re:Coded, a non-profit that helps people from war-torn countries learn the craft of IT and work remotely with Western enterprises, bringing value into their lives and communities. But don’t be fooled into thinking that we’re going all touchy-feely about how remote work is helping to turn the world into a better place. There’s plenty of that, but there’s also some very practical advice about how to invest in your employees education, and how to account for cultural differences when hiring and managing remote workers. As usual, the podcast goes into a lot of different subjects, so start listening and find out what can YOU apply to your business, today.
54:02
June 26, 2019
EP15: Lists and Growing Organically with Doist’s Gonçalo Silva
Todays’ guest is Gonçalo Silva, CTO of Doist. Obviously, we dig into the importance of checklists and process in managing remote teams, but we also talk about a lot of other things, including, but not limited to: how to test potential employees for remote skills; what are some good ways to document decisions in a way to have a single source of truth; and what an 80-year-old book can still teach us about management, even when it comes to the Future of Work.
1:04:16
June 26, 2019
EP16: Simple (Remote) Leadership with Christian McCarrick
Todays’ guest is Christian McCarrick, VP of Engineering at Auth0 and host of the SimpleLeadership Podcast. Christian has been a technology leader for almost two decades, and through his Simple Leadership Podcast, has learned from dozens of the best in the industry.  We dive into topics as varied as how to make sure to hear the opinions of introverts in your team, how to write like a leader and beat the Slack “rumour mill,” what’s the difference between brainstorming for discussion and brainstorming for decision, and much more!
57:45
June 26, 2019
EP17: How to Work Together Anywhere with Lisette Sutherland
Today’s guest is Lisette Sutherland, remote work advocate extraordinaire and the driving force behind Collaboration Superpowers. Lisette’s superpower is the ability to give multiple options to tackle the most grievous of remote work challenges, and she has compiled them all on her excellent book – “Work Together Anywhere.” Our conversation with Lisette goes from hiring to onboarding to how to get experience in the remote work arena, even veering at times into the weird and wonderful world of video-gaming and virtual reality. All of this with her book as the background.
48:06
June 26, 2019
EP18: The Remote Manager’s Manual with Katie Womersley
Today’s guest is Katie Womersley, a champion of remote work from Buffer, where she works as VP of Engineering. Her writing about management and tech leadership has been featured in The Next Web, Inc Magazine and Fast Company, to name but a few. Over the course of our conversation, Katie lays out a masterclass in leadership and management, touching subjects as diverse as: dealing with workplace conflicts, knowing when to delegate and when to educate, how to protect your team from bullies up and down the chain of command,  and how to to focus on deep work while still communicating as much as possible with your team.
55:11
June 26, 2019
EP19: Running Metrics-Driven Remote Teams with Liam Martin
Today’s guest is Liam Martin, the co-founder and CMO of TimeDoctor.com, Staff.com and co-organizer of RunningRemote.com – the largest conference on building remote teams. After working with remote employees for over 10 years, Liam regularly speaks about how to build and manage top-performing, metric-driven remote teams. In this episode, we talk with Liam about a broad variety of topics. He lays out how focusing on metrics is a boon for productivity, and shares his thoughts on how to measure creativity and stay disciplined as an idea person. But for the aspiring leaders out there, it will also be of great interest to learn how he goes about building peer groups online, and why it’s a bad idea to pay for masterminds – at least initially.
54:07
June 26, 2019
E20: Learning and Leading Remote with Tammy Bjelland
In today’s ever-changing business world, only those who learn are able to thrive. Doubly so when it comes to building and leading remote teams - everyone is still figuring out how to do it! Enter Tammy Bjelland, serial founder of remote companies and expert in the art of learning. Today’s guest is Tammy Bjelland, the founder and president of Learning in Bloom ,a learning solutions company that specializes in instructional design and a task-based approach to talent and expertise development. She is also the founder of workplaceless , where she provides resources to individuals who want to advance their careers while working remotely, and to organizations that want to build and grow productive, engaged distributed workforces. This episode sees us talk with Tammy about what it means to decide on working remotely as a career choice, not a lifestyle choice; what are some practical ways to act as a transparent leader while getting the pulse of your distributed organisation; and what the leaders of today need to know in order to be always making the best use of the learning material out there.
54:53
June 24, 2019
E21: Fighting Isolation and Working Better with Rose Barrett
Rose Barrett is the owner of Folio Digital(https://foliodigital.eu) and a co-founder of Grow Remote (https://growremote.ie) – the people behind Ireland’s first remote work conference, and devoted to helping remote workers from all the world connect and grow together. In this episode, we talk about what businesses can do to make remote employees feel secure in their jobs; the benefits of building a remote peer group and why bosses should incentivise their employees to be part of one; how the key to building value is to focus on helping others develop, and much more.
54:38
June 24, 2019
E22: Busting Remote Agile Myths with Molood Noori
Welcome to the DistantJob Podcast, a show where we interview the most successful remote leaders, picking their brains on how to build and lead remote teams who win. Molood Noori is the founder and owner of Remote Forever (https://remoteforever.com), and is behind the organisation of the worlds first fully web-based Agile Remote summit, the Remote Forever Summit (https://remoteforeversummit.com). She’s also a certified scrum master and has worked as an agile coach with clients all over the world. In this episode, we dive deep into a conversation about why Agile practitioners have been historically reluctant to embrace remote work; what are the problems of trying to replicate the real world office and its way of working in the digital real; and in what way scrum can be like an old Ericsson phone if you’re not mindful of the real purpose of using frameworks. There’s something here for anyone wanting to embrace the ethos of adapting to change by thinking differently.
1:16:11
June 24, 2019
E23: Clean Language as a Remote Game-Changer with Judy Rees
Judy Rees, our guest today, has helped dozens of trainers, coaches, and facilitators through live online training. As a news editor and a media executive, she has extensive experience managing large remote teams. She is the co-author of Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors And Opening Minds, and a regular keynote speaker at Agile and other events around the world. In this episode, we talk about the power of clean language and how it can provide us with the tools and frameworks to develop a deeper relationship with (and better understanding of) our teams. Judy provides the listeners with specific techniques for giving and receiving feedback (actual useful, step-by-step ones, not your usual management blog post snake-oil) and engaging in deep communication with the people working with you. We also discuss topics such as the challenges of video communication, cultural norms, and degrees of separation, as well as some strategies on how to build psychological safety in the team.
1:10:50
June 24, 2019
E24: Thinking Remote with Pilar Orti
Is it possible to have your team members work visibly and still respect their own individual processes? Pilar Orti says “yes” - but only if you are willing to have some hard conversations - and ask the right questions! Join us for a diverse conversation with the co-author of Thinking Remote, the latest book that should be part of every remote leader’s library. In this episode, we discuss topics such as how the concept of “Visible Teamwork” beats “Working Out Loud,” how to coach incredible employees that are having trouble adapting to the remote work-style, and the value of understanding that no tool was made specifically for you, so you shouldn’t be committed to letting them dictate your processes. And we also ask the taboo question: how can remote work go terribly wrong?
54:35
June 24, 2019
E25: The Future of Video Communication with Peter Lee
Peter Lee is an Agile Coach based in Sydney. He is a prolific writer, sharing his Agile strategies and facilitation philosophy, and is currently hard at work building Video Facilitator, the next generation of video software to use in distributed teams. In this episode, we talk about why he feels that something is missing to allow for true online collaboration, and how Peter believes that Video Facilitator is the missing link that will let us have really effective online meetings. That’s just the beginning though – we then go on to discuss the dangers of siloing and creating filter bubbles in a team, how to build real empathy among distributed employees, and how developing a culture code is the key to reframing and acting upon your company’s values.
48:20
June 24, 2019
E26: From Chaos to Agility with Mark Kilby and Johanna Rothman
Mark Kilby is a seasoned agile coach, and co-founder of several North-American Agile communities. Johanna Rothman is a prolific author, management expert, and teacher of best management practices. Both are experienced software engineers, and by their powers combined, they are the co-authors of the newest book about remote agile: “From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams.” In this episode, we go through their experience with writing the book, and take a long, hard look at the common pitfalls that remote teams face – and where adopting Agile principles might help. We discuss how to promote cross-functionality; how to “sell” management and employees on Agile practices; how to preserve the health and sanity of remote managers; the importance of timezone overlap; and much, much more!
1:04:52
June 24, 2019
E27: Balancing Focus VS Being Social with Sharon Koifman
Sharon Koifman believes every company, from the biggest enterprise to the newly-launched garage startup, should have access to world’s top talent. That’s why he used over 10 years of experience in tech industry recruitment & HR to create DistantJob.  This episode is a free-flowing conversation where Luis and Sharon explore their growth as managers over the past few years, as they expanded DistantJob into a much bigger operation and tried to apply the big lessons they learned from the best leaders in the remote work space – many of whom have been interviewed in this very podcast!
27:16
June 24, 2019
E28: Improving the Health of Hybrid Remote Culture with Oliver Weiss
After devoting a significant portion of his life understanding the financial industry Oliver Weiss pivoted his career into healthcare, which he found to be his calling, by becoming the founder and CEO of MeCasa. MeCasa (https://www.mecasa.de – English version coming soon) aims to provide excellent home care by connecting the best professional caregivers with the people who need them the most, and their families. In this episode, we talk about how Oliver takes an active role in conceiving and creating a healthy company culture. A lot of people mention the importance of culture, but few get into the practical specifics and examples like Oliver does! We talk about communication ( Why complicate? Telegram is enough!), we talk about how remote work provides the opportunity for scaling, we talk about planning and leading bookclub-like workshops with the team. 
51:28
June 21, 2019
E29: Protecting Your Digital Heritage with Emidio do Sacramento
Emídio do Sacramento has one of the most amazing origin stories of any podcast guest, ever, so we’ll leave it to you to find out where he came from – he is currently the founder and CEO of Zebiometrics (https://www.zebiometrics.com), and is working hard to  establish a new paradigm for online security and virtual identity. In this episode, we talk about why Emídio believes remote work was a crucial factor in building the team to bring his vision to life, and why it’s great to be able to tap into different cultures when doing so. We also talk about what the future of online identity looks like and what are some technological advances that you can tap into to be sure that the person on the other side of the screen really is the person you hired.  Emidio also points out that as good as video conversation is, it’s possible to build a world-class product just by text chat, and he tells the story of how that happened for him.
1:13:45
June 21, 2019
E35: Finding the right people for your company with Sharon Koifman
In this episode, we talk about a wide variety of topics with our founder Sharon Koifman, but fundamentally: finding the right people for your team.  Sharon is a big advocate for remote work and one of his core beliefs is that if you treat your team like family, it will pay off in the long run. However, there is one key quality that his team needs to have in order to be able to work remotely.
25:39
June 21, 2019
E34: Hiring and Managing Top Global Talent with Jo Palmer
Welcome to the DistantJob Podcast, a show where we interview the most successful remote leaders, picking their brains on how to build and lead remote teams who win. Jo Palmer is the Founder of Pointer Remote, a platform to connect professionals in Australia who are physically isolated from roles in which they are qualified, or may have held in the past to roles that can be filled remotely. She loves witnessing the amazing things that happen when people are connected to each other. In this episode, we talk about a wide variety of topics, but fundamentally: hiring and managing the best global talent. What does it take to run a global team? What are the challenges? What should we look for when hiring a remote candidate? And, which tools can we use to make our remote team work more efficiently. ———————— Want to continue the conversation with Jo?  LinkedIn: Jo Palmer Twitter: @pointerremote Facebook: Pointer Remote Business: Pointer Remote  (pointerremoteroles.com.au/ ) Book Recommendations: Remote: Office Not Required (by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier) www.amazon.com/Remote-Office-Not-Required/dp/0804137501 ———————— As always, if you enjoy the podcast, we humbly ask that you leave a review on iTunes or your podcast syndication service of choice – and if you could share it, that would be even better! Need that one incredible employee to bolster your team?  Get in touch at  https://distantjob.com/contact/ and we’ll find you who you need.
53:59
June 19, 2019