“As I settled back into my car with nothing to do, it hit me—this was my first official stakeout! I’d seen them on TV but underestimated the complexity. Based on the awkward glances from passersby, I was clearly lacking the skills to look inconspicuous. Pretend phone calls and searching for imaginary objects in my car clearly wasn’t cutting it.”
– Jeff L.
So begins the modern-day, business-world saga, Office Optional: How to Build a Connected Culture with Virtual Teams, by Larry English, President of Centric Consulting. While stakeouts may not fall under the umbrella of standard company procedure, the book kicks off with this delightful antecedent, as it addresses a primary concern among employers regarding remote workforces: employees won’t actually work when they work from home. And then it goes on to share the 20+ years of wisdom gained from this longtime pro. #legit Once I finished this timely and surprisingly amusing read, I sat down for a conversation with this remote workforce guru (remotely, as it only seemed right), so he could continue dishing out all the goods on leading a remote team. Y’all ready for this?