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Got asked by my manager what would be the best practice for track & trace instead of scheduling hangout meetings over & over since everyone is in WFH mode. Do you have first-hand experience to… more

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Marc, how different would you say law firms are from say consulting firms in the way they adjust to remote work culture?

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Thanks for your time Marc - how would you say company cultures can standout for high performance in a remote environment?

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Anyone else having problems maintaining sanity while having their kids fighting with each other in the background of Zoom calls for work? 😑

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How do we convince company leaders that remote work is productive? A lot of them might be on the fence because *they’re* not personally productive. How do we encourage more WFH days when this is over?

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What are some focus techniques aside from Pomodoro that I can use to help stay focused? Feel like 20 mins for me generally is too short but adding more seems daunting

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Any tools to help keep ourselves accountable? Been using a timer/schedule extension on Chrome helps a little.

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I need to read the news to stay informed but it stresses me out, and it’s easy for me to lose an hour at 9am going anxiously down a NYT rabbit hole. This is a big drag on my productivity. Any advice?

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Are there any online tools you use as a to do list?

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I don't have a great work set-up in my small apartment (i.e., no desk, no work chair, headphones, mouse, etc.). What are the top 5 wfh "accessories" you'd recommend on a budget? Than… more

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Sometimes I'm about to take a break from working, but then feel like I should just get a bit more done because there is so much to do and I don't take a break. How do I give myself the time?

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What would you recommend to maintain high levels of motivation for a remote workforce?

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I find myself tethered to my desk much longer when I wfh and am losing work-life balance. How can I politely cut people off to make sure I get my home PT done?

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Do you think the perspective around WFH/Remote Work is going to change in any way once COVID-19 is over?

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How do I detach the idea of "home" from my "work" space? I feel constantly distracted when I'm not in a place I consider an office?

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How’s Zac?

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I find that I have no balance any more in my life. I wake up and start working, and that goes until dinner or bed time. How important are boundaries to high performance?

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I have really top performers who have been pretty mediocre, especially in their attention to detail, since we switched to remote-first. Is this common?

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Hey everyone -- what's the one most positive thing you've learned about yourself over the past two weeks?

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Hey Everyone!! Hope you're all safe and productive this morning! Thanks for signing up for this session.

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How should remote work practices differ by role? For example, CxO-level personnel vs staff do'ers?

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Hi, How do I balance the paradox of colleagues and clients expecting almost immediate response to emails and messages with the best practice of planning and structuring the day's activities?

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I'm so distracted and can't seem to get any work done. How do I plan my day?

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The things are literally changing every day. How should I approach setting up priorities that can be more meaningful and relevant in a such environment for myself and my team?

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I find myself procrastinating much more when working from home. How can I minimize this and be more productive?

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How do I force myself to do something I don't like?

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What's the best way to set up accountability structures with remote teams?

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How did you come up with the idea for 8 steps and decide that it should be a book, rather than say a blog post? I'm interested in writing books myself. Thanks!

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What do you think it takes to be an effective manager and leader in a remote situation? How can I get the most out of my people?

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Forgive me, but doesn't it all just boil down to discipline and routine? I get that it's challenging when suddenly working from home, but isn't that the key?

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What are some companies that you think have great remote work cultures? What makes them stand out?

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How would you summarize your 8 steps? Any in particular that you think are effective in this environment?

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How can I maintain my level of performance in a world where my routine has been totally disrupted?

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