Welcome to Issue 15 of the Manager TLDR – the best in management, carefully curated by Fellow.app

This week, we’re sharing strategies to keep your remote team motivated, build a positive culture, and develop an agile mindset during a crisis. 

🌟 9 Expert tips to build a thriving remote culture

TLDR: One thing that remote companies learn very quickly is that culture is about more than ping-pong tables and office snacks. Great cultures are built around a strong mission and values that unite your team. Here are some expert tips on how to foster a thriving remote culture:

  • Communicate your values and reward employees for exemplifying them.
  • Create psychological safety by acknowledging your mistakes as a leader.
  • Break down communication silos by sharing information in public channels.

💪 7 best practices to keep your team engaged from afar

TLDR: We compiled a list of strategies that have helped leaders at companies such as DriftWebflow, and Gitlab keep their teams aligned and motivated during this crisis. Here are some of their tips:

  • Establish weekly rituals to ensure everyone’s working towards the same goal.
  • Video is a great way to communicate emotion. Use it as much as possible.
  • Avoid meeting overload. Keep your standups under 20 minutes and limit large team calls to 1-2 per week. 

🏡 Collected tips on working from home during lockdown – Julie Zhuo

TLDR: About half of the world (nearly 4 billion people) is in lockdown. That’s a mind-boggling number. We’re all scrambling to learn and adapt. In that vein, here are some things to remember during this period:

  • This is not the time to come across as a “hard-ass” boss. Be empathetic and always assume best intent. 
  • Video calls seem to sap more energy than in-person meetings. Take a look at your calendar and cancel meetings that could be emails.
  • Make small daily commitments, such as checking the news only once a day.

⌛️ Perfectionism will slow you down in a crisis – Harvard Business Review

TLDR: Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director at the World Health Organization, has been at the front lines of several global health threats. On managing through a crisis, he says: “If you need to be right before you move, you will lose”. Follow these 3 steps to adopt an agile mindset:

  • Decrease distractibility: Divide up your work into small sprints and take breaks in between.
  • Leave your ego aside: Ask openly for perspectives, feedback, and support.
  • Practice compassion: Ask yourself, “How can I be of benefit to my teammates?”.

Remote Meeting Template

Last but not least, here’s a video we recorded for you this week! It walks you through an agenda template that will help you run more effective remote team meetings:

And that’s it for this week!

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