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Finding Your Rhythm as a Distributed Team

How do you build a healthy rhythm with your team when there's no lunch table to banter over?

Today’s social units are no longer limited by geography. Instead, we’re able to form communities based on shared principles and mission. We find the best, most talented people around, and as long as they share our values and do great work, we don’t care if they live in Duluth, Dakar, or Dublin. They form our Modern Tribe.

That means our team, at last count 115 strong, is spread far and wide, working from cafes, living rooms, co-working spaces, and porches across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. I personally live in the Canary Islands, off the coast of West Africa. 

So how does a team like this create its highest and best work when we’re all over the place? Actually, it works rather well. You just have to find your groove. 

At the Remote Future Summit, I spoke about to more than 3,000 attendees about how to do just that. In my talk, which you can watch below, I shared some of the ways Modern Tribe has overcome the challenges and embraced the rewards of being—and, in my case, leading—a distributed team. 

It all comes down to predictability and consistency, and their very important by-product: trust. If your team has trust, plus some solid systems in place, you can make remote work truly work

And gathering everyone in the same place every now and then? That helps, too. 

Watch my talk from the 2019 Remote Future Summit