Practically Remote: Introduction

Written by Dom Kirby

Former MSP Owner, CyberSec Practitioner, Modern Work Pro, Evangelist, Husband & Father

December 17, 2023

We’re coming up on 2024, innovation is upon us. Technology enables us to truly make work a thing we do, and not a place we go. Despite the fact that secure and productive remote work is ridiculously easy nowadays, there are still certain folks among us who think that five office day a week is an important trait.

In the spirit of getting more content out in 2024, I thought I would start a new series: Practically Remote. This will be a series of content pieces I’ll publish over the next little bit to talk through different benefits, myths, etc. about remote work. We’ll also address some of the practicalities of building a remote team.

Here are the topics I’ve thought up so far:

Company/Leadership Dynamics

This might be a bit of a bold take. But I think that a lot of companies are simply scared of remote work. Not because leaders have a weird phobia, but because leadership doesn’t have actionable systems to track work and measure outcomes. The book “Remote” by the founders of 37Signals calls this “managing chairs.” Confident leaders with mature work management practices wouldn’t have this issue. I’ll also touch on the importance of implementing a standardized management system at your company, remote or not.

Remote Cybersecurity

I mean, c’mon. You knew I was gonna cover this topic. We’ll talk through some remote working basics for cybersecurity. Spoiler alert: They look a lot like most of the modern practices we preach, including frameworks!

Remote Productivity

It is impossible to claim nowadays that the technology to remotely manage work isn’t accessible. It’s a stupid excuse. There are a myriad of tools available that power both synchronous and asynchronous remote work. We’ll talk through techniques and tools I’ve used and seen others use at both leadership and individual contributor levels.

Remote Culture

I love this one, and I’ve written about it before. I’ll dive in to what culture means for me, and what it should mean for other leaders.

What else?

These are the items I’ve thought of so far, and the list may expand. But, what would you like to hear about in terms of remote work, or what’s stopping you? Reach out to me on LinkedIn with topic ideas, or if you’d like to collaborate on one of these topics!

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