For most of my career, working inside of corporations, I was not co-located with my team. At one point, my boss was in LA, I was in Virginia and the people I supervised were literally all around the country. During those years, I learned a lot about how to create high performing virtual teams. It stretched my skills beyond managing the work effort to finding new and creative ways to build relationships and create a web of strength among all of the team members.
Sue had worked for her client as a full-time consultant for nearly 10 years and for the most part she was happy. She was doing interesting work with people she liked and didn’t have a lot to complain about most days. Even when a new leadership team was brought in and she was feeling the pinch of their new direction, she continued to be focused on doing good work up until the day she was fired.
Imagine that a really awesome houseguest comes for a visit. They hang out with you and your family, help clear the table after dinner and sleep down the hall. They love it at your house so much, they stay up late, day after day, choosing time with you instead of sleep or going home to be with their own family. They’re really happy in your house and you like them too, for a houseguest.