Most likely the workplace you will return to will be much different than the one you left a year ago. Neil Miller shares his insights for rethinking company culture in a digital workplace.
As the host of The Digital Workplace Podcast, he interviews executives and thought leaders about how to transform the workplace for the better. I also had the opportunity to share my thoughts on his show recently.
This past fall he hosted a 24-Hour Tweetathon and invited me to participate on a panel about the future of work. I had such a blast with my fellow panelists, I invited them all to come on our show to talk about how work changed in 2020 in episode 355.
You can learn more about upcoming events Neil is hosting at TheDigitalWorkplace.
Lot of great lessons in our conversation including:
- How he ended up working for himself while living in India.
- The difference between building culture in-person versus online.
- How he’s building his business by organizing conversations.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Build community.
How Neil Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: 5:00 am
- Core work habit: Keeping the big picture in mind.
- Ideal work environment: In the mornings, often standing, and knowing that he could move his desk other places if he wants to.
- Superpower: Arranging things.
- Regains focus by: Taking a walk, getting a quick workout in, or sometimes grabbing a snack.
“There are a lot of things that we got for free from offices and from just being next to each other. You just throw 20 people and four walls up and culture just happens.”
“We’re just creating the space to have the conversations.”
“The deeper you get into digital tools, building a digital workplace, the deeper you have to appreciate humanity.”
“The tools we use have been defining the way we work for years and we just haven’t noticed it.”
“There’s always someone you can learn from and you can learn something from everyone.”
Feeling intimidated by outreach? Neil had this advice for not being afraid to reach out to people you don’t know.
1) Think about who you’re reaching out to and try to see the world the way they see it.
2) Be curious and be genuine.
3) No two people are the same so use your experiences and connections to build context as you go.
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