WHERE YOUR TEAM IS
DOESN’T MATTER ANYMORE.
What matters is that you learn how to build teams and culture from anywhere in the world.
Welcome to Team Anywhere.
The podcast where we invite experts to teach you how to lead a team from anywhere.
Why You Should Listen
YOU HAVE A REMOTE TEAM
Learn how leaders are building teams and cultures where the majority of the workers are dispersed throughout the city, state, country, or world.
YOU WANT A REMOTE TEAM STRATEGY
Hear recommendations for you to consider when creating a strategy for building and strengthening your own remote team.
YOU WANT TO STRENGTHEN RELATIONSHIPS ON YOUR TEAM
Learn how these leaders foster engagement through trust, authenticity, and a sense of community.
YOU WANT TO KEEP UP WITH CHANGE
Uncover the the new skills and practices that leaders must take on to connect, inspire, and transform their teams to compete in the new dispersed global economy.
YOU WANT TO HEAR FROM EXPERTS
Listen to experts who have discovered secrets in every major industry from cybersecurity to real estate and HR as they’ve successfully launched and led dispursed teams.
DISCOVER IMPORTANT CONVERSATIONS
Discover the important leadership conversations you should be having with your team as a whole, and one-on-one to lead a successful remote team.
ABOUT THE HOSTS
We are two seasoned consultants—one on the west coast and one on the east—who discovered we have the same belief in the power of healthy organizational cultures and cohesive teams.
While exploring how leadership, management, and teams are morphing because of technology and working “from anywhere,” our paths crossed as we were helping companies successfully function across great distances.
Mitch Simon is the CEO and founder of the Simon Leadership Aliiance. Mitch is a Forbes Coach, and executive coach who specializes in building high performance teams.
His leadership program has put his company on the San Diego Business Journal’s Book of Lists for Top Executive Training Companies for seven consecutive years. Mitch held an exeuctive position at Nokia, has a J.D. MBA and helps build amazing teams inside companies like Cushman and Wakefield, JLL, GreatCall, ISEC and many more.
Dr. Virginia Bianco-Mathis is Director, HRM and OD Programs, in the School of Business and Technology where she teaches courses in the HRM, OD, and MBA programs. Dr. Bianco-Mathis received degrees from Johns Hopkins University and The George Washington University.
She has undergraduate degrees in English and Education and a doctorate in Human and Organizational Development. Prior to coming to Marymount University, she held executive positions at AT&T, Lockheed Martin, and the Artery Organization.
“Many leaders struggle with fostering rich cultures and teams even when everyone is on the same floor, let alone dispersed.”
We began to study the literature and talk to expert leaders. We zoomed and brainstormed and scribbled notes. We have a hypothesis. A theory. And a structure.
So, we started contemplating the following questions like:
HOW DO YOU BUILD REMOTE TEAM CULTURE?
How do you maintain a culture of openness and trust when half of your team is at “headquarters” and the other half is dispersed around the world?
WHAT IS EFFECTIVE REMOTE COMMUNICATION?
Which dialogue techniques, communication skills, and mindsets demonstrate camaraderie, team spirit, personal fulfillment, independence AND mutual support over thousands of miles?
HOW DO YOU BUILD REMOTE TEAM INFRASTRUCTURE?
What kind of infrastructures are needed to foster accountability and results when the team is only able to get together twice a year?
WHAT REMOTE LEADERSHIP SKILLS ARE IN DEMAND?
How does a leader—whether a CEO, project manager, supervisor, director—develop his/her inner core to embrace vulnerability, authenticity, and empathy while also moving towards profitability?
HOW DO YOU HIRE AND RETAIN REMOTE TALENT?
What kind of person makes the “best” remote worker?
HOW DO YOU CREATE REMOTE ENGAGEMENT?
How do all kinds of leaders learn, practice, and embody the essence of being “virtual culture czars” as they engage workers across miles?
We believe that the essence of any organization is a basic culture of openness and trust. We know that not all organizations ever achieve this, even though all statistical studies prove that such cultures lead to engaged workers, increased productivity, and bottom-line success.
From here, we realize that each organization needs to set its own identity within that culture—the individual quirks, beliefs, processes, and structures that make a Google different from a Zappos—and to identify needs to be weaved throughout the entire organizational system.
Finally, we believe the final layer is a leader who exhibits behaviors that exude clarity, authenticity, acknowledgement, vulnerability, empathy, personal awareness, and emotional intelligence.
As we drill down to a framework that leaders and managers can learn and practice within their “team anywhere,” we also see three master layers of competencies:
Within these competencies are exciting roles that help build masterful remote cultures: Coordinator, Meeting Master, Dialogue Instigator, Passion Generator, Appreciation Guru, Measurement Director, and many more.