#024 - TEDx - The Hidden Opportunity in Remote Work

The Future Of Organizations.

👏🏼 Welcome to this week's edition of Refresh. Rethink. The place where your leadership gets a boost.

In March 2021, I had the privilege of speaking at TEDx Kaunas. It was a great experience. The whole preparation and the prelude to the event was a very exciting time for me.

On stage, I shared my thoughts on the hidden opportunities of remote work. Today, I want to bring you a condensed version of that talk.

If you feel like listening to it, here's the whole video.

A shorter version:

Imagine an older man on his deathbed surrounded by his family. His wife asks for his final words, and he replies, "Oh, Darling, I wish I had spent more time in the office."

Wait, What?!

The world went remote overnight, triggering a true work revolution. Remote work isn't just about where we work; it's an opportunity to reimagine how organizations function and how we lead teams.

There are three things that remote work injects into organizations.

The first one is trust:


Trust is the foundation of remote work. When the world went remote, we expected trust to increase, but 79% of remote workers reported some level of micromanagement.

Micromanagement kills psychological safety and leads to unhappiness and lower performance.

Trust, on the other hand, has real business value. High-trust organizations have a 286% higher return to shareholders. We have an opportunity here to bring real trust into remote organizations.

Then there's purpose:


In remote work, feeling disconnected from the team and the bigger picture is easy. That's where purpose comes in.

A staggering 83% of employees want a deeper meaning in their work, and purpose-driven companies outperform others by 42%.

As a Leader, you want to provide a clear purpose to engage the remote workforce and achieve outstanding results.

Thirdly we look at strengths!


Working within our strengths is essential for motivation and engagement, especially in a remote setting.

Knowing our intrinsic strengths and those of our colleagues enables us to create powerful coaching relationships.

Gallup's survey found that 93% of those with coaching relationships emphasizing strengths were highly engaged. Embracing our strengths leads to happier, more productive teams.

Remote work is not just a consequence of a virus; it's an opportunity to redefine work.

And I'm well aware that not all companies are made to be remote companies.

But, by cultivating trust, infusing purpose, and leveraging strengths, we can create a new work culture that is fulfilling, meaningful, and impactful.

Let's embrace this revolution and unlock the hidden potential of remote work, together shaping a brighter future for all.

What’s your take on remote work?


Everybody loves my new shirt


One of my clients Robin Jobs had 5 physical offices over Europe. After we implemented the REMODE framework, they found their way to close all offices and went full remote while tripling the team in 18 months.

Want to learn more? Reply “ REMOTE” to this email.