The big challenge for leaders managing remote teams is how to affect culture.
When employees are in the office, it is much easier to set tones and establish norms. Move those employees out of the office and into their individual homes, and there are different rules and standards that apply.
Inspiration for leaders can come from the unlikeliest of places. ✈
Philip Campbell, CIO/VP of Information Services at CalvertHealth, describes how a 3-hour layover in Johannesburg, South Africa, had a lifelong leadership impact.
While wheelchair-bound recovering from ankle surgery, Philip recalls being in the Johannesburg airport in front of a 30-foot mural with the words, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
With ample time to digest this quote, Philip internalized its message and its applications for leaders.
Philip says, “As a leader sometimes you have to go fast…and, you will not always have the luxury of going together on projects. You have to be prepared to go alone and you need to know when that’s possible – and you need to understand how far you can go alone before you’re going to need everyone else.”