6 Ways to Create a Culture of Innovation in a Virtual World 💡

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.

In his piece for Inc. Magazine, Soren Kaplan lays out 6 things you can do to get more innovation from your remote team in today’s virtual world.

Here were a few of my favorite points:

💻  Think of problems as the basis for new ideas. Seek out what items are giving your employees trouble and make it a point to work with them to solve them.

💻  Working remotely can be lonely. Pair employees up virtually, when possible, to tackle problems and stir innovation.

💻  I’m a big fan of this one – Celebrate WINS to create a winning team. Recognize employee achievements and provide a forum to share the good work your employees have been doing.

“If you want to go fast, GO ALONE. If you want to go far, GO TOGETHER.”

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.”

This Week’s ‘Favorite 5’ is: 🎥Cybersecurity Podcasts

I love sharing some of my ‘Favorite 5’ groups each week –

Here is this week’s list of my favorite Cybersecurity Podcasts:

🛡️ “The CyberWire Podcast” by Dave Bittner.
🛡️ “Defense in Depth” by Allan Alford and David Spark.
🛡️ “Darknet Diaries” by Jack Rhysider.
🛡️ “Brakeing Down Security” by Bryan Brake, Amanda Berlin, & Brian Boettcher.
🛡️ “Open Source Security” by Josh Bressers and Kurt Seifried.

What are some of your favorite cybersecurity podcasts

“There is no cloud… it’s just someone else’s computer.”

One of the biggest misconceptions is that the cloud is something magical

…and by the nature of thinking that “It’s In the Cloud,” assumptions are made that data in the cloud is inherently secure.

Nothing could be further from the truth and unfortunately that type of thinking results in people dropping their guard.

The cloud is just another computer or server that processes your data.

That environment needs to be secured in the same manner and same intensity as you secure the data and servers within your own data center or controlled environment.

Streamline Your Thinking to Take Grand Ideas🌟 & Bring Them Down to Earth🌎- with Adam Gordon

One of the biggest issues we have in security/networking – given all of the software, technology, and devices… is Complexity.

In my conversation with Adam Gordon, Edutainer & SME at ITProTV, we discussed how leaders can avoid getting sucked into the tactics of complexity and how to successfully navigate it.

Adam shares 3 ways to address any situation to streamline your thinking:

💭 Strategically – Try to remove yourself from the moment and really think more broadly about the choices, the decisions, the opportunities that you may address and the best path to get there.

💭 Operationally – Really think about how you can take these grand ideas that strategy provides us with and bring them down to earth – the 25,000 foot versus 50,000 foot level view.

💭 Tactically – Think ground level. It’s the execution of the strategy with the guidance of the operational thoughts that have helped us to narrow and ultimately focus our activities.

Adam says when all 3 come together, that’s really how you solve problems.