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The world of work is changing. Our attitudes to work are changing. The 21st Century Work Life podcast looks at different ways of earning a living, of using technology at work and of managing teams. If you're working in a conventional office, if you're part of a virtual team or if you just want to find out how our attitudes to work keep evolving, join Pilar Orti and guests every week. And if you're working in a virtual team or are a remote worker, pop in every other week for virtual coffee wi ...
 
My Pocket Psych is all about the psychology of the workplace. Each episode, we'll examine the world of work and explore a topic through the lens of psychology. We'll aim to give listeners tips to help improve their experience of work - moving from surviving to thriving! My Pocket Psych is brought to you by WorkLifePsych Ltd and hosted by Dr. Richard MacKinnon and Pilar Orti.
 
Improve your management and leadership practice over a cup of coffee and get a book recommendation too. The role of the manager is evolving as technology helps us to self-organise and take more control of how and where we work from. In this podcast, Pilar Orti from Virtual not Distant, dissects modern management practice, not just for official managers, but for team members who want to make things happen too.
 
Craig and Pilar were curious about what was going on with podcasting in Spain. So they've set up a podcast to give them an excuse to talk to podcasters in Spain. In the first part of the show, we interview podcasters in Spanish. During the second part, we talk in English about what we have learned. Craig y Pilar no tenían ni idea de qué estaba pasando en el mundo del podcasting en España. Así que han lanzado un podcast para entrevistar a podcasters en España. La primera parte de los episodio ...
 
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Welcome to episode 73, where Richard is joined by Dr. Rachael Skews to discuss the impact of Impostor Syndrome and how it can be addressed in the coaching context. Specifically, they look at Impostor Syndrome through the lens of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Theory) sharing their own experiences and reflections on what works when it comes to this …
 
Welcome to episode 250 - a nice milestone to celebrate, so we even altered our usual running order to make this round number an occasion for Pilar and Maya to record together, and discuss what’s going on in the world of remote work right now in October 2020, brought to you by Virtual Not Distant Ltd in London. Don’t forget you can receive our valua…
 
Welcome to episode 72, where Richard and Pilar explore some of the ways working at home can contribute to our experience of 'Impostor Syndrome'. This is the irrational and powerful sense that we don't deserve our successes, our jobs, our rewards. A way of thinking that can be exhausting and destructive, preventing us from deriving satisfaction from…
 
Virtual not Distant Ltd brings you a fascinating episode today, exploring the role of employers in the future of work, and how remote work fits in to this - with two very different interviews and points of view. Firstly, on the 8th October we have a webinar about sustainable asynchronous communications, in association with regular podcast guest Ric…
 
WLP248 Emotional Intelligence in Remote Teams Today's episode explores the fascinating subject of emotional intelligence in remote teams, and is brought to you by Virtual Not Distant Ltd - with the help of Rowena Hennigan, and Sandra Thompson, from Rise in Emotiona Intelligence ( also on LinkedIn) timestamps: 7.30 Emotional intelligence defined 18.…
 
Hello and welcome to episode 71 of My Pocket Psych, the podcast all about the psychology of the workplace. Six months after lockdown hit the UK in any meaningful way, the push is on to get people back into the physical workplace. In this episode, we look at why this return to the office might be a source of anxiety for some employees and why some o…
 
In this episode, Richard interviews Sir Cary Cooper CBE about the 'micro-frustrations' those of us working at home can face. Pilar is back, calling in from Spain, and she and Richard discuss the importance of a healthy home-working set-up and the diversity of home-working experiences. Technology, communication, physical work set-up and distractions…
 
Welcome to our monthly What’s Going On round-up, brought to you by Virtual Not Distant Ltd. Today we discuss tech, the future of the office, the future of life and housing and work life balance, and an upcoming event. 3.29 Tech AI-Driven Accountability, https://tldv.io/ “too long, didn’t view”, 12.20 The future of the office UK office demand 'shift…
 
Today’s episode from London-based consultancy Virtual Not Distant is about asynchronous communication - for more on this subject check out episode 234, and also this podcast from My Pocket Psych - because being able to communicate flexibly across time and space without snagging people up in endless calls is so critical to successful online collabor…
 
In this episode, Richard is once again flying solo, looking at the topic of life after coaching ends. It's crucial that coach and coachee are clear on the finite nature of the coaching relationship and that the coach does what they can to reduce the chance of dependency on coaching. Richard explores what that can look like and what kinds of skills …
 
Welcome back! This episode is the second in our three-part series looking at maximising your coaching experience. Last time, we covered the essential factors that make coaching what it is, so you might want to listen to that episode firstif you haven’t already. What I wanted to underline this time round is that coaching requires a real investment o…
 
WLP245 What We Can All Learn from What's Going On Brought to you by Virtual Not Distant Ltd: There’s a massive scam hiding behind Google’s search results - here’s an interesting story, proving perhaps that human ingenuity still beats out the algorithms, Meanwhile, big corporations have their eyes on a flexible future, and we’re seeing new practice …
 
This podcast is brought to you by Virtual Not Distant in London; please check out https://www.virtualnotdistant.com/podcasts/questions-education-perception for full shownotes and detailed information. In today’s episode we bringing you two interesting guests dig in to some of the big questions about remote work and the future of work. 03:51 Robert …
 
In this episode, we turn our attention to coaching. Perhaps you've thought about working with a coach, or you're considering introducing it to your organisation. Either way, this episode is a great place to start. Richard and Pilar outline what to expect from a coaching experience, covering the practicalities and explaining how it differs from othe…
 
Another solo show from Virtual Not Distant Managing Director Pilar Orti, completing an unofficial miniseries around the concept of visible teamwork. Please see full shownotes for this and all our podcast episodes at https://www.virtualnotdistant.com/podcasts. Visible teamwork is a set of practices which include using technology to make our work and…
 
Welcome to our regular news round-up episode, that has become a monthly feature in the light of such fast-moving change in the world of remote work. In these episodes, Pilar and Maya discuss a selection of recent news items, announcements, and publications, which reflect the way issues and policies are unfolding. This conversation was recorded on 3…
 
Welcome to episode 66, where we discuss the concept - and relevance - of 'asynchronous working', something that so many people will need to adapt to in the coming months. Pilar outlines what it means when work is asynchronous and what's really important to bear in mind when we're not 'at work' at the same time. Please do get in touch with your ques…
 
In today's episode, we look at the link between trust and visible teamwork. She covers: -Propensity to trust -What makes up trust -The difference between cognitive and affective trust (and why building trust is not just done through social interactions) -Do we need trust in remote teams? - Can visible teamwork damage trust? For more detailed show n…
 
Welcome to episode 65, which is all about employee wellbeing - with a focus on a phased return to the workplace. We have questions for employers, as well as a special guest in the form of Dr. Kevin Teoh, occupational psychologist and wellbeing expert. Resources mentioned in this episode: Our 'Bite-sized Learning' training: https://www.worklifepsych…
 
This show is brought to you by Virtual Not Distant in London, helping teams with remote transformation and transition, In today's episode we have two excellent interviews on the theme of economic development and social change, being the bigger picture of remote work and its community impact - do check out full shownotes at https://www.virtualnotdis…
 
Pilar has been working on how the way in which are tasks are dependent on other team members’ affects the visible teamwork practices we adopt - and why. This episode is brought to you by Virtual not Distant. Thanks go to Theresa Sigillito Hollema from www.interact-global.net for the inspiration - and she now has her book Virtual Teams Across Cultur…
 
In this episode, we look at what a psychologist can do when working under lockdown. Richard and Pilar discuss the kind of work that's still possible to do remotely, as well as some of the challenges working over video can bring. We've also got some great listener feedback and Richard gets to share his technology woes. Resources mentioned Episode 06…
 
This podcast is brought to you by Virtual Not Distant Ltd, please see the full show notes over on our website. What’s Going On We're reading and discussing: Covid-19 Just Accelerated What Was Already Happening [Long Read] Five workplace trends will shape life after lockdown Mapping “The Future of Work” Startup & Investor ecosystem. Bill of Rights f…
 
With the sudden “rush to remote”, many teams and managers have sought training in working remotely - however, sometimes taking a different first step towards adapting to the new environment can be more beneficial to your team, in the current situation, and with a view to the future. In this episode, we give you an overview of four different types o…
 
This podcast is brought to you by Virtual Not Distant, a London-based consultancy where we help teams transition to remote working, and operate happily and productively in that environment. Today we explore hiring remotely, and to do that we are joined by Jo Palmer from Pointer Remote Roles (04.33) to help us understand the unique perspective of th…
 
In this episode Richard and Pilar discuss how they hope working life will develop on the other side of this pandemic. We've both seen some positive changes that we hope to see stick around, but also some working practices and attitudes that we'd like to see the back of! We'd love to hear from our listeners on this topic. What changes to your workin…
 
Welcome to the final part of our ‘connection and disconnection’ series with ShieldGEO, brought to you by Virtual Not Distant. Today we look back at these episodes and what we’ve learned from them, during an unexpectedly transitional time for the remote work space. For today we share a round-table discussion, featuring Pilar and Maya from Virtual No…
 
This show is brought to you by Virtual Not Distant, a London-based consultancy offering support to remote teams worldwide. Please see https://www.virtualnotdistant.com/podcasts/flexible-communication for full show notes What’s Going On (this topical segment was recorded on 6th May 2020) A recent article from Workplacesless What Happens to HR When E…
 
In this episode, we're joined by Dr. Antonia Dietmann, to discuss the value of social chats in the workplace. Antonia outlines her own doctoral research on the topic, illustrating the value such simple conversations bring to trust and team effectiveness. In the present context, we'd suggest that conversations within teams are more important than ev…
 
This podcast is brought to you by Virtual Not Distant Ltd, a London-based consultancy helping teams transition to happy and productive office-optional working. In the 6th episode of this special “connection and disconnection in remote teams” series in association with ShieldGEO, we explore what we can do individually, to strengthen feelings of conn…
 
An organisational change is the perfect time to give employees the option to work remotely. In this episode, our two guests talk about the challenges of introducing remote work in an organisation, as well as introducing a new digital collaboration ecosystem. For more detailed show notes and to get in touch, head over to www.virtualnotdistant.com/po…
 
In this episode, Richard and Pilar explore the experience of anxious thoughts and feelings, something nearly everyone can identify with. With our minds constantly giving us inner experiences we're not too keen on, especially in the present context, the way we deal with these thoughts and feelings is important. Remember, you can send us your questio…
 
This podcast is brought to you by Virtual Not Distant Ltd, a London-based consultancy helping teams transition to happy and productive office-optional working. Today we return to our special series in association with ShieldGEO on connection and disconnection in remote teams, and into this 5th episode we explore the role of the manager or employer …
 
Brought to you by Virtual Not Distant, where we help managers and teams transition to an office-optional approach. For full show notes please see https://www.virtualnotdistant.com/podcasts/learning-and-sharing What’s Going On This topical segment was recorded on April 6th 2020 Maya experienced a meeting that was ‘Zoom-bombed’ - one of those new wor…
 
In this 60th episode, Richard is joined by Dr. Annie Gascoyne, who explains the concept of 'organisational flexibility', the topic of her PhD research. A neat parallel to psychological flexibility, it provides a framework for organisations to better deal with challenges. Note: this interview was recorded well in advance of the Coronavirus pandemic,…
 
When we think of "collaboration", we often think: "meetings!". But there is much more to collaboration than meeting up - and moving to a remote setup, often involves adopting asynchronous communication. This episode will guide you some different ways of staying in touch with each other - and if you need to run online meetings, well, we've got the b…
 
Given the present Coronavirus pandemic, we have another special episode of the podcast, this time looking at resilience. Richard and Pilar explore resilience for individuals working from home and for organisational leaders, looking at what's required of each to keep going in this difficult context. We hope that all our listeners are keeping well du…
 
To counterpoint the wave of content to support people new to working from home, here at Virtual Not Distant we wanted to take time to reflect on the current state of knowledge work in the age of corona and the way things have changed already, and might continue to change in the future. (If you are new to this and looking for support in suddenly wor…
 
Welcome back to our special series in association with ShieldGEO on connection and disconnection in remote teams, which is receiving fascinating feedback. Today we examine the critical question of whose responsibility is it, to maintain connection and ensure people don’t drift and become demotivated? Please see full shownotes at: https://www.virtua…
 
Welcome to this special episode all about working from home during this global health crisis. The Coronavirus represents an unprecedented challenge to how we live our lives, so Richard and Pilar look at both the wider context and some tips for successfully navigating working at home with others - all while managing life's other roles. We hope that …
 
In today's episode, we cover the concepts of Visible Teamwork, essential to working as a remote team, after Maya and Pilar talk about what's going on; and feedback from listeners. For full show notes, visit https://www.virtualnotdistant.com/podcasts/technostress-and-visible-teamwork 03.10 mins What’s going on… Coronavirus is going on 15.10mins In N…
 
Welcome to the final episode in our series on Psychological Flexibility in action. This time, Richard and Pilar look at the relevance of our self-concept, the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves and the benefits of viewing ourselves flexibly. You can find out more about Psychological Flexibility and listen to all the previous episodes via our…
 
This podcast is brought to you by Virtual Not Distant, helping businesses transition to successful remote working. Today we interview 6.07 Caitlin McDonald Dr Caitlin McDonald is a digital anthropologist at the Leading Edge Forum, an organisation which works with senior leaders to help them reconsider decisions and outcomes, through research, event…
 
A short impromptu conversation between Pilar and guest Jacqui Walpole, on some of the issues knowledge workers might face from suddenly having to work from home. You can connect with today's guest over on https://twitter.com/JacquiWalpole and https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacquiwalpole/ For help to make your online collaboration work, and lead your t…
 
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