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Season 4: Join co-hosts Tim Burgess and Pilar Orti as they chat about what they've learned through their time leading teams. Season 3: Oh No, My Team's Gone Remote! Seasons 1 and 2: 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 ...
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Brought to you by Virtual not Distant, the 21st Century Work Life podcast looks at leading and managing remote teams, online collaboration and working in distributed organisations. Join Pilar Orti, guests & co-hosts as they shine the spotlight on the most relevant themes and news relevant to the modern knowledge worker.
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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.
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Find out what life is really like in Spain and gain insight into the origin of some popular Spanish phrases. And if you're into podcasting and would like to find out about the podcasting community in Spain, check out our sister podcast En clave de podcast.
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Pilar Orti and Craig Wealand

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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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At Remote Work Life, we spotlight successful location-independent entrepreneurs and established remote work professionals. Our interviews highlight their journeys and growth strategies, and their inspiring stories offer ideas for your entrepreneurial and professional ventures and reveal insights on thriving while working remotely.
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Get the systems, strategies, and support you need to grow a successful podcast and take your show to the next level! Podcasting Sucess Secrets is for anyone who wants to take advantage of the power of podcasting to spread their message, build their platform, or grow their business. We'll talk about all things podcasting: recording, editing, publishing, and promoting -- and share the stories of how other successful podcasts grew their podcast. Hit the subscribe button and leave a rating/revie ...
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I grew up straddling two cultures and this sparked my curiosity for more. In fact, I've spent the majority of my adult life living outside my passport country and loving it. I want to know the nuances of places and people, so that's why I'm having these recorded conversations with folks who live in different places about their experiences. And what grounds them. If you're one of these people, contact me. We should talk.
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The professional landscape is constantly evolving, and for many, the pandemic accelerated this change. Pilar Orti's journey to remote work (which began way before the pandemic) is a testament to adaptability and foresight. As an actress turned remote work innovator and podcasting forerunner, her story is not just fascinating—it's educational. Pilar…
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How do you go from teaching leaders how to lead to hosting a popular podcast about remote work? That’s the fascinating story of Pilar Orti, the founder and host of “21st Century Work Life,” a show that explores the trends and challenges of working in the digital age. Pilar opens up about her diverse and dynamic podcasting journey. Pilar reveals how…
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Battling back pain and slouching over a computer used to be my daily grind until a surprisingly simple piece of tech came into my life. Now, I'm spilling the secrets of how this simple tool has drastically reshaped my work days from a sedentary slog to dynamic productivity and well-being. There are no special guests on this episode, just me, my jou…
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Welcome to remote work life. Ben Sailer, Director of Inbound Marketing at WordPress. talks about how his career trajectory swung from journalism and PR to mastering the art of content marketing and SEO. His early endeavors with WordPress.com set the stage for a vibrant career, including a six-year stint at CoSchedule before arriving at his current …
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Longing for a shift from the grey skies of London I found myself piecing together a list of countries courting the remote worker crowd- for future travel with my family. Georgia was part of that list so I wanted to share with you what I’ve discovered so far with a view to comparing different destinations in future episodes. Our latest conversation …
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In this episode, Barbara Mutedzi describes conscious leadership and its role in transitioning to remote work, with particular reference to her work in Zimbabwe. Throughout the episode, Barbara advocates for the need for leaders to embrace self-awareness, adaptability, and empathy to create more resilient, inclusive, and effective work environments.…
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Struggling to strike that balance between professional productivity and personal peace while working remotely? Join me, as I throw open the doors to a more structured and satisfying work life. I get candid about my own initial fumbles with remote work, the conundrums of routine, and the importance of strategic work hours. But more importantly, I sh…
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My latest Remote Work Life episode highlights the work of Auth0, a company at the forefront of securing web, mobile, and legacy applications. Join me, Alex Wilson-Cambill, as I walk you through an overview of the company and it's services, their clientele, and its substantial global footprint, stretching from Bellevue to Buenos Aires, and from Lond…
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Today we are uncovering the dynamic journey of Paul Levitin, the mastermind behind the "Happy Healthy Human" podcast. With a saga spanning nearly 300 episodes, Paul reveals his transformation from a fitness guru to a podcasting legend, spurred by the unforeseen twists of the pandemic. This episode is a treasure trove of insights, showcasing the pow…
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Ever struggled to find your quiet place while working remotely with a house full of distractions? From the lively sounds of children on half-term to the unexpected cacophony of city life, achieving audio clarity during online meetings can seem like an elusive dream. Join me, Alex from Remote Work Life, as I share the secret weapon in my remote work…
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Following on from coffee #71 about the impact of technology on our leadership practice, Pilar and Tim talk about emoji as a communications tool for managers. Tiny and ubiquitous, it's easy to underestimate their importance. But when used skilfully, emoji give us a visual language that can provide faster and more concise communication. Within the co…
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Today’s post is the audio companion to the Virtual not Distant monthly newsletter, and you can subscribe to it via email here. Every month, Pilar shares with readers articles she’s come across on the web, books she’s read (or is reading) and podcast episodes she’s listened to. The newsletter also has a digest of the Virtual not Distant content - bu…
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In our last episode. Richard and Rachael explored some of the reasons goals and goal-setting can work against us and make behaviour change even more difficult. This time round, Richard outlines some of the common reasons we can find it hard to stick to new habits. Full show notes for this episode can be found at https://www.worklifepsych.com/podcas…
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Ever struggled with the encroaching demands of home life while trying to hit professional targets from your kitchen table? I know I have. Join me, Alex, your guide through the Remote Work Life, as I lay bare my own challenges and triumphs in crafting a work-from-home lifestyle that respects the boundaries between personal and professional spheres. …
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Ever wondered how the world of remote collaboration could be smoother and more intuitive? Jakub Knutzen, the trailblazing CEO and co-founder of Butter, joins me to answer just that, as he reveals the ins and outs of creating a game-changing platform designed to make remote workshops as rich and interactive as in-person ones. His journey from strate…
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In today’s episode, Maya shares her challenges trying to embrace the “work from anywhere” spirit. Our co-hosts also talk about how the popularity of Chat GPT has opened up the need to reinvent education, how they’re using the bot and why we should all be vigilant when reading current research on the impact of remote work in organisations. Recorded …
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Welcome to Remote Work Life ...Ever feel like you're chained to your desk, powering through work without a moment's pause? Let me guide you through transforming your remote work lifestyle into one that champions structured routines and liberating breaks. In this personal and practical discussion, I draw from my own experience to demonstrate how tak…
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Enma Popli, the creator of Atlanta Diaries and who’s celebrating her 50th episode, shares the journey behind her podcast, which showcases the stories of women leaders and trailblazers. She chats about the reasons behind choosing podcasting as her medium, her approach to empowering women through storytelling, and her commitment to providing inspirat…
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Welcome to the Remote Work Life Business Spotlight in this episode, I delve into the world of remote work with a focus on TenUp, established in 2011. Specializing in finely crafted websites and tools for content creators, TenUp boasts an impressive client roster including Microsoft, Time, ESPN, and Adobe. I'll provide a snapshot on how potential ca…
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We hear a lot about tech. Tech disrupts businesses and creates unicorns. Tech changes workplaces and creates new ways to interact. But what about the impact of technology on our management practices? Our hosts talk about the difficulties that come if we allow technology to dictate how we manage. And the unintended consequences if we don't align our…
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Welcome to Remote Work Life ...Ever found yourself wondering if the entrepreneurial spark is something you're born with or is it the environment we're raised in that shapes this spirit? Join me as I sit down with Yen Tan, co-founder of Kona, who shares a riveting story of growth, from witnessing their entrepreneurial parents' balance of work and li…
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In this episode, Richard is joined by Dr. Rachael Skews for a conversation about goals, goal-setting and the downside of focusing too much on goals. You can find the full show notes for this episode by visiting our website: https://www.worklifepsych.com/podcast/152 Thanks for listening!By Dr. Richard A. MacKinnon
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Hello dear listeners of the 21st Century Work Life podcast. This is a little bonus episode, what some would call, a piece of content marketing, as I’ve put it together to introduce you to our audio-first course, for managers and leaders of remote teams: Navigating Asynchronous Communication. And in this episode, I’ve selected three sections to shar…
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FROM THE ARCHIVE: Ever wondered how a fully remote company not only survives but thrives in the digital age? Darcy Mayfield new Bowles peeled and what’s it like to work remotely.. Wanderlust meets workspace in our enlightening conversation about the joys and pitfalls of remote work. Wrapping up, the spotlight shifts to you, the aspiring remote work…
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Join us on an exhilarating journey into the heart of the podcasting universe with Jeff Umbro, the visionary founder and CEO of Podglomerate. Jeff unfolds his remarkable transformation from a passionate book publicist to a trailblazing leader in the podcast industry. He generously shares a goldmine of insights into the art and science of podcast pro…
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In today's episode of the Remote Work Life Podcast..... Benyamin Elias, the VP of Marketing at Podia, shares his unique journey from studying psychology to spearheading marketing strategies. His story offers a compelling narrative on how academic knowledge can be transformed into practical tools for success in diverse fields. From the grit of unpai…
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Reena Friedman Watts, the dynamic host of the Better Call Daddy podcast, shares her journey with infectious enthusiasm and a wealth of insights. From her early beginnings at the Jerry Springer Show to crafting her unique space in the podcasting arena. This episode explores how she balances family, career, and her passion for storytelling, all while…
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Today's Quick Remote Work Tip: Transforming a tiny corner of my London flat into a hub of creativity and productivity wasn't just an upgrade; it was a revelation. Join me, Alex from Remote Work Life, as I share the evolution of my workspace from a cluttered desk next to a TV to a sanctury of calm and inspiration. In this episode you'll learn to car…
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In this episode, Pilar talks to Jeanna Barrett, founder and Chief Remote Officer at the fully distributed company FPS. Jeanna shares how she set up the company by following her values and aspiring lifestyle, as well as her approach to company culture, remote operations and how values influence her decisions. For detailed show notes, head over to ht…
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A quick reminder of our upcoming webinar all about coaching. On Jan 25th, I'll be facilitating a free session to demystify coaching, explain what's involved and how it can contribute positively to your goal attainment, wellbeing, productivity and career clarity. To find out more and reserve your free place, simply visit https://www.worklifepsych.co…
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Have you ever found yourself at a career crossroads, wondering if the skills you've honed in one industry could unlock doors in another? Our guest, Jennifer Becker who is Head Of Customer Success & Support for File Stage, is the embodiment of such a great pivot, moving from hospitality to SaaS with elegance and insight. Her journey is a testament t…
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The wonderful Morgan Legge, founder of Pivot Your Work and Head of Organizational Change at Convert.com, joins the Management Cafe! Morgan, Pilar and Tim met through online communities and podcasting, a great example of what we discussed in #65 "Building a network outside your organisation". You might need 2 coffees for this wide ranging conversati…
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Welcome to the Remote Work Life Podcast Business Spotlight. From the comfort of your own space, take a virtual tour through the corridors of a company that operates across 60 different countries—without a physical office in sight. If you’re on the lookout for a purpose-driven career or simply curious about the future of customer service excellence,…
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Striving for perfection in the remote workspace can be like chasing a mirage—exhausting and ultimately fruitless. I've been there, setting the bar impossibly high and watching my well-being plummet. That's why I'm inviting you to join me as I tackle the topic of mental health and perfectionism . Through my own trials and the wisdom of industry gian…
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Embark on an entrepreneurial journey with Derek Anderson, the visionary behind Startup Grind, as he traces his path from small-scale meetups to a community spanning over 500 cities. In our candid chat, Derek unravels the core values that have knitted together a fellowship of founders and innovators, where the ethos of 'helping first' beats at the h…
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We chat with Sarah Birkenkamp, a business coach and the host of Big Business with Sarah, a podcast that helps entrepreneurs scale their businesses and make them more profitable. Sarah shares her podcasting journey, from how she got started, to how she developed her format and style, to how she uses podcasting to nurture her audience and attract new…
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It's Alex from Remote Work Life here. Ever felt like remote work has left your days shapeless and your work-life boundaries blurred? I sure did, until I cracked the code on crafting a structured daily routine that revolutionized my productivity and well-being. Join me on the Remote Work Life podcast, where I spill the beans on how I achieved my swe…
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Happy New Year, fellow remote work enthusiasts! Alex Wilson Campbell here, and I'm excited as we usher in a fresh start together on Remote Work Life From my own leap into remote work back in 2008, to the growth of Remote Work Life Summit, each step has been a transformative journey for me. Reflecting on the evolution of our podcast, I'm proud of th…
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Hector is joined by Ioannis Anastassakis. He has a fascinating journey as a guitar coach and podcaster. With over a thousand episodes and a decade-long commitment, Ioannis shares his unique experience of running a bilingual podcast, "Ask the Guitar Coach." He discusses the evolution of his show, the challenges of incorporating video content, and th…
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From the archives: On today's episode I'm revisiting an interview recorded during the remote work life summit (2019) in which I share the secrets of blending human touch with technology in customer service with Ben Congleton, CEO and founder of Olark. Our conversation peels back the layers of how Olark revolutionized live chat communications, marry…
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Hector sits down with Queen Candi, the host of the Queen Candi Podcast. With over 100 episodes, Queen Candi shares her incredible journey from a troubled childhood, including foster care and domestic violence, to her current success as a podcaster. This episode delves into her healing journey through the Muslim faith, her experiences in radio and p…
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It’s the last episode of the year, and it’s very hard to break tradition! Maya and Pilar talk through some of the recent stories around remote work and the world of work and try to make up their minds as to whether we’re moving forward or backwards… Just as they’ve been doing over the last three months, Maya and Pilar comment on this month’s guest,…
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In this episode, Richard is joined by fellow podcaster and expert in ACT, Ross McIntosh, for a discussion about leadership at work. Ross is the host of the excellent 'People Soup' podcast, and regularly trains professionals int he ACT skills that support psychological flexibility. Richard and Ross walk through a model of Authentic Leadership, explo…
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Lorraine Connell, a former educator and current consultant who runs a podcast called Student Voice, Future Leaders. Lorraine shares how she started her podcast as a way to capture the conversations and advice of her students during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also discusses how she overcame some of the challenges of podcasting, such as finding guest…
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Hector welcomes Jeff Dwoskin, the innovative mind behind Stampede Social and a veteran in both stand-up comedy and web development. Jeff reveals his exceptional approach to podcasting, seamlessly blending creative flair with cutting-edge technology. Delving into the capabilities of Stampede Social, Jeff outlines how strategic use of digital tools c…
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Managers sit at the crux of organisational transparency and discretion. They need their employees and organisations to share information with them and are regularly deciding what to pass on and what to keep confidential. It's a tough balance. People need the right information to feel secure and do their job, but too much information can be overwhel…
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In this episode, Valentina Thörner talks about the importance of defining what “remote” means in an organisation, particularly around the dimensions of time and location. For a really good summary, check out https://www.virtualnotdistant.com/podcasts/distributed-teams-matrix Connect with Valentina over on LinkedIn. Subscribe to her newsletter “Remo…
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We hit the 150 episode mark and take a look back at what we've learned along the way. We also look at the benefits of reviewing your year before making plans for the new year ahead. Full show notes for this episode are available at worklifepsych.com/podcast/150 Thanks for listening!By Dr. Richard A. MacKinnon
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