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Last year executives were forced to develop new skills to remotely manage their teams. How do we lead, communicate and engage with email anxiety and zoom fatigue at an all-time high both in the office and on the screen? As we continue to recover from the pandemic, everyone needs to keep adapting, evolving, and learning the latest strategies and best practices to support their virtual and hybrid teams.
Here are 10 great books to help readers lead, communicate, and perform well in a hybrid workplace:
1. Digital body language by Erica Dhawan
Digital body language is the roadmap we need to revive our professional relationships, our trust and our collaboration in the future. From decoding punctuation, emojis, and reaction times to defining new laws to be connected remotely, this book is the definitive conversation for the digital age.
Dhawan, a leading collaboration expert, helps leaders build trust and innovation through clear digital body language and learn the new signals that have replaced physical body language.
2. How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace by Robert Glazer
This book provides a blueprint for more successful remote work, including in the hybrid workplace. Glazer shares the perspectives of remote workers, managers, and other executives. He teaches executives how to avoid burnout, how to lead a virtual team of remote workers and how to build a gold standard organization in the virtual world of work.
3rd Revolution in remote work: Successful from everywhere by Tsedal Neeley
The pandemic caused rapid and significant growth in reliance on remote workplaces and fully virtual teams. Executives struggled with knowing what tools to use and how to motivate their team. Remote Work Revolution is a necessity to meet the challenges that executives and managers face. Neeley includes distinctive actionable steps and interactive tools to not only keep employees busy, but also provide advice that executives can use to figure out how to leverage remote working.
4. Just Work: Get Sh * t Done, Fast & Fair by Kim Scott
Just Work shows how we can all work more effectively based on everyone's individuality. Scott reveals an honest truth: Many organizations and companies fail to take advantage of many of their team members and encourage people beyond their abilities. Just Work is the missing element for better collaboration and respect in the hybrid workplace.
5. Lead From Anywhere: The Basic Guide to Managing Remote Teams by David Burkus
Contrary to expectations, research shows that team members are not only more productive, but also more engaged when they can work from anywhere. In return, leaders need the skills to lead from anywhere. Leading from Anywhere is the guide for leaders of hybrid teams who face challenges and recognize the first signs of burnout. Burkus has everything you need to be successful as a market leader in hybrid workplaces.
6. Remote: Office no longer required by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Fried and Heinemeir Hansson are co-founders of Basecamp, one of the first and most famous remote companies in the world. Even though Remote is nearly eight years old, it is still a definitive game book that will allow your team to collaborate and excel at virtual work, even in a hybrid workplace.
7. Redefine collaboration: Slack, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and the post-COVID future of Phil Simon's work
A critical part of the success of a hybrid organization is using the right software tools. In Reimagining Collaboration, Simon suggests that while virtual tools like Slack, Microsoft Team, and Zoom make it easier to work remotely, we don't get the most out of those tools. Learn how you can help your team get better results with remote work software and improve the way you work together.
8. Subtle Negotiations: How to Understand, Identify, and Stop Microaggression by Tiffany Jana and Michael Baran
As companies seek to make their workplaces more diverse, equitable, and inclusive, executives need to understand the nuances of preventing exclusion and harm, especially in a partially or completely remote workplace.
Communication is difficult in a virtual environment. All employees need to know how to participate in the virtual community in such a way that all members feel included and comfortable in their remote office. Jana and Baran provide specific pointers in subtle exclusion laws to help you and your team create a more welcoming space for all employees.
9. Behave like a leader, think like a leader of Herminia Ibarra
One of the challenges for managers and employees at a distance is a loss of trust. Without seeing friendly faces in the office or receiving consistent, positive feedback in person, it can be difficult for us to know that we are fine. In this book, Ibarra not only helps restore that lost confidence to employees who miss personal affirmations, but also provides guidance on how to provide more positive feedback and create a happier, more motivated remote team.
10. The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership by Kevin Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel
Eikenberry and Turmel are co-founders of the Remote Leadership Institute, providing actionable tips to help leaders motivate their teams and hold employees accountable.
Businesses, whether personal, remote, or hybrid, are only as effective as their leadership. The Long Distance Leader is a book that provides expert knowledge to improve your leadership for an increasingly remote world.
With the world of work moving faster and faster, it's more important than ever to take the time to stay up to date on your professional development. These books will help you adapt to the hybrid workplace.