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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Can Leaders Work From Home?

Can Leaders Work From Home?
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There is no denying that remote work has become exceptionally popular over the past few years. The benefits associated with this are obvious. It presents people with greater flexibility when it comes to their working life and more comfort too. However, there is no denying that some job roles simply cannot be conducted from within the comfort of your own property. After all, it’s not like you could ask your construction boss to work from your house, is it? But what about leadership roles? Can leaders work from home?

Yes, leadership roles can be performed remotely

As a leader, you are going to be working closely with a lot of people at the business you work for. This leads a lot of people to assume that you cannot work remotely. However, this is not the case. Yes, you do need to be face-to-face with people at times, so your job cannot be 100 per cent remote. Nevertheless, there are going to be plenty of times whereby using tech to communicate will be more than sufficient. You don’t need to be face-to-face with your team every hour of the day. It is all about communicating a clear purpose and then creating an environment of trust. Attaining a strategic leadership degree can assist you with this. If you have done this, and you have effective methods for all forms of communication in place, there is no reason why you can't work remotely at times.

Technology means you don’t have to have meetings in person today

Technology has progressed rapidly over the past few years, which is one of the main reasons why remote work has become so popular. Technology means that we no longer have to be in meetings, as we once used to. We can make the most of video conference calls instead. This is especially beneficial when communicating with clients that are based overseas, so why can’t it work when engaging remote workers?

Do you think you will have a socially disconnected workforce if you work from home?

This is what a lot of people think. This can happen but only if you let it. However, you will quickly learn that there are ways to ensure that this does not happen. It is all about generating processes and structures that support a team that is socially connected. This begins with the culture you create, and then it will flow into your communication constructs and methods, for example, using instant messenger applications or having daily meetings via Google Hangout.

So there you have it: leaders can most certainly work from home.
Nevertheless, there is no denying that you will need to go about this in the correct manner if you want to make working from home a success. You need to ensure that you have a good mixture of communicating remotely and meeting up whenever important matters are discussed. You should also make sure the right structures are in place for effective communication and collaboration. If you do this, there is no reason why leaders cannot make working from home work for them.