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Don’t Forget Me! Ensuring Distributed Team Members Aren’t Left Out

Don’t Forget Me! Ensuring Distributed Team Members Aren’t Left Out

In this LinkedIn Influencers post, oDesk CEO Gary Swart shares his approach to giving feedback to team members who work remotely. In this post, Gary answers three key questions: How do we ensure overall expectations are clear? How do we ensure distributed team members are on the same page as in-house team members on a day-to-day basis? How do we ensure that remote team members feel included in meetings?
Permanent Vacation: Digital Nomads Work from the Road

Permanent Vacation: Digital Nomads Work from the Road

Exploring the Digital Nomad trend, Tanya Mohn interviews those who have embraced the nomadic lifestyle to suggest that not only is it sustainable but professionally rewarding as well. Digital Nomads, a new trend in work over the last five years, depend on Internet access and technology like collaborative meeting software and Google Docs to be successful. Jennifer Barclay, a writer and editor from England, spoke about her decision to go nomad and said, "It occurred to me that most of my job was done on email. It would make sense for me to live somewhere I could enjoy the outdoors more when I shut down my computer.”
5 Rules From the Silicon Valley Sales Bible

5 Rules From the Silicon Valley Sales Bible

In this Inc. guest column, oDesk VP of International & Enterprise Matt Cooper shares key learnings from his conversation with Aaron Ross, the bestselling author of Predictable Revenue. Together, Matt and Aaron urge businesses to refine their approach to sales: "You want to be a big fish in a small pond. If you are a small fish in the market you are addressing, you need to shrink the pond so you can appear bigger. You need to be very specific about the companies you are targeting and the contacts within those companies."
The Art of Feedback: 5 Tactics that Work

The Art of Feedback: 5 Tactics that Work

In this LinkedIn Influencers post, oDesk CEO Gary Swart proves that not all feedback is effective—in fact, giving feedback is an art. In part two of his series on feedback, Gary talks about five tactics managers and team members can use to ensure feedback is timely, well-communicated and ultimately effective.
Digital Nomads: A Work Freedom Revolution

Digital Nomads: A Work Freedom Revolution

In this LinkedIn Influencers post, oDesk CEO Gary Swart discusses the Digital Nomad trend he's seeing among oDesk freelancers and clients. Sharing key findings from a recent survey and telling the stories of some of his most beloved Nomads, Gary himself adopted the lifestyle when working from the road, in an RV, with a group of entrepreneurs and journalists.
The "On-the-Spot" Performance Review

The "On-the-Spot" Performance Review

In this LinkedIn Influencers post, oDesk CEO Gary Swart provides tips for both managers and team members on giving and receiving “On-the-Spot” feedback. Timely feedback—rather than feedback that comes once or twice a year—is key to fostering open communication.
Obama: Is the Job of the Future a Freelance One?

Obama: Is the Job of the Future a Freelance One?

Elaine Pofeldt of CNBC.com comments on Barack Obama's State of the Union address and specifically asks why job growth is stagnant, unemployment-rates are trending down, and full-time work is so hard to find? She posits that the explosive growth in freelancing has contributed to this imbalance. Commenting further on this growth, VP of International Matt Cooper shared that, "companies want a more flexible, scalable way to engage a workforce."