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SAP Community Nonfiction Book Club - July 2020

Now let's kick it off!

This month we are launching the new SAP Community Nonfiction Book Club (as announced here) and the topic of the month will be Remote Work. Nothing could be more relevant at this moment, right? :-)

There are many books about remote work but many of them are not good or are just focused on one single aspect of remote work. So I have done some research and I have found a great one on the topic.

This month's book is: "The Ultimate Guide to Remote Work: How to Grow, Manage, and Work with Remote Teams".

The book's authors have more than fifteen years of experience with remote work. They have been in the most common roles possible when working remotely: team members, managers, and senior leaders. There are also tips for hiring managers and for job seekers.

The main author is also an entrepreneur and has created a company that runs one hundred percent remotely with more than two hundred workers distributed around the world. The book is interesting not only because it covers almost all aspects of remote work, but also because it offers useful ideas and suggestions of tools, processes, and solutions to the most common problems so readers become equipped to make remote work the best possible experience for everyone in their teams.

I have been working almost exclusively remotely since 2015 and I still learned a lot from reading the book. So I think it makes a perfect choice for the current situation we are all living now. Since everybody who can is now working remotely, I strongly suggest you take the opportunity and read it. Also, you can share and learn from our colleagues from the SAP Community who will be doing the same.

The book in digital format can be purchased from Amazon for a very low price here. You can alternatively get it for free from here.


WHAT COMES NEXT?

We have approximately 20 days from now for reading the book. After that, we will come together for a virtual event to discuss our ideas and lessons learned from reading it.

Then we will hold an online Zoom meeting on July 1st at 19:00 (CET) as follows:

When: Wed 1 Jul 2020 19:00 (Europe, Berlin - CEST)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://sap-se.zoom.com/j/96452394506

Meeting ID: 964 5239 4506
Find your local number: https://sap-se.zoom.com/u/a4eR1RSfK

Join by Skype for Business
https://sap-se.zoom.us/skype/96452394506


NEXT STEPS:

1 - Read the book. Given the structure of this book, you can join the discussion even if you decide to read only the parts of the book most interesting to you.

2 - We can use the comments section below to talk about the upcoming online meeting or about the book in advance.

3 - Come back here by June 22nd and check the date for the virtual meeting and the connection details.

4 - Prepare to join the live online conversation by the end of the month. Bring your ideas and questions you want to discuss with others regarding the book or its topic.

5 - If you have specific ideas or problems on the subject of remote work that you want to be part of the conversation, let us know in the comments below so others can bring answers from their experiences.

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If you still in doubt if you should invest the time, you can read below my resumed overview of the book:

This book is structured in such a way to give the reader a fully holistic introduction to remote work. It goes into a certain level of detail in each chapter. It is written and organized by the CEO of a successful company that runs fully remotely. The book also has content from internet articles written by other people with experience in companies that also run fully remotely.

Even if you work in a company that runs only partially remotely or just started working remotely because of the current pandemic, the lessons here are worthy years of trials and errors. The reading time will save you and your team months of trial and error when compared to learning how to work remotely without any previous research on how to do it.

If you are interested but you think you do not have the time to read the whole book, I will help you. Below I’ll show which chapters are relevant for each possible role in a remote team. All chapters are independent and have self-contained information. The exception is the first chapter that should not be skipped because it lays a general foundation about remote work.

If you have a general interest or curiosity about all the aspects of remote work, then read the whole book by all means. If you work in a team just getting started with remote work and you want to share knowledge and inspire your team, including your leadership, read the whole book too.

Otherwise, if you are only interested in how to best perform in your current role or have little time for reading, then pick only the chapters relevant to your role.

These are the possible roles or personas I’m considering below for suggesting each chapter:

Senior leader: CEO, a business area leader or a functional leader (i.e. CIO, CHRO, CMO, CFO, CTO, etc)

Leader: any person managing other people (i.e. managers, supervisors, team leaders, etc)

Team member: anyone who is an individual contributor but is not leading other people

Jobseeker: anyone looking for a new job

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Chapter 1: How to run a remote team

Relevant for everyone

Chapter 2: How to hire a remote team

Relevant for senior leaders and leaders

Chapter 3: How to build culture in a remote team

Relevant for everyone

Chapter 4: How successful remote teams evaluate employees

Relevant for everyone

Chapter 5: How to build strong relationships in a remote team

Relevant for everyone

Chapter 6: How to run a company retreat for a remote team

Relevant for senior leaders and leaders

Chapter 7: This is what a remote office looks like

Relevant for leaders and team members

Chapter 8: How to work faster in a remote team

Relevant for everyone

Chapter 9: How to find your optimal work environment and boost productivity

Relevant for everyone

Chapter 10: How to work in different timezones

Relevant for everyone who works in a team with more than one timezone

Chapter 11: How to avoid burnout in a remote team

Relevant for everyone

Chapter 12: How to thrive as an extrovert on a remote team

Relevant for everyone

Chapter 13: How to find and get hired for a remote job

Relevant for jobseekers

Chapter 14: The remote workers’ toolkit

Relevant for everyone

Chapter 15: A special thanks for those who share

Relevant for everyone

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11 Comments

  • Jun 09, 2020 at 08:11 AM

    Hi, I am very exited about your activity! This is a great Idea. It also reminds us to read more books!

    • Jun 18, 2020 at 07:28 PM

      Hi Kati, thanks for all the encouragement from your side!

      I hope people will join the activity and take the opportunity to learn and share their experiences about remote work.

  • Jun 09, 2020 at 10:41 AM

    Thank you Douglas. I need this. I do onsite work always and now I am facing remote work as a realaty.

  • Jun 09, 2020 at 12:28 PM

    Very interesting. All of us accommodate the remote work learning how to do that ourselves. It's nice learning with someone that works so many years remotely.

    • Jun 18, 2020 at 07:31 PM

      Yes, Manuel, I also think we can save a lot of time learning from those who already know how to best tackle the challenges.

  • Jun 09, 2020 at 06:35 PM

    This is great, Douglas! I look forward to this. (I voted for my preferred day/time, but I'll be supporting whatever date wins.)

    --Jerry

    • Jun 18, 2020 at 07:33 PM

      Hi Jerry, thanks a lot! For sure you are inspiring it by your initiatives engaging the community with the Weekend Book Club and the Weekend Movie Club.

  • Jun 18, 2020 at 07:35 PM

    For those who are considering to join the event but are currently not sure that will have enough time to read the whole book, please join us anyway.

    Even if you only have the time for reading a few chapters that most interest you, we can have an interesting conversation about how we are finding success in dealing with remote work.

  • Jun 25, 2020 at 12:55 PM

    Here the full details for our next meeting:

    When: Wed 1 Jul 2020 19:00 (Europe, Berlin - CEST)

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://sap-se.zoom.com/j/96452394506

    Meeting ID: 964 5239 4506
    Find your local number: https://sap-se.zoom.com/u/a4eR1RSfK

    Join by Skype for Business
    https://sap-se.zoom.us/skype/96452394506

  • Jul 01, 2020 at 03:53 PM

    Giving this thread a last-minute bump as a reminder: Please join this meeting today (1pm ET) as we discuss best practices for working remotely.

    You don't have to be an awesome wordsmith to participate. (I've already got that part covered.) You don't even need to have read the book (which is free, BTW, and I recommend it highly). We can focus on specific topics/chapters, as Douglas outlines in the original post -- so we can all come away with ideas on how to be more productive working from home.

    If nothing else, you can use this opportunity to do something that the book recommends highly: connect with other people (since working remotely can be so isolating sometimes).

    Hope to speak to you soon!

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