Surviving Remote Work by Sharon Koifman

Sharon Koifman is a survivor.
He survived the dot com crash. He survived working with outsourcers that mastered English like fish mastered riding bicycles. And he survived building and leading a completely remote business spanning four continents… With two toddlers in the room.
The title of this book is a lie. Sharon Koifman didn’t survive remote work. He thrived with remote work. Surviving Remote Work is the distillation of a decade of lessons. Inside, you’ll learn the tools, strategies and tactics to survive and thrive as a leader in the remote age. Things like:

  • How to keep your company culture alive remotely – or even build one from scratch;
  • A world-class recipe for onboarding new remote people -one that has received praise from dozens of clients and hundreds of employees;
  • How to manage and avoid distractions – for yourself and your team;
  • What is the best remote communications technology that no one is using;
  • How to protect your business’ (and your clients’) data in a fully-distributed operation;
  • How to keep the extroverts in your team from wanting to kill themselves;
  • How to keep the introverts in our team from wanting to kill themselves;
  • And much, much more.

Some awesome authors have interviewed, studied, and collected data for their business books. We love those guys. We like their books. But this is something different. This is a book by someone who experienced everything described within firsthand. Sharon made all the possible mistakes (plus a couple of impossible ones) in remote work. All so you don’t have to. Buy it now and learn how to survive remote work!


Meet Sharon Koifman

Sharon Koifman is obsessed about remote management.

He was born in Israel and moved to Montreal – a city he describes as “the most beautiful hybrid between new and old, combining the modernity of a North American city with the old charm of Europe” – at age of 10, and he lives there now with his lovely wife and two daughters. From there, over the past twenty years, he’s built and run three fully-remote companies.

Sharon grew up in an entrepreneurial family, and was heavily inspired by his father, who ran a boutique engineering firm. It was his father who first introduced Sharon to the idea of working remotely. He would design industrial machines on his computer and outsource the building to a machine shop that put together all the components.

Thanks to that influence, Sharon has built businesses from his own computer for the past 20 years.

He started back in the era of the dot com crash, where he ran a web hosting provider with an office in India. Like many entrepreneurs, he was taken in by the idea that he could combine the growing technical expertise in India with the much lower cost of living and hire several expert developers for the cost of a single western worker.

But the reality made much less sense than the math. The fact was that he had the people, but they lacked the team spirit, the culture. His experts were scattered and didn’t know how to work together – and the company suffered for it.

Once he sold that first company, he realized that whatever he would do next, he would benefit from managing his own employees remotely, but also that he would need them to feel the same tight-knit bond that people working in the same office have. As a child, he loved team sports like rugby and football, so he knew exactly what to shoot for – he just had to make it happen online!

Since then, Sharon has studied and researched not only how to operate remote businesses but how to create an amazing work culture, one where people love to come to work. He has dedicated his mind to finding ways – through systems and processes, services and tools – to bridge the gap between the faces in the monitor and the people in the real world.

These days Sharon runs DistantJob, a unique recruitment agency geared specifically for finding full-time remote employees who work from all over the world. He’s been working tirelessly to promote remote work. The key difference in his approach is that he wants to show how remote work benefits businesses.

Everyone talks about the benefits to the individual – less stress, less commute, better work-life balance, more options of where to live… We’ve heard it all. But Sharon’s argument is that remote work also benefits companies and their bottom line. He believes companies who adopt remote work can be leaner, less expensive, more environmentally-friendly, and have access to better and more productive people, faster.

And suddenly, the whole world was forced into remote work! So, in the wake of the COVID crisis, he wrote “Surviving Remote Work” in order to help businesses not only survive but actually thrive in this new environment.

He loves listening to soul music and legend has it that he can, if the stars align, be seen in the wild playing the piano.

Better Online Meetings: How to Facilitate Virtual Team Meetings in Easy Steps

Better Online Meetings: How to Facilitate Virtual Team Meetings in Easy Steps - ASIN B08FQM9R9C

Learn how to facilitate your Zoom meetings more effectively.

This is a super-short book (will take you less than 30 minutes to read) that covers a step-by-step approach to running your meetings. 

It also includes downloadable templates and scripts that will help save you time.

Note: This book is technology-agnostic. This means that it doesn’t matter if you use Zoom, Webex, GoToMeeting, Skype, or any other meeting tool. The concepts focus more on process and communication best practices as opposed to technical guidelines. 

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The one question to ask yourself before scheduling a meeting
  • How to draft an effective agenda (and include a simple phrase to save you time)
  • When to schedule meetings to minimize the number of interruptions (batching techniques)
  • How to take helpful meeting minutes (note-taking strategies that save you time)
  • How to schedule online meetings for team members in different time zones

Resolve the Two Main Issues with Meetings

There are two main problems with meetings. First, there’s a quantity problem (too many meetings), and second, there’s a quality problem (too many bad meetings).

After reading this short book, you’ll learn how to address both those problems. You will learn how to have fewer meetings, how to have better meetings, and how to get the most out of your meetings to get things done. You’ll benefit by saving your team and yourself some time, and you’ll end up with more successful meetings. 

The book is divided into three sections: 

Section I: Before Your Online Meeting

  • Decide on a Need and an Objective 
  • Determine the Attendees and Draft an Agenda
  • Define the Remote Logistics
  • Send the Invite, Agenda, and Reminders

Section II: During Your Online Meeting

  • Join Early and Cover the Ground Rules
  • Run Through the Agenda
  • Capture the Meeting Minutes
  • Close with a Review

Section III: After Your Online Meeting

  • Distribute the Meeting Minutes
  • Follow Up on Action Items

Note: The subject of meetings can be really boring, and you’ve probably heard most of the common-sense advice about meetings before, so there’s nothing earth-shattering about the material in this book. However, if you follow all the steps to the letter, then this will be the only book you’re ever going to need about managing your virtual teams effectively, guaranteed.

Free Bonus

As a free bonus for purchasing this book, you’ll get a free Meeting Minutes Template and a free Meeting Agenda Template (MS Word format) that you can copy and paste and use with your own team.

Would you like to learn more?

Download Better Online Meetings now to get started.

Scroll to the top and click on the “buy button.”

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How to Optimize Working Remote: Manage Yourself, Your Team, and Grow Your Career!

In today’s world, remote working is inevitable evolution of society.

Remote work has advantages that lead to innovation, profitability, and agility. It also allows employers and employees to collaborate without being physically in contact.

The new motto is “bring work to workers and not workers to work”. Companies that adopt this system have multiple advantages, especially in terms of satisfying workers who have the flexibility to do their job when it suits their personal needs.

The purpose of this book is to analyze this new model of work organization as a vector of performance and to propose principles, tools, methods, and technical elements to ease transitions and ensure long term success for yourself and your team.

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