Want to Learn Effective Ways to Use a Virtual Support Team?

Running a virtual business, even managing virtual teams can be a challenge.  Unlike working in a physical office, you can never seem to find an extra pair of hands to help you at crunch time when you largely work by yourself.   And of course, running a virtual business requires you to wear many, many different hats – charting new waters on a daily basis.  A trusted support team at your disposable to help you navigate the workload?  Ha.

It’s because of these challenges that I am really excited for the Flipside Workspace Event happening on February 5th at 1:00 EST / 10:00 PST.

Emily_headshotEmily Morgan of Delegate Solutions is going to be speaking with us and answering questions in the digital workplace, Flipside Workspace.

We couldn’t be more thrilled.  From complex scheduling to marketing support, Emily will explain how you can lighten your business load by delegating some key tasks to a virtual executive team.  She will explain what it’s really like to work with a virtual support team, and give some tips on how to best work with remote strategic specialists so that you can focus on what you do best.

Want to be a part of the conversation?  Contact us at hello@flipsideworkspaces.com and request an invite. Participation in the live event is available on a limited basis.

If you can’t participate in the live event, but would like to ask Emily a question, leave your question(s) here and we will try to get it answered during the event.

We will be taping the interview and posting it on our Duncan+Coleverria website.

Please note: to participate in the live event, you must be a Flipside Workspace member (you can sign up at www.flipsideworkspace.com, first month is free), and you must wear a headset.

Learn more about Flipside Workspace here.

Learn more about Delegate Solutions here.

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Developing Entrepreneurial Drive in Daughters

Avatar Idea for Flipside Workspace™ copyright Lisa L. Duncan

Avatar Idea for Flipside Workspace™
copyright Lisa L. Duncan

The other day I was purging a monstrous stack of papers.  I hate doing it, as it is a slow process for me.  I’m not one that can grab a stack and toss it into the recycle bin… I need to look at everything one last time and do a final mental categorizing before I make that decision to toss or file.

I was rewarded by this method when I found this picture (to the right) that my daughter drew for me when she was about nine years old.

When she drew this picture, we were about 2 or 3 years into Flipside Workspace, the digital workplace we developed to help our business – and other businesses – achieve a digital “sense of place”.  We hadn’t yet opened it up to the world, and we were understandably questioning ourselves.

For those who aren’t familiar with Flipside Workspace, it is basically a professional 3D environment used for engagement and collaboration of dispersed workforces.  Rather than using video for a communication presence as many other platforms use, Flipside Workspace uses avatars in a virtual environment.  When you “enter” the workplace, the first thing you do is select an avatar to represent yourself while you walk and talk in virtual space.

My daughter was an avid Club Penguin user back then, and of course this all seemed normal to her.  (Club Penguin is a virtual world where children can play games and interact with other users.) What was not normal was the professional attire of all of our avatars.   Overhearing our conversations about our readiness, my daughter decided she would help us out.  She drew an avatar that she felt was missing from our repertoire, complete with dog, and simply titled it: “help business”.

Finding this picture reminded me how lucky I have been to work in this alternative workstyle, for my daughters to be able to see me “go to work” first-hand, to overhear business calls, and to learn at such a young age that problems are just solutions waiting to be discovered.

My daughter saw a problem and took the initiative to provide a solution.  Isn’t that what being an entrepreneur is all about?

Her drawing is a perfect reminder of the entrepreneurial spirit that can be nourished in our children.  The business person in me noted that the price for her services was missing from the drawing.

I’ll have to have a little talk with her about that oversight.

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Why I Love Working in a Digital Workplace

Flipside Workspace conference room meetingIt’s my first day back after a fabulous and disconnected vacation.  I love these times where I get to fully disengage from work – energy, creativity, and inspiration swirl around me giving me months of “work” just to catch up with my thoughts. Only the heartiest of ideas make it through memory and grit into execution, a kind of Darwinian business process.

Today I was excited to get back to work, to catch up with my colleagues and exchange ideas. I was ready…sort of.

You see, I work from home and it’s after New Year’s.   Two weeks of fun and festivities means many decorations are still hanging in the house and the onslaught of stuff from a household racing out the door each morning to school or work is still scattered about.  So many distractions.

I love that mental separation of “go to work”.  I need that mental separation.  But where is work when one work’s from home?

Luckily, our company has an office in Flipside Workspace, a digital workplace that has transformed how our organization works.  For me, Flipside Workspace gives me the freedom and flexibility to work where I need to be, yet allows me to work and engage with a dispersed workforce no matter where they are.  It allows me to have that professional human-to-human interaction that I crave and need.

Today I strolled into the lobby, said hello to some colleagues, parked myself in my office, and kicked off the New Year discussing some new and exciting projects we will be rolling out in 2015.

My virtual presence in our digital workplace meant I didn’t waste time with back-and-forth emails to schedule a meeting, playing phone tag, or even commuting.  My time “at work” was productive, purposeful, and engaging.  Can’t beat that!

I’ve got a great feeling about 2015, and look forward to sharing some of what we’ve been up to in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, feel free to visit our digital workplace in www.flipsideworkspace.com.  You can find our office to the left of the lobby.

All the best in 2015!

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