How to give and receive better feedback as a remote team

From Kate Kendall and Tessa Greenleaf of CloudPeeps, a better alternative to performance reviews (I only ever found a handful useful).

Kate Kendall

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I’m mixing things up this week with a guest post from our happiness lead at CloudPeeps, Tessa Greenleaf, about how to do one-on-ones well in distributed teams. 

From the very beginning, CloudPeeps has been committed to creating a culture of transparency, which means sharing consistent feedback — and that’s a huge part of why I wanted to join the team. It’s important to us that we keep open lines of communication on a daily basis. So far it hasn’t been too much of a challenge, as we’re all pretty tight-knit. However, even though the culture has been instilled, now is the time to cement it.

That’s why we felt very strongly about implementing pair calls [hour-long Google Hangout feedback sessions] with different team members each month. I was excited to take the lead on organizing these calls, and am happy to share how we’ve begun implementing them.

Pair call vs. performance review

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Reflect, Renew and Relaunch….Unwrapping My Secret Santa Blog

Andrew James Whalan

Sometimes the best Christmas presents have more than one layer of wrapping!
A few weeks ago I signed up for a secret Santa Blog. Much like the Christmas tradition, I’m given a name and then asked to write a blog for them. As well, I become the recipient of a blog written just for me.
And today it arrived. Unwrapped here it is!

Reflect, Renew and Relaunch

Dear Andrew

Well it is that time of the year again and we find ourselves reflecting on what has transpired and what have we achieved. Some would say that they have accomplished much and others may be harsher on themselves and say that they have not accomplished as much. Either way, if you are reading this, you have accomplished and achieved.

How do we measure this? While this is a personal approach and each one of us has our own measuring stick…

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