Top 3 Ways to Stay Connected With Your Peers

Telecommuting or locked in a virtual company? You best stay connected.

If you have ever worked from home for any length of time, you know that feeling, it’s that “what is going on over there and am I missing out on something important” feeling. It’s scary, it tests your confidence, and most importantly it could get you fired. More than anything it is up to you to take the steps to develop and nurture your connections back to the home office.

I spent 6 years working from home a few years back, 3 years as CEO in a 100% virtual office. I found it incredibly productive personally while at the same time always thought we were missing the magic of the water cooler. You know the concept where people naturally congregate around and talk pop culture, TV, sports and business. I love the concept of the water cooler as every one of my ideas come from the accumulation of other people’s thoughts. I preach the water cooler effect to all of my investments at The Startup Factory.

So, what kind of things can you do to optimize your connectedness to those most important to you? Try these 3 ideas . . .

The rest of the article is over here on INC.COM. You can see my other articles as well.

Speaker, investor, mentor, startup founder. One of 3 or 4 Co-Founders of MapQuest (sold to AOL for $1.2B). Managing Director of $25M Venture Fund in late 90's. CEO, COO or President of various companies ranging from $200k to $20M in size. One of two Managing Directors of The Startup Factory (35 investments across 7 cohorts), founder and MC of the Big Top Reverse Job Fair and national writer and speaker waxing poetic around startups and startup communities. Currently EIR @ Techstars with Brad Feld ~ Startup Communities, to help community leaders around the world grow their startup community.

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