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lukethomas · 2021-07-13 · Original thread
Hi HN!

tl;dr - I wrote a 200 page user manual for team leaders and CEOs to navigate working from anywhere and open sourced it online for free:

I'm Luke, the founder of 8 years ago, I first read Remote by 37 Signals and it's what caused me to start working remotely back in 2013. At the time, the book laid out a case that more organizations should offer remote work.

Over the years, I worked for a few different distributed companies in a variety of roles. I've seen what works and what doesn't. Now, I run a software company building async tools for distributed teams. I've also spent years digging through research on distributed teams, asynchronous communication, and more. Basically, it's been a huge area of focus for the past 8 years.

When the pandemic hit, people were CONSTANTLY asking me if I had any book recommendations. Unlike 2013, people didn't need to be convinced about the benefits of working from anywhere, which Remote did a great job covering. Now, they were looking for a playbook on how to implement this stuff in a way that tapped into the benefits of distributed work - primarily the flexibility.

I never imagined writing a book, it's not really my forte. But after seeing so many companies rollout terrible policies/practices that made working from anywhere worse than going into the office, I decided to throw my hat into the ring.

The book teaches high-level principles and then dives into specific practices and playbooks, like:

- How to go async-first

- What meeting should be an email? What email should be a meeting?

- How to hire people you haven't met

- How to quickly onboard new teammates

- How to feel connected & stay accountable

These are all questions I hear all the time. This book is heavily focused on shifting towards an async-first environment, because I believe this is the #1 transition an organization needs to do.

Anyways, the entire thing is available for free online. There's an audio version too and spent quite a bit creating illustrations for each of the chapters. If you want a hardcopy, I'm offering that at cost on Amazon (I make 1 penny for every book sold).

Here's direct links if you want to jump right in:

1. To Read:

2. Spotify:

3. Youtube:

4. Amazon:

I hope this helps you all. I'm just tired of seeing people act like this is all brand-new, when in reality, there's a mountain of evidence and best practices that can save you a lot of headaches.

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