It's Okay To Be An Introverted Nerd, BUT You'll Need These 3 Steps To Lead In A Human Cloud World

This Week In Startups #41

Important Updates

  • 🙌 to Entrepreneur for their stance against the PRO Act.

  • 👀 There’s more job openings than job seekers right now.

  • Happy National Independent Worker Day! The Human Cloud wouldn’t be possible without the grit, innovation and discipline of over 100m independent freelancers around the world.

  • ❓Li Jin posted an article on the Creator Economy becoming the Gig Economy. While great in direction, it follows the common ‘tech’ and elite narratives focusing on influencers instead of the over 100m skill based freelancers adding over $1.2t worth of value to the US economy a year.

  • Enjoy our recent podcast on Work Unlocked talking about how enterprise leaders can hire freelancers to have the speed of a startup.


Freelancer Highlight: Ryan Mellinger, Audio Engineer

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What if the brains behind Nashville country music could drive your podcast forward? Maybe you want a buttery smooth audio? Or cutting out the construction from your recording? Ryan is a master at moving your business forward through audio and video activities like podcasts and webinars.

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Todays Topic TL;DR: Being a strong leader in the Human Cloud comes down to three things.

  1. Master scoping

  2. Master progress updates

  3. Master precise communication

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Introverts unite, separately in your own homes

Can you relate?

The Human Cloud is great for us introverts. It enables:

  • Choosing our time (thank you a-sync)

  • Choosing our environment (thank you remote)

  • Best of all…choosing our co-workers (thank you independence)

BUT it can also lead to utter chaos.

  • Working on the wrong things

  • Missing out on the important news

  • Neglecting relationships that get you promoted

This isn’t unique to us introverts, but our introversion significantly increase the chances for chaos.

So how do we be a good leader in the Human Cloud leader while embracing our introversion?

Step 1: Master Scoping

In a remote environment, what can go wrong will.

Whether a new product, a new feature, or just planning a retirement party, outline the below 3 variables before you start.

  • What needs to get done

  • Who will do it

  • By when

Advanced Level: List all conditions and use a Gantt chart or Roadmap to visualize these dependencies.

  • Examples:

  • To start design, brand guidelines need to be completed.

  • To start brand guidelines, leadership needs to sign off.

  • Etc

Step 2: Master Proactive Communication

Honestly status updates are the death of me, but there are three main reasons they are a must.

  • Keeps everyone aligned

  • Keeps leadership bought in

  • Keeps momentum up and to the right

No matter how decentralized we get, one person will always be accountable for success (or failure), and as a leader that should be YOU.

Advanced Level: Create an infrastructure that tracks status, aligns direction, and you can turn to in seconds.

Make sure to have:

  • Running Project Plan

  • Running Email Thread

  • Knowledge Hub (a Google folder to house files and the project planning running document)

Step 3: Master Precise Communication

We’re not robots, but we’ll always be busy as hell, and emails will probably always be a burden.

Thus keep it simple and remember to KISSS - Keep it short, simple, stupid.

I’ll admit it…as a leader I’m an idiot. If you talk to me like a toddler I’ll probably be extremely appreciative (and can’t wait to pay your invoice).

What’s Next 👀

Next week we’ll touch on remote tactics to manage your freelancers within your existing team.

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