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Business teams around the world have shifted to remote work.
A recent webinar by the adult-education school General Assembly explains why listening is a critical skill for identifying the needs and wants of remote employees.
The presentation, which we've reproduced in full below, outlines how managers can develop and maintain company culture.
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People around the world are practicing social distancing to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, which means that many employees are working fully remotely for the first time.
Remote work has mixed effects on companies' internal cultures.
Colleagues in different divisions have a chance to forge unlikely relationships and managers are recognizing the importance of candid communication. But some leaders struggle to keep their teams engaged during meetings and some employees have been struggling with feelings of isolation.
But there are ways to make the transition to distributed work a little easier.
In a recent webinar (you can watch the recording here) by the adult-education school General Assembly, lead global data science instructor Matt Brems told viewers that listening is a critical skill for maintaining company culture among remote employees.
"Understand what it is that they need and how you can best satisfy those needs and work with them," Brems told nearly 5,000 viewers. "Even though we're remote," he added, "we can still develop that personal connection."
General Assembly trains individuals and employees at companies including Google and Deloitte on skills like software engineering and data science. The company is headquartered in New York City, but has campuses in Singapore, Paris, and all over the world.
Below you'll find a version of the presentation deck, which we've shared with General Assembly's permission.SEE ALSO: 3 steps every manager should take right now to help employees feel less lonely and isolated when working from home
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For years, potential competitors kept an eye on Tesla as it absorbed all the risk of creating a viable market for electric vehicles.
While the electric-vehicle market hovers in the single digits, the conventional wisdom was that Tesla would exhaust itself proving that consumers actually wanted to go electric.
But with the EV market now poised to rapidly grow, Tesla finds itself with the most powerful brand, nurtured for more than a decade by charismatic, controversial CEO Elon Musk.
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In the car business, it's often said that brands are grand, but products pay the bills. In other words, you can capture or retain customers with what your company stands for, but long-term, if you don't have great vehicles, you're going to have a problem.
For almost its entire history, more than 15 years, Tesla has inverted that wisdom. A few years ago, the carmaker was barely selling any vehicles relative to its global competitors. Last year, Tesla delivered only about 250,000 vehicles, while General Motors sold almost 8 million.
Investors have decided that this means Tesla should be worth $300 billion in market capitalization, more valuable than GM, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles combined — and topping Volkswagen and Toyota, the two biggest automakers on Earth.
Vehicle sales obviously don't add up to $300 billion in value; Tesla's quarterly revenue remains far below a Detroit Big Three car company. It's a bet on the future, and a prediction that Tesla should be able to expand its near-monopoly of the EV market as that market grows from a currently tiny basis, merely 1-2% of worldwide sales.
Investor optimism is that Tesla will maintain a dominant share, increase it scale, and notch enviable profit margins, perhaps more than 10% (high-volume luxury carmakers operate at that level, while mass-market companies run in the single-digit range).
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The Tesla brand predates its first vehicle. But it was the original Roadster that announced Tesla's objectives to the world in the mid-2000s.
The Roadster combined high-performance with a save-the-planet mission.
The previously best-known electric car was the innovative EV1, introduced in the 1990s, but infamously killed by General Motors.
The original Tesla Roadster, with its sub-4-second 0-to-60 mph time, proved that an electric car could be more than a glorified golf cart.
The mission was clear, but it needed a compelling megaphone in the person of CEO Elon Musk. After selling PayPal to eBay in 2002, Musk sunk hundreds of millions of dollars into Tesla and other futuristic ventures.
Musk cultivated the image of a maverick nerd who lived by his own rules.
His brand-building wasn't limited to Tesla. With SpaceX, he sought to make humanity "multi-planetary," to "back up the biosphere" by ushering in a new age of private spaceflight, with an ultimate goal of colonizing Mars.
He was like a science-fiction film character, at times a hero, at times something of a villain — or at least a controversial antihero. He mingled with celebrities. At times, he did more than mingle. After three marriages (twice to Talulah Riley), he partnered with musician Grimes (real name: Claire Elise Boucher). The two later welcomed a son to the world.
A big part of the Tesla brand was Musk's seemingly reflexive, problem-solving entrepreneurship, cultivated in Silicon Valley. After he got stuck in LA traffic en route to SpaceX HQ, he founded the Boring Company to dig tunnels under the freeways.
He also served as chairman of his cousin Lyndon Rives' startup, SolarCity. Tesla acquired the company in 2016. Musk's master plan was to power electric vehicles, among other things, by using what he called the giant fusion reactor in the sky — the Sun.
Tesla's brand was built using almost zero money spent on advertising. Instead, Musk presided over spectacular product unveilings, such as the New Roadster in 2017.
Musk also put himself out there as the leading high-tech business leader with ideas about how to decarbonize the planet and head off a global-warming disaster. In 2015, he gave a speech at the Sorbonne calling for a carbon tax.
Musk also moved quickly when Donald Trump was elected president in 2016. The CEO wanted to press the carbon-tax case with the chief executive.
Musk also kept Tesla in the news for less virtuous reasons. A failed effort take the company private in 2018 landed him in trouble with the Securities and Exchange Commission. He wound up losing his chairman title and had to pay a multimillion-dollar fine.
Musk also routinely taunted prominent Wall Street short sellers, at one point in 2020 creating Tesla-branded short shorts.
In fact, the entire Tesla-Wall Street story contributed to the brand. By 2020, after a monumental rally, Tesla had become the most valuable automaker in the world, worth $300 billion. Early investors were sitting on a 6,350% return.
Musk also knew how to sense when trends were shifting. As the electric-vehicle market expanded, some tech firms moved into self-driving cars. Musk then amplified Tesla's efforts, taking personal responsibility for the carmaker's Autopilot semi-autonomous tech.
Tesla's tech was as a big a part of the brand as anything else. The robots at its California factory became mechanical characters, with names from the "X-Men" movies.
They even costarred with Musk in revealing new vehicles, such as the dual-motor Model S in 2014.
If it seemed like Musk was channeling Tony Stark from the "Iron Man" movies — well, it was actually the other way around. Robert Downey Jr.'s character was based on Musk.
Musk is a genius at crossbranding. When SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket in 2018, Musk's personal Tesla Roadster was onboard, as the payload. It was the most stunning car commercial in human history.
But it wasn't all a big show under a big tent. Tesla was selling cars, from the Model S sedan ...
... to the Model X SUV.
The Model 3 was a mass-market sedan ...
... And it had a crossover SUV stablemate, the Model Y.
There was also the Tesla Semi ...
... The updated new Roadster ...
... And the completely out-there Cybertruck.
Beyond vehicles, Tesla applied its battery expertise to both home and utility grade storage.
After the merger with SolarCity, Tesla introduced its Solar Roof product. The panels were the roof tiles, rather than sitting on top of the roof.
Even Tesla's factories became part of the branding story. The first plant in California, later joined by a Gigafactory in Nevada. A factory in Shanghai went online in 2020, and two new plants were announced for Berlin and Austin, Texas.
It wasn't as if Tesla stood alone in the electric-car market. Competitors included the versatile, affordable Chevy Bolt EV (starting at $37,000) ...
... And the exotic, anything-but-affordable Porsche Taycan (started at $104,000).
But even though the EV market globally accounts for just around 1% of total vehicle sales, by 2020 Tesla had achieved a near monopoly level of share: roughly 80%.
The power of brand-delighted Musk. He never wanted to go it alone, and the arrival of numerous new EVs from major automakers simply meant that Tesla's mission of accelerating the shift away from fossil fuels was for real. An electric VW bus — I.D. Buzz — was but a single example.
General Motors and CEO Mary Barra committed to an electric destiny, with a plan to launch 22 new EVs by 2023 and creating an entire battery technology, called "Ultium."
GM also revived the Hummer nameplate — as a GMC-badged all-electric pickup with a claimed 1,000 horsepower and 0-60 mph time of 3 seconds.
And Ford created the Mustang Mach-E, the first new Mustang-branded car since the mid-1960s.
Even Musk rival Henrik Fisker got back in the game, founding a new company, Fisker Inc., that promised four new EVs by 2025.
But nobody has the brand power that Musk has created for Tesla. It's apparent now that the competition is playing catch-up. But that might be impossible. Experian recently said that of Tesla owners it surveyed, more than 80% would own again. It isn't going to be easy to take on Tesla.
As the coronavirus crisis leads Google to slow its overall hiring, it's still continuing to "aggressively" bring on workers for its cloud unit.
There are a handful of valuable skills that help Google Cloud employees thrive, said Google Cloud's VP of Human Resources, Brigette McInnis-Day.
Empathy, self-reflection, and a willingness to collaborate are all important.
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As the coronavirus crisis forces companies to tighten budgets and cut staff, the cloud industry appears to be thriving, including within Google.
While the company saw its first-ever revenue decline in the second quarter as advertisers pulled back because of the pandemic, its Cloud unit was an earnings bright spot.
In fact, executives said that the cloud unit was still "hiring aggressively," despite a company-wide hiring slow-down for the remainder of the year.
"What we're doing in Cloud is being very deliberate about which targeted areas we need growth," Brigette McInnis-Day, Google Cloud's vice president of human resources, told Business Insider in late June, adding that the unit is focused on its technology divisions, customer success, and emerging markets teams.
In the nine months since McInnis-Day joined Google Cloud to help grow its team, she's found that there are a set of valuable interpersonal skills that help employees thrive.
Now that Google's hiring process — which includes multiple interviews, often over several days — takes place entirely online, it can actually help those more subtle skills stand out. Talking with potential hires when both parties are at home "provides more confidence and comfort in themselves versus coming into a new environment," McInnis-Day said.
"I think it's beneficial both for the candidate and for the interviewer because you see them in a more of a personal environment," she said, "So you get to see more of what the candidate shares with you."
McInnis-Day walked us through what Google is looking for in new hires, so if you want to impress a Google Cloud recruiter, here are the traits you should try to emphasize:
As the Google Cloud Platform continues to grow, the team actively recruits engineers that it believes can build products based on what customers need, according to McInnis-Day .
"We're in a unique time," she said. "From a technical perspective, it's really asking questions to understand the business issues, to make sure we know what we're solving for."
Listening to feedback and following through is a big part of retaining customers and building trust, McInnis-Day said, and the technology team is just as active in Google's relationship-building process as the sales and customer service teams are. The ability to translate customer feedback into concrete product decisions requires empathy.
"It's very important that the solution is mirroring what's needed," she said.
Self-reflection and empathy go hand-in-hand, McInnis-Day said. As the coronavirus pandemic forced workers across the country to stay at home — and with more companies considering permanent remote work— Google Cloud engineers were pushed to think about how it would impact the long-term goals for their products. In some cases, that meant redefining what was important.
"They're very self reflective and they know what they need or want." McInnis-Day said of employees. "They know what questions to ask."
Honest, open reflection is key to building strong, intuitive products at any tech company, she said. Software engineers should always think beyond standard benchmarks and not be too proud to ask questions. McInnis-Day often asks herself, "Are they going to challenge the status quo?"
"We're also finding high-humility in the people — the candidates — we're seeing," McInnis-Day said. "They can tolerate ambiguity and also can take risks."
Willingness to collaborate
Collaboration is encouraged across tech companies and fostered through the open work environments, plentiful places for employees to relax, and mini kitchens littered throughout campuses at Google, Facebook and Microsoft.
The need for effective, enthusiastic collaboration has only increased since local stay-at-home orders went into place, McInnis-Day said. Employees leverage in-house tools to work with their teams and bounce ideas off each other.
"I think the piece that's been so amazing to me coming in to work at Google is their collaborative tools," McInnis-Day said.
Online collaboration has been a big part of Google Cloud's growth in the last few months during the pandemic, she said: "And then we look for that in the candidates as well."SEE ALSO:
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