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The four skills remote managers need

Oliver Deacon argues that, to succeed in the new era of remote work, managers need to dedicate more time to communication, context, clarity and culture.

Coronavirus has highlighted the challenge of managing individuals and teams that cannot meet face to face.  However, while the pandemic has understandably brought remote management techniques to attention, for many years finance teams have been evolving to include individuals and functions in other offices or locations. This means there are tried and tested methods managers can deploy.

As a former finance director at Microsoft, I have many years of experience of running virtual teams and I believe that the key to working seamlessly and successfully is for managers to invest more of their time in four key areas: communication; context; clarity; and culture – the four C’s.