Remote Not Distant

by Gustavo Razzetti


The workplace is changing. Will you adapt or fall behind?

Hybrid and remote work is here to stay. What will it take for your company to succeed in the new normal?

While most companies have struggled since the pandemic to keep their culture alive remotely, some are successfully riding the waves of the future. To the outside observer, it seems like they were lucky. In reality, building a workplace culture strong enough to thrive at a distance doesn’t happen by chance, but by design.

In this practical, meticulously researched book, top culture thought leader Gustavo Razzetti provides a roadmap to understand, adapt to, and succeed in a hybrid workplace. Razzetti has spent years investigating the leading edges of this revolution, from Amazon, Slack, GitHub, and Microsoft, to name just a few. The lessons are simple yet stunning.

Through insights, real-life examples—both successes and failures—exercises, and experiments, Razzetti will guide you through today’s rapidly changing workplace to improve collaboration whether if your team members work from home, the office, or both.

Remote, but Not Distant provides actionable tools for senior leaders, managers, and team members. It addresses the multiple areas of culture, from keeping your team engaged and improving remote communication to managing conflict, facilitating courageous conversations, and unleashing innovation.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Seize the benefits and avoid the pitfalls of the hybrid workplace
  • Align your team around a shared future
  • Create a safe remote workplace where people belong, collaborate, and innovate
  • Lean into hard, courageous conversations to solve conflict
  • Design team rituals to drive positive behavior change
  • Collaborate in a more productive way, avoiding burnout
  • Increase speed and liberate your team from limiting rules

Highly actionable for the post-pandemic world, this book will show you how to build a culture that feels so right you won’t want to go back to normal.

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8 reviews for Remote Not Distant

  1. Andrew O’Hearn (verified owner)

    Tremendously insightful guide with immediate practical application (chapter-ending recaps, tools, and tips). Grounded in the latest learnings from a broad array of industry practitioners and academic/consulting thought leaders. This book will help leaders address a mission-critical blind spot in their current thinking about the post-pandemic world, as well as the ramifications and implications of not meeting work colleagues “where they live.”

  2. Letizia Migliola

    Remote but not distant is a treasure box of insights and tools to build new hybrid work solutions. It starts from the experiences made during the pandemic and focus on the human side and on the organizational culture that is the engine of every organisation.
    It is an operational manual and at the same time rich in inspiration and vision.
    Gustavo Razzetti concretely guides us to take the best from our experiences without proposing salvific recipes, in order to seize the extraordinary opportunity to rebuild organization and work culture in a more effective and human fit way. For me, a great support in looking at the future and starting to build it.

  3. Maren Gube, PhD

    Culture. Belonging. Purpose. Engagement. Rituals. Ideas like these are difficult to define, let alone getting them right in an organization – especially now, with the added complication of hybrid workplaces.

    After the collective trauma of the last few years, businesses are starving for leaders who can put their finger on the elusive magic for co-creating thriving and resilient organizations. By challenging long-held assumptions and sharing surprising examples, extensive research, and highly actionable tools in his book “Remote, not Distant”, Gustavo Razzetti shows us that it’s not magic, after all.

    Anyone who is truly committed to helping hybrid or remote workplaces thrive, despite continued uncertainty and ambiguity, will find the book an invaluable, transformative companion on the journey.

  4. Anish Hindocha

    It is not too overblown to say this is a book that every leader of remote teams needs to have by their side. A highly practical, no nonsense, ‘how-to’ guide to restore and improve workplace culture in a complex world.

  5. Susan

    I learnt so much from this book – relatable stories, practical tips and evidence based research contribute to a very valuable, thoughtful, well paced and intelligent book that is accessible, not too long and provided me with new ways of considering hybrid and online engagement situations and provided much food for thought.

  6. Eszter Debreczeni

    If this book would be a piece of music – then I would say: a very good release at the right time and will be definitely a hit.
    The theme: fusioning hybrid work and culture design is something that would influence how successful organizations sound in the future and we all need to carefully listen.
    In addition: the main melody – hybrid – represents a very relevant and edgy content, the rhythm of the book is a fluid, dynamic one, with the right pace and amount of insights. The pragmatic tools give everyone the right instrument to play in the evolving workplace and enable those who want to stay relevant in business to design their own harmony with the support of all the content and tools in this true juke-box.
    I am sure that many of us will tune with it successfully our team practices and play with passion remotely but definitely not distant. We are in the same band – and with this book, the joyful playing together is guaranteed.
    Both well-composed and orchestrated by Gustavo – thank you for the music!

  7. Delfino Corti (delfo)

    I have participated in a couple of training with Gustavo Razzetti and found them always insightful, inspiring and very practical, boiling down complex issues to essential questions, frameworks and tools to be able to move around and forward, without offering any kind of “blessed truth”, but instead offering the possibility and some maps to explore different perspectives and make a collective sense out of the experience. I have found all this also in “Remote Not Distant”: it is a very inspiring and practical manual to navigate the transition we all are experiencing in the organizational landscape and any working environment, where words like “remote” and “hybrid” have become part of the daily vocabulary of most of us. Reflections in the book are supported by broad research and references, as well as the extensive experience Gustavo has gained during years of immersion into the corporate environment as a facilitator. At the end of any chapter there are very useful briefs to support those wanting to immediately experiment in practice what is proposed.
    This book is recommended to anyone truly wanting to explore, expand and enjoy the transforming working experience.

  8. Silvina Cendra

    Remote not distant is a critical read for anyone interested in gaining thoughtful perspectives and actionable paths as to how to navigate 2022 new normal. The pandemic has shaken workplace culture’s old paradigms, yet this is so recent that most leaders lack the knowledge as to how to navigate it. In this book, Gustavo Razzetti has broken down the puzzle for us and provides frameworks and actionable tools that allow you to create your own blueprint for success. This book is a critical strategic guide for business leaders.

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