Marissa Mayer, Telecommuting, and Leadership

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Marissa Mayer, Telecommuting, and Leadership

Marissa Mayer, Telecommuting, and Leadership

All the controversy over Marissa Mayer’s decision to end telecommuting at Yahoo reminded me of a response by Jack and Suzy Welch to a reader’s question about telecommuting in the April 16, 2007 issue of Business Week.  The Welches replied that it’s great except where you have eyes on a leadership track. Simply put, it kills your climb. True connected communication, much like it implies, requires a complete connection, including a look-me-in-the-eye, read-my-body-language nexus. People need to see how you operate in person before you’ll gain sufficient credibility to lead them effectively.  Sorry, you can’t phone in leadership.

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