The Remote Work Tribe Podcast: Mike Schaffer


In this episode of the Remote Work Tribe podcast, we chat with Mike Schaffer, Group Senior Vice President, Corporate Digital Innovation at Marina Maher Communications.

Mike has been named: One of the World’s Top PR & Marketing Gurus | Top 30 PR Pros on Twitter | A PR & Marketing Superhero | One of the Foremost Authorities on Trust in Business. In this episode, he shares decades of insight and experience as a remote leader in the industry. We touch upon remote leadership, how to develop empathy as a leader, radical candor, remote onboarding, and much more. 


  • Exciting projects Mike is working on today. (1:05)
  • How his leadership approach has evolved since the pandemic. (2:30)
  • How to manage digital relationships and social media with your team positively. (4:10)
  • How to lead 1-1 meetings. (6:30)
  • How to get to know new team members and develop a management style that works for them. (8:20)
  • How to leverage both office-based and remote-first leadership skills. (11:50)
  • How has hiring changed since the pandemic? (15:40)
  • Mindset shifts that leadership went through to adapt to remote work (17:35)
  • How to onboard remote employees (19:35)
  • Asynchronous communication for onboarding remote employees (23:05)
  • Introverts vs. extroverts and leadership styles (24:25)
  • How to build an intentional remote culture (26:28)
  • Most significant mindset shift Mike has experienced since 2020 (28:32)
  • Lightning round questions (30:38)

We hope you enjoy it!

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By Sebastian Cuervo