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One important point I can't stress enough, to set the tone for a close culture while apart, is to insist on using video.
I'm surprised how many people go out of their way to not use video. Look people in the eye. There's a lot more value than people realize.
Before entering a crosswalk, you'll look at a driver in the approaching car to make eye contact. The silent conversation goes something like this.
"Do you see me?" asks the pedestrian.
"Yes, I see you," answers the car driver.
"Great. Now I'm stepping out into the crosswalk in front of your car. Please don't run me over."
That entire conversation takes place with a momentary glance. That value also translates to teleconferencing. Do it via video.
We spend a lot of time looking at e-mail, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, computer code, etc. People are a company's most important asset, so don't forget to look at them, too.