This week, TeamPF and I are on a retreat at the Oregon coast. I’ve made it a point to get us all here because one of the biggest oversights virtual team leaders make is not bringing their teams together at some point, if ever. For some setup, we’ve built our team to be a remote-first team, even though four of the five people on retreat together actually live in Portland, Oregon. Five years ago, we had offices downtown and worked more side-by-side, but we found that we actually preferred to work from home by default rather than commuting downtown, as much as we loved working with each other in person. We also learned that being remote-first actually made us operate better — our planning, communication, and systems had to be better, and as those got better, we were able to do more with fewer people and less meta-work.