Balance!

When managing a remote office, be extra judicious to ensure all perspectives feel heard in an effort to balance the “company way” and the “local office way.” What works in one may not work in the other.

If “the company way” is non-negotiable, make sure you have a local advocate who can reinforce your message and who can act as a set of eyes and ears to inform you of potential resistance. And be sure not to blame the messenger; instead thank them for helping you help the others eliminate their sources of resistance.