ENGAGED. TOGETHER. ON TRACK
Response to COVID 19 created a remote work force almost overnight. In order to survive companies had to adapt immediately. As a result, so did the individual. There is valid anxiety ranging from economic uncertainty, job security, and a host of challenges affecting both our personal and professional lives.
The black and white picture is me. It's not a staged photo. We were a week into quarantine and my wife captured a real moment we can all relate to. How do I explain to my kids why they can't go to school as they melt down 10 seconds before I need to join a Zoom chat. Just as it's my turn to speak the dog barks or throws up...
We begin to wonder does anyone care? Can anyone tell I'm sitting in my car? Is my team even working? Will we be in business in 3 months? If so will I be a part of it? My schedule keeps getting interrupted and I feel unproductive. Now it's evening but I feel frustrated instead of engaged during family time...while everyone else seems so happy on social media...our thought cycle can be vicious if we don't know how to control it. I was recently asked about some of these questions by Jack Heath of IHeart Radio. A link to our conversation is below.
There is a positive side. Much of one actually. Companies are finding they can save expense associated with on-site real estate and invest elsewhere. Individuals are overwhelmingly claiming they are more productive at home and prefer to do so.
Companies that can embrace the advantages while solving the inherent challenges will thrive in adversity. As leaders we can choose to hope for the best or fight and write our own story. This is the war corporate leaders face.
As a a good college pitcher I developed so much anxiety I could no longer pitch. I learned how to overcome anxiety eventually becoming a sniper in special operations. Later due to casualties sustained in a helicopter crash, I was made a team leader. I made many mistakes but learned fast through experience and mentorship from senior operators. Below is an article I wrote on leadership just after the COVID 19 quarantine.
What you'll learn
Setting a Standard
Sources of Confidence
Creating a Team-First Mind
Communication and Accountability
Creating Relentless Motivation
High Pressure Performance
Never Quit-Manage Burnout
In addition, an article from Harvard Business suggests a "working from home relaunch to help their teams learn to reorient" and doing it regularly. I am assisting executive leadership teams in this process.
Since the quarantine, I've been able to provide motivation and instruction through virtual keynotes, panel discussions, and consulting with companies such as Advance Partners Paychex, Toyota, Connection IT, BANKW, Nixon Peabody LLP, Spartan Race and others. The reviews below indicate they are just as effective at increasing performance through mindset and culture as live training. They're offered at 20% reduced rates because I can fit more events without having travel days on the calendar and get more time home with my family.
Companies Investing in Virtual Team Building
Since the switch to the remote workforce, Advance Partners Paychex, BANKW, Connection IT, Spartan Race, Nixon Peabody LLP and others have invested in virtual sessions with Jason