Amongst the slew of things I do poorly , I have a few areas of competence. One, in particular, is that I’m always prepared. Yes, like a Boy Scout.
I like to be in control of my life.I also love a good crisis; it’s often when I do my best work.I also like to prepare. I always prepare the night before to ensure I start my day at full steam!
Does the world need one more blog post about managing teams remotely? Yes, exactly one more—this one. In order to be prepared 😉 as this seams will take longer that what we though and businesses, either we like it or not, will be different once we leave this behind us!
Here’s a shortlist of virtual leadership practices to considering integrating into your morphing-by-the-hour leadership role to help your teams stay engaged:
1. Schedule and lead short, daily video calls with your entire team.
Connection is key to culture, productivity, and most importantly, resilience and calm. Even the most disciplined of us can “go off the ranch” after reading an inflammatory tweet, provocative social post, or hyperbolic articles (which are reproducing like rabbits) and allow them to warp our sense of reason. These calls can be short, fast, and fun. Don’t forget to balance gravity with levity.
2. Create a text or email chain with your team members.
Start each day with a short check-in—not a check-on. “Hey team, good morning. Let me know if anyone has any issues developing you’d like to share with me one-on-one. Let’s all take 12:00- 1:00 today and totally check-out with some lunch and exercise. Hope your day is productive and calm. Everyone, please respond with a short update that you’re okay.”
3. Invest time to call each colleague daily with no agenda, other than to listen and help.
Ask what you can do for them. How you can clear the path? What’s in their way? You might uncover some obstacles and issues that might be constricting productivity or driving fear.
4. Be vulnerable.
There’s a fine balance of projecting strength in tough times and also being real and relatable. Everyone wants to work with a leader who is confident and also humble. Balance those traits in every interaction.
5. Demonstrate empathy.
Be mindful of how much you’re listening versus talking. If you were to talk less, could you learn more about what’s really going on in people’s lives and offer some wisdom, or even better, a nonjudgmental ear with zero solution? Be deliberate in laughing more. Lighten the mood. Remember, leaders are the linchpin of culture—in the office and now, virtually. You still lead the mood and have a chance to create unforgettable conditions for high engagement.
6. Don’t forget to take care of yourself.
Paranoia and fear are self-fulfilling; so are joy and gratitude. Try your best to focus on what you can control and release your anxiety from what you can’t.I can control the health of my family and positively impact the spirits of my team. Think globally—act locally.
So I will say this: Everything is figureoutable (thank you Marie Forleo). To some level.
How is this disruption impacting you? Can you get creative about figuring out solutions to issues that are likely coming your way?
80% of your results will come from 20% of your activities—are you focusing on the right ones? You and your teams need to get ready!
All the best