Hold a wacky sock day

Hold a wacky sock day

In this time of virtual meetings, it strikes me that teams are going to be missing a meaningful connection. It’s the one which happens when someone walks into the room. Or, when you bump into them in the hallway. “Nice socks.” Or, “I love your new haircut.” While this...

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Did a cat just walk by the camera?

Did a cat just walk by the camera?

Like so many people, I'm working from home. There are four humans and a dog living here. Thankfully, our house is big enough that I can usually find a quiet spot for a call or to think. However, I don't expect the rest of the family to stop living. Everyone's...

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It’s not business as usual

It’s not business as usual

There’s nothing normal about business these days. People are working from home while juggling work, child care, school work, pet care and more. For the moment, people are not as productive as they were a few weeks ago. To expect otherwise is unrealistic, and you will...

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Focus on the things you control

Focus on the things you control

A lot of people are stressed, given everything going on in their world. The problem is that stress impairs thinking, judgement, decision making, creativity, connection and much more. One cause of stress is when you cannot figure out how to control your environment....

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Losing your senses

Losing your senses

Do you know that feeling when you walk into a room and instantly sense something is wrong (or right)? Such feelings are information, and it can point to something needing your leadership. These types of feelings will still exist when holding virtual meetings. However,...

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Do we talk about ‘it’?

Do we talk about ‘it’?

Is it acceptable for a team to spend time talking about how they’re feeling or the latest news? Do you make the subject taboo? There’s no right answer to this, but as a team, it’s important to be intentional. Consider revising your team working agreement to include...

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Deep in thought? Give yourself a break.

Deep in thought? Give yourself a break.

With so many people working from home, one of the advantages can be the lack of interruptions. One of the downsides can be the lack of interruptions. Without interruptions, you’re more likely to get lost in your work for extended periods. Too much mental focus can...

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Time for another meeting? Take a break.

Time for another meeting? Take a break.

For many, their days are filled with back to back meetings. While this hasn’t changed given the current reality, something else has. People are not moving their bodies as much. They’re not commuting to the office, or walking between their desk and meeting rooms....

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Start all meetings with a celebration

Start all meetings with a celebration

There’s plenty of anxiety in the world right now. Teams are adapting to their new reality. Companies are pivoting to ensure their survival. Start all your team meetings by having everyone share a win. A win is defined as something you intended to do and succeeded at...

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What are you denying?

What are you denying?

Denial can provide an escape from thinking about something too painful to face. I know this to be true, as I was in denial last week. I was living as if what’s happening in China and Italy couldn’t happen here. Living in denial is not going to be good for me, my...

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