All Personal YouTube Channel. Crisis Management Playlist.
The Elephant in Our Living Rooms
I've recorded a mini-series of videos related to managing virtual teams in a crisis, such as the one we're going through with Covid-19. I hope this helps all of you who are now part of a team that became 'virtual' overnight.
This kind of virtual / remote work is not 'business as usual' for anyone, not even for those who were already working from home or used to managing virtual, remote teams.
This is crisis management, and managing a team that met face to face until yesterday and now suddenly became a virtual one is definitely not easy, and absolutely different from managing virtual teams as part of everyone's usual job description!
What do we do in a crisis? We all get very emotional. A health crisis is particularly emotional and personal, because what is more personal than our family's and our own health and safety?
It all comes down to surviving, both as a person and as a business, because now, more than ever, business became so personal and the personal impacts the business in ways we couldn't have imagined before 2020! Definitely not what I imagined when I chose 'All Personal' to be the name of my business, but that's another story. Or is it?
The point is, business and personal are currently one and the same thing.
We work from home, with our family around us, with maybe no place to set up as our 'home desk' or not even a proper desk. We need to improvise and adapt, which means we also need to be patient with ourselves and others, and be more flexible in our approach if we want to get to the other side together and in one piece, especially mentally.
We all have an elephant in our living rooms right now which we cannot ignore.
Talk about it, address feelings and concerns and then start planning for the future, whatever that future may mean.
For some, it does mean we go through this together.
For others, it will mean they get laid-off or that their business will cease to exist.
Whatever comes, leave no surprises on the table. Make communication as open as possible.
In an environment where the earth moves beneath our feet by the hour, the last thing we need are any more surprises!
Email meto ask any questions on how to manage your virtual team in this crisis, from daily comms to motivation and engagement.
Experiencing this crisis from the service provider's perspective, I noticed super high levels of engagement and commitment from people around me in helping others as much as they can!
So, together with managers and leaders across industries, we've started a series of interviews to make your remote work a smoother experience, especially in a crisis.
These are professionals who are working virtually as a rule and who manage virtual teams all the time. I'm so grateful to each and every one of them for sharing tips and tricks from their experience.
In this issue, I talked to Golubina Markovikj, Strategy and Transformation Leader, who's worked with teams across Canada and the US. See below her tips for successful communication with virtual teams.
If you are a leader experienced in managing virtual teams and would like to contribute to this series, pleaseemail me.
Free One Stop Shop:
Music, Yoga, E-books and More
I've created a special web page where I will regularly add resources to hep you swim these virtual, quarantined waters!
I added videos, leaders interviews and useful resources, such as free Yoga classes you can do at home, free classical music to help you focus while working from home, e-books and articles on virtual work.
This page is our dynamic one stop shop! I will keep adding information to it.
If you have resources that you found useful and you'd like to share with others, email meand I will add them on the page.