How to Prosper in Uncertainty
Welcome to a new way of living. As we all are hunkered down in a self-induced quarantine, learning how to go at life a little differently can be difficult at times. In order for us to continue to be safe and well — and continue to be productive — JMac Consulting presents an inspirational mini-series on how to adjust to our new lives.
VIRTUALLY POSSIBLE SERIES
Losing your mind yet? Suddenly trying to juggle kids and your job simultaneously? Having a difficult time communicating with your team through a computer? Or maybe you’re avoiding the tough, but necessary conversations because you don’t want to seem impersonal?
We at JMac Consulting are launching “Virtually Possible”, a suite of quick hit video clips, webinars and articles to help keep you and your team motivated. Your world has been virtually turned upside down. We’re here to help.
May 18, 2020
Every one of us is trying to determine our new normal. Do we go out? Do we wear masks? Are we exercising responsible social distancing?
As a leader, one of the biggest questions you may be asking yourself is, “Should we go back to the office?” If so, how?
As we develop potentially anxiety-inducing plans to head back to the office, let’s create the most optimal and intentional mindset first.
Before you brainstorm, plan, and execute, ask yourself:
Why are you returning to the office? Is it because your own feelings of isolation have hit a cabin fever pitch? Are you afraid your employees are taking advantage of their time at home? Or can you legitimately cite an objective, calculable rationale that warrants taking appropriate measures to do so in a safe manner?
You can determine if your return plan is sturdy by vetting it against your fears. If you are bothered by issues that others don’t understand, chances are good that you are making decisions based on bad memories, grudges or blind principles rather than sound judgment. Face the flaws in your thinking and revisit your strategy.
Do you possess sales and/or productivity data that supports your desire to reconvene your workforce? Have you surveyed your staff to gauge their comfort levels? Or are you making decisions based on how you feel and how you believe or assume others feel? Have you already started working from the office with no detrimental consequences? If so, you may be falsely assessing the safety of asking others to follow suit.
A lease? Assets that you no longer need? Your need to control the situation? Having a sense of control is critical to our well-being; yet oftentimes, we go about gaining it in detrimental ways. Do what you need to do to clear your mind and find power in your vulnerability.
Oftentimes the human brain defaults to either/or. In this case, it may be ‘either we all continue to work from home or we make a plan to return to normal.’ Chances are good there’s a third option that needs permission to surface.
If you aren’t the only decisionmaker, you may be facing a stalemate or dissent. This is the moment the value of a hierarchical structure shines through. One person is ultimately accountable for the final decision. If you are operating from a more collaborative structure, then you may have to revert to a vote. Regardless, once the decision is made, EVERY leader must get on board with it.
Consider this: whatever mental, emotional or behavioral challenges you faced under normal circumstances are now being amplified. Disallow your mind’s distorted view from coloring your logic and focus your attention on the most mutually beneficial solution.
All non-essential workplaces and employees are having to turn ‘business as usual’ on its head. Leverage this understanding by creating alternative means to a productive and profitable end. We all want to resume what we once knew – unless, of course, there was a nightmarish commute involved.
Together, we can discover and commit to a new normal that allows us to thrive in spite of dire threats. Caving to desires increases our risk. Creative, collaborative problem-solving mitigates this risk. Remember, you don’t have to have all the answers. You need only pure intent and an open mind that allows others to contribute to an innovative game plan.
Maybe instead of returning, it’s rejuvenation that we seek.
March 30, 2020
If you’ve ever taken a personality profile, you are probably familiar with labels like Introvert, Extravert, Feeler and Thinker, among others. Some of you may have never taken one, while others have taken over a dozen. If you’re among the former, simply go to www.16personalities.com to get your first (free) personality assessment underway.
For those of you who already have your personality acronym in hand, here’s a quick guide to leveraging the best of you:
Are you having trouble navigating the many personalities on your team in your new-normal virtual workplace? Ever wonder how much more productive you and your colleagues could be if you could just get on the same page? Through a series of webinars and coaching sessions, JMac Consulting can help your team better understand each other and solve recurring relationship and communication challenges. After working with JMac Consulting, your team will be able to experience higher levels of camaraderie and cohesion, and will be able to work together successfully in a virtual environment. Contact Rebecca Turk at [email protected] for more information.
March 27, 2020
Now that your daily routine has been turned upside down, you have a huge opportunity to initiate new, healthier habits. This will not only keep you sane, but could turn out to be the best lifestyle intervention you’ve ever had!
Since we all share the goal of increasing our steps and becoming healthier, below is a quick guide to doing so in a new, energizing way.
“Did you say love?!” Yes. Coming from a place of compassion helps us all to make tough situations more palatable. It allows for us to make decisions that help everyone win: customers, team members and the business itself. It doesn’t mean that everyone is happy with your decisions. But it will generate empathy when the pure intent behind it is obvious.
Pay attention to how healthy your behavior is during these challenging times. Taking the steps above will help you train your brain and reprogram your behavior so that in the end, this time of quarantine not only protected you, but brought out the best in you.
Interested in this Series for your Organization?
Contact Rebecca Turk at [email protected] to learn more about our Virtually Possible suite of low cost, high value virtual content including quick tips, webinars and articles to help keep you and your team motivated.
TOPICS OF DISCUSSION
- How to lead successfully in a virtual environment
- Foundational shifts and changes in a virtual workplace
- How to co-habitate with family and friends
- How to handle tough conversations virtually
- And many more!