Six Ways to Come Back From the Pandemic With a Stronger Team
Working from home has accelerated innovative team-building trends
The future of work arrived out of nowhere, on the back of a once-in-a-century pandemic. Team dynamics got challenged as members dealt with illness, trauma and crisis. We've all been forced to rapidly and radically adapt to new working norms. The Ferrazzi Greenlight Research Institute has spent more than 15 years studying high-performing teams, but I've never seen entrepreneurs rise to the occasion as they have this year.
When the crisis subsides, the temptation will be to turn back that progress and retreat into old behaviors. But entrepreneurs need to shift from overload to shared load, and to practices that can transform team performance to find unexpected growth--and lower unsuspected risk. Let's not go back to work; let's go forward.
We've been examining great remote teams since well before the pandemic. The most effective ones, we've discovered, were committed to going beyond collaboration to what I call co-elevation. This is a "we will go higher together" attitude toward the mission and with one another, matched by distinct co-elevating practices that enhance performance. As I describe in my new book, Leading Without Authority, the work of a true leader is to promote a shared sense of responsibility among the team.
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