Crazy times. We get it. Small business and employers, here are some resources you might find helpful. We are here to support you from #desktodwelling.
US Department of Labor: Wages, Leave, Insurance and More Resources to Prepare Workplaces for Coronavirus
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19
The Small Business & Technology Development Center:
Many resources, including a Guide to Conquering a Business Crisis
Currently, these are the books I'm reading:
Indistractable by Nir Eyal
I admit to being very easily distracted. I think to some degree we all are. I love resources that help me keep my mind and life in order. One way that I keep reading new content is via my Audible App. Because I am constantly in motion, I need to be able to read. Don’t get me wrong, I still hold the book in my hand. Often times to be totally focused, and present in my reading I will do both at the same time. What I learned from Nir Eyal is not a magic potion. It is a practical framework for decreasing the amount of distractions in your day. It’s a great read, and he gives away a FREE 80 page workbook to go along with the content so you can really apply what you are learning. One tidbit, that I give all of the attendees of my sessions: Don’t get overwhelmed with trying to apply all of the suggestions at one time. Apply one or two that really resonate with you, and start that rhythm. Then, add another to the rhythm. Every effort that you give to take control will be rewarded with you being more efficient with your time.
The Motive by Patrick Lencioni
If you have listened to me in any venue, within about 10 minutes you will hear me quoting Patrick Lencioni. I find him to be one of the most practical workplace authors around. I love listening to his podcast on The Table Group. He’s just a great guy, and his principles are not pie in the sky philosophies. In this book, The Motive, he begins with a fable about a CEO, Shay Davis who is struggling with his current role. He receives some “in your face” advice from a rival competitor, which helps focus Shay on a self assessment of why he’s in a leadership position and how to be more effective. In true Lencioni fashion, he completes the book, with a practical layout of his theory so that the reader can apply it to their own professional life.
There are signs to let you know when you are fully connected with your people. First of all there is a TRUST factor. We are not talking about that “stand in front of me, and fall back into my arms - cliche, team building type of trust.” We are talking about understanding that the intent, regardless of the delivery, is for the overall good of the common goals of the team. Trust alone affects so many other connecting signals. The second connecting signal is the ability to enter into “dynamic conversations” or conflict. When you can enter into dynamic conversations that are focused on the issues, you can solve problems faster. If there is NO TRUST, then conflict becomes political, personal, and emotional. People no longer work effectively together. People begin to blame each other instead of working toward active solutions around the issues. Certainly, when this is happening in your relationships with your team, you are not going to achieve your desired collective results. It is important that you actively work towards productive and trusting relationships with your team in order to achieve the greatest outcomes.
Your relationship to the mission of your organization keeps you both anchored and focused. Since I became an entrepreneur, my business has experienced many storms. Literally, within the first six months of opening, hurricane Irene busted through my community leaving a wake of destruction in its path, including my home and office. Immediately we were forced to move in with my in-laws and begin the rebuilding process which took about a year and a half. My anchor didn’t exist between the brick and mortar of my home. It was the actionable purpose of my business and how my business showed up to the business community. I was focused on providing resources that would help my clients thrive from desk to dwelling, all the while providing me with revenue and flexibility. I learned how to pivot while staying firmly rooted in my mission. That’s what anchors do. They allow ships to stay firmly rooted in the bed of the body of water while the water churns violently on the surface. When you are firmly linked to your mission - your anchor, chaos can be swirling around you and you will remain calm focusing on the priorities of your business. Without a close relationship to the mission or anchor of your business, the chaos will become an element that will get you off course and leave you feeling lost. Do you need clarity about your mission? Does your organization feel chaotic or like they are in the middle of the storm? Let me help you get the anchor of your mission firmly planted within your organization and keep you focused on your ultimate destination.
Getting through life from desk to dwelling can sometimes be a challenge without the right tools. That's why I created this podcast to create a space where we can meet and I can invite some of my friends to share with you practical, inspirational, and professional tools to help you thrive.
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