This week, we learn how to lead video meetings, explore how OKRs can keep your team on track in uncertain times, share how to help employees with COVID-19 while keeping the rest of your staff safe, and learn how Polar explorers stayed sane in isolation.
This week’s growth quote:
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”Walt Disney
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If you’re conducting meetings over the video, this is the primer for you. Brush up on how to keep meetings on track, get the most out of your team, give presentations on screen, and how to fix technical issues when your IT team is miles away.
How can you help an employee who has COVID-19? In a nutshell, show empathy. In times of crisis, the formality that comes with hierarchy softens. Then work with your HR partner to track down other employees they were in close contact with, in order to minimize spread.
Polar explorers knew how to deal with tedium and isolation. Get tips from people who survived intense periods of confinement in the Arctic (and lived in darkness for four months out of the year) to help get you through your quarantine. Music, journaling, and board games were key.
Being clear about your company’s objectives and key results (OKRs) is key year-round, but it’s especially important in times of crisis. OKRs can act as your North Star, keeping everyone from the C-Suite to junior employees on track. John Doerr gives a deep dive into how to set OKRs and stick to them. After all, he learned from Intel’s Andy Grove, their inventor.
If you missed the last recap, read it here: WFH When Kids Are Your Coworkers, Paid Leave Laws Explained, and Leading vs. Managing In a Crisis.