Capture your team’s pandemic stories. Record these together, review them together, celebrate them together. Today, tomorrow and future-forward.
Because the large, and often small, and always human actions we take towards each other and our clients are our testimonials. Our collective legacy to the one common denominator we all share, moving forward. We live in, and hopefully through, this pandemic. A pandemic which will be with us for a while. A pandemic which redefines who we are, as people of worth and as professionals of worth.
If you told me on March 12th, 2020 that I would write a blog post with this title on April 7, 2020, I would not have believed you. That was then. This is now. And we are all in this, together. Regardless of whatever story, or whoever’s story, we choose to believe.
Consider capturing your team’s pandemic stories as part of your daily check-ins and reach-outs.
On March 12, 2020, most of us would dismiss our stories as insignificant or unimportant. Mainly because our stories with the greatest impact involve small actions we take. Actions which are so second nature to us that we do not necessarily associate these with making our numbers or fulfilling our KPIs.
On April 7, 2020, we still dismiss these stories, because these pale in comparison to the large-scale numbers and actions taking place in our respective states and countries. However, think about it. As I work with my clients on legacy storytelling, these small stories are a big deal to employees and clients. And always have been.
Because our legacy stories, our team’s pandemic stories, are agnostic to yesterday’s perceived differences between people based on job titles, pay grades, levels of education, generations and professional disciplines. Our new personal and professional currency is forged by our mindset and action taken: today, tomorrow and moving forward.
The stories you read on social media and news reports are about people just like you, doing small things like checking on neighbors. Reaching out to team members who appear a little bit “off” during the plethora of virtual meetings in which we all are engaged. And yes, embracing the risk of moving mountains in their organizations on behalf of serving clients.
Stories about how people take time to be human, first, instead of focusing on making their numbers or fulfilling key performance indicators.
These stories are the seeds of your team’s pandemic stories. Stories which become your collective professional legacy and your employee’s and clients’ experiences.
You have stories to tell, even if you do not fancy yourselves as storytellers. Yes, you are far more comfortable wielding the tool kits of your trades or professional disciplines. However, moving forward, the stories we remember as our legends involve people leveraging tools and skills so they become more human. And that professional legacy is the one we just may think about leveraging, future-forward. Together. One millimeter at a time.
Get started capturing your team’s pandemic stories at your next team meeting. Contact me here for an affordable, simple, streamlined, one-hour Zoom (of course) coaching session. At your convenience. And please be safe, stay healthy and maintain your social distance to keep others healthy.
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