1. During the time of the Coronavirus, it is important to protect your business community and the citizens of your country by feeding on courage.

  • Protect the time you spend alone by reading about great leaders like Winston Churchill who led with great resolve.
  • Watching too much television and news coverage can set you on edge and increase anxiety unnecessarily.

2. We are all in the process of adapting processes and behaviors. Use this time of working remotely to build high performing teams and create stronger teams.

  • Review your policies and create procedures so that your employees’ opinions count.
  • Review your policies to ensure that employees get to do what they are best at and have a path to review progress and develop as professionals.
  • Set procedures in place to give recognition or praise to employees for good work on a weekly basis.

3. During this period where employees are working remotely, routines and patterns are more important than ever. Keep in place the habits that cause you to be at your most effective.

  • Set up your workspace so that you have good lighting and a comfortable chair.
  • Take a lunch break and take regular breaks during the course of then workday.
  • Pay attention to drinking enough water and eating balanced meals.

4. Encourage your employees to learn to build reserves of courage and strength.

  • One of the greatest sources of courage is to study the World War II generation and emulate their sense of duty, their resourcefulness and their resiliency. The advice of grandparents will provide safety and guidance at this time.

5. Act to care for the elderly, widows and for individuals with compromised immune systems. Ensure at this important time that they feel loved and cared for.

  • Ask if you can go shopping for these older people. Pray for strength for their immune systems.
  • Look for ways to help team members who are caring for elderly parents at home.

6. With the need for social distancing, adapt your business and leadership practices so that team members feel even more close-knit and cohesive.

  • Act so that teams can continue to produce at a high level. In conference calls, video chats, and video conferences, take time to highlight and focus on team victories.
  • Focus on keeping thankfulness at the forefront of your thinking. Spend significant time thinking about and speaking about what you are thankful for.
  • Spend one hour on-line together each week where employees speak about the dreams they have for their business and their city to grow and develop. 

Anne Kalvestrand is the Executive Director of the Art of Peace Institute which is a research institute based in Redding, CA. Her team acts for the peace and progress in the Middle East and in the U.S.

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