With our first year of remote work behind us, leaders are increasingly questioning their ability to lead and influence virtually. The problem they are discovering is that most well-intended efforts are not as effective as they were a year ago. Why? What is happening?
Consider your colleagues for a moment, they are all going about their day trying to achieve their tasks and objectives set before them. They have their own unique set of challenges, frustrations, headaches, and loyalties. When we are together and in-person, we hear more about their struggles throughout the day. Our ability to check-in is predictable and comes without great effort. It is easier to empathize, grab lunch or coffee, and learn what is going on in other's lives. But as we are now distanced, the inaccessibility has dramatically decreased our ability for regular check-ins. In Arbinger's language, the situation has invited us to the slow and insidious practice of seeing others as "objects".
We are all vulnerable to seeing others as "objects" - and when we do, it strongly influences how we respond—to a coworker with children playing in the background, a colleague not turning on their camera for a team meeting, or a spouse also in need of getting their work done.
Is it the distance making this hard or our inward mindset? Join us for a 90-minute engagement as we explore this question and share some simple but effective tools that will help your organization come together, no matter where they are located.