Relearning leadership: the art of inspiring remote teams

In our weekly WORKTECH Wednesday Briefing, we feature the thoughts of US Army General Stanley McChrystal in leading people through an era of crisis and complexity

With WORKTECH’s professional live conference series paused due to the coronavirus pandemic, we continue to reach out to our 10,000-plus Academy members, WORKTECH attendees, speakers, partners and sponsors through our weekly WORKTECH Wednesday Briefing, which shares new ideas and perspectives with our global network. Our latest edition is posted on 5 May 2020.

New philosophy for leaders

WORKTECH has introduced a new ‘live’ series for our network, WORKTECH Webinars, which   every week features leading experts in the field in conversation on the key topics of the day. In our first WORKTECH Webinar, hosted on 30 April, celebrated US Army General Stanley McChrystal – a keynote speaker at WORKTECH London 2019  – joined WORKTECH’s Philip Ross in a debate about how the role of leadership is changing in these unprecedented times. McChrystal shared a new philosophy for leadership and team curation whereby the role of leaders is to boost team morale, inspire and motivate.

Given the current pandemic crisis, Ross and McChrystal discussed the uncertain future of work and the importance of adaptability for organisations to become more resilient in the future. There is an opportunity, they suggested, to move away from the status quo and stop using the excuse ‘because that’s the way it’s always been done’, and instead look at every problem as unique which requires a unique solution.

Managing complexity and virtual communication is a challenge many leaders face at this time. McChrystal suggested that now is the time for leaders to take a vested interest in the wellbeing of their employees because there are no longer any physical cues to pick up on when a member of the team is feeling low. This led McChrystal to conclude the discussion by sharing three key digital leadership techniques that he employed from conducting virtual meetings of up to 7,000 people. View the webinar in full here.

Where next for the future of work?

The next WORKTECH Webinar, scheduled for Thursday 7 May, will feature in WORKTECH chairman Philip Ross in conversation with Sir Stuart Lipton, the leading property developer behind Broadgate, Stockley Park, Chiswick Park and 22 Bishopsgate, and Despina Katsikakis of Cushman & Wakefield. They will examine where next for the future of work and the broad-reaching complexities of the current crisis. What the post-Covid-19 workplace look like and how can organisations begin to cope with a new normal? Sign up for the WORKTECH Webinar here

Seven predictions beyond the virus

Finally, are you struggling to get a grip on the top-line changes likely to take effect in the aftermath of the pandemic? Marker, a publication aimed at entrepreneurs and CEOs, has boiled it all down to seven key predictions. Remote working, accelerated automation and telemedicine are set to be the big winners from the current crisis. View the predictions here.

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