I sit here trapped in my COVID cave more connected to people and things and yet more isolated and alone than ever. I imagine a lot of people feel some or all of these things, maybe even introverts :)
Watching as everyone is actively becoming an expert at how to get the most of your remote workforce, how to lift morale now that our work lives are essentially televised a few hours each week, how to manage a team from another galaxy etc...
As managers/leaders I'd like to acknowledge that I know it's tough to maintain the positive, inspiring exterior when the same problems your colleagues and team members are having are yours too. You know... Life.
I would also like to say thank you to all that have taken on these responsibilities and push forward like genuine super heroes, doing your best to show the strength needed in times like this and I can say with great certainty, is done with no expectation of reward or recognition.
We have a long road ahead and it's going to have new forks, off-ramps, construction and all manner of unfamiliar territory for all of us to navigate.
And while it takes the whole team, it's always more endurable with someone willing to take the lead.
To you I say you are very much appreciated and loved for your contribution and sacrifices just as we know that you appreciate the same in the people you work with every day.
PS: This article was first published on Chris Shyrock's Linkedin Blog