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Friday Connections Recap - 7/10/2020 - 16 Things We've Learned in 16 Weeks

As we continue through this season of change, Your Clear Next Step is committed to helping our customers make their businesses and workdays even better. We will be here to walk beside you, to listen, to connect, and to aid in your search for clarity.  In doing so, we are offering a free, weekly Zoom calls.  The post below is from the last edition of Friday Connections.  Starting Monday, we'll move to Monday Messages at 8:30 Central Time on Monday mornings.

These calls are a chance for us to share tips and discussion about relevant topics (working remotely, maintaining consistency in uncertain times, building relationships across geography, staying motivated, staying connected, etc) and network with each other to provide help and support during this time of change.

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us today!  Starting Monday, July 13th, we'll be meeting at 8:30am on Mondays instead of Fridays. Watch social media and next week's post for the link to join!

On today's call...

16 Things We’ve Learned in 16 Weeks

  1. Work from home is really a thing
  2. How we spend our time shows others what matters to us
  3. Teachers are under-appreciated
  4. There’s always someone to care for
  5. Don’t sweat the small stuff, but do sweat the big stuff
  6. “Tough communications” are even tougher if we can’t be face to face
  7. There are heroes everywhere
  8. Sweatpants are comfy, but it may be false comfort
  9. Technology can create connections that would have been otherwise missed
  10. Mischief-makers don’t have to ruin it for all of us
  11. If you put a light in front of you, it’s better
  12. Too much “tech” and not enough “touch” is not healthy
  13. You’re never really alone
  14. Something simple could save a life
  15. If something needs to be said, say it
  16. We can agree to disagree, but we must co-create greatness together

A few thoughts that were shared by the group: 

  • Being intentional about how we spend our time makes #2 above work
  • Knowing someone else’s communication style is important to a successful conversation
  • Gratitude matters, find something to be grateful for
  • Change is hard, and it’s a process and a journey
  • You get what you measure, it’s fun to see that play out
  • Celebrate successes and learn from mistakes and keep getting even better
  • The reality of the crisis helped us adopt to some technology changes faster than we might have
  • If you have a skillset (like technology), you may be able to use that to help others achieve their goals (like a techie friend helping a piano instructor set up Zoom piano lessons which benefits the piano instructor, the young pianists, and their parents!)
  • Many of us have learned more self-reliance – when you can’t bring someone in to do it for you, you may have to learn to do it yourself
  • We’ve made better friends with the people in our neighborhood
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About the Author

Sinikka Waugh

Sinikka Waugh is a recognized leader in understanding people and in adapting tools, techniques, and processes to meet the demands of the situation at hand. Since 2006, Sinikka has provided compassionate leadership in transformation initiatives. When she isn’t in front of a class, she enjoys putting her background in English and French Literature to work, by writing blogs about the subjects she teaches every day.


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