Six months into the pandemic, we need to embrace recovery at work and at home, with Johanne Lavoie

Inspired by her own methods of coping with the pandemic, Johanne draws on her experience as a Master Expert in leadership at McKinsey to offer tips for building recovery and vulnerability into team cultures. Johanne’s ways of using rest, connection, and reframing in her own life hold valuable lessons for leaders seeking to bring vulnerability to their teams.

Inspired by her own methods of coping with the pandemic, Johanne draws on her experience to offer tips for building teams that can adapt and continue performing.

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Six months into the pandemic, we need to embrace recovery at work and at home, with Johanne Lavoie

Make connection and recovery your team’s priorities

We all need time to recover and adjust to the new normal. This means that both you and your team need to find ways to build rest and reflection into the new state of work. One way to accomplish this is to emphasize recovery and build breaks into the project cycle. Another way is to focus on connection. For example, one of Johanne’s clients has a check in with their team where they answer the question, "what have we learned this week?"

Help your team reframe challenges, and even find silver linings

For Johanne, an unexpected benefit of the pandemic is having her daughters at home. This silver lining fit right in with Johanne’s practice of exploring the positive sides of challenging experiences. To help your team reframe their situation, start by discussing what’s going well, despite the circumstances. By changing your team’s perspective, you could discover unique opportunities or overlooked silving linings.

Have empathy for yourself and your team

In a previous interview with Johanne, we mentioned how leaders often struggle with vulnerability. Months later, with more pandemic experience under her belt, Johanne wants to remind us that it’s understandable for leaders and teams to be struggling. The pandemic continues to put many of our basic needs - ex. connection, a sense of control, agency, belonging - under threat, making productivity an ongoing challenge. By understanding this framework, we can better understand why our work and personal lives feel out of sync, and why it will remain important to readjust and rethink our approach to WFH.

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