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Zoom, scrum, Slack, async—the terms and tools we use to organize and manage our work didn't exist a generation ago, and Covid has dramatically accelerated the rate of change. Change means opportunity, but only if your team is willing and able to adjust to new information, new people, and new opportunities.
Query for you @Marshall Walker Lee - do you think change can only happen when embraced? Or is there a way to bring about change without even trying to bring about change?
PS - I agree with you. Just trying to see if this^ sparks more thought.
@Christine P_ Dela Rosa that's an interesting question. I guess my point is: Change is going to happen no matter what. Embrace it or don't—it's still coming for your team.
My hope would be that we don't necessarily "try to bring it about," but instead we learn to develop practices that treat change as the water we're all swimming in.
Attachment and resistance to change seem to be baked into the cake of human psychology, so this project of embracing change is super difficult. It involves promoting curiosity and continuous learning above almost anything else, and it requires us to be more vulnerable and more tolerant of small failures.
Maybe the short-term opportunity is reducing the amount of time teams spend tail-spinning as a result of unexpected changes (to staff, to the products we sell, to our customers' needs and expectations). Make change expected, and design your team to bounce back quickly.
I like it. Solid end takeaway.
I've seen this absolutely crush companies in other industries. The pace of change is happening faster than ever but clearly going remote thanks to the pandemic is a watershed moment in most industries, including tech.
You would expect well-known, desirable tech companies like Apple to be onboard with this. They changed the music industry, and then changed the phone/computing industry. But they've pushed for a return to the office rather quickly, although they had to suggest four different dates to return to the office because of the changing circumstances. This has led to some Apple employees quitting.
The lesson here is that nobody is immune - not even the companies who've changed industries or society. Perhaps, especially not the big changers.
Interesting...I hadn't heard about Apple's desire to get back into the offices. So much for "Think differently"
Many companies have adapted in a "forced" way, but I know that many are looking forward to all this to end to return to the offices because basically they do not believe in remote work
Some have worked wonderfully for them but others have not. Let us remember that behind each screen there is a human being and not everyone reacts in the same way.
It is a complex issue and the perfect situation unfortunately does not exist