S4E1. Making Our New Normal Better with Roxanne Kaufman-Elliott, Brian Comerford, and Nick Lozano

This has been a wild year for all of us. From a leadership perspective, we have to be cognizant of all of the changes that are occurring—as well as how they are affecting our team. We have to be aware of how we are addressing these roadblocks that come up as we continue to navigate the pandemic for the foreseeable future.

That’s why I brought together a superstar team of past guests and leadership experts: Roxanne Kaufman-Elliott, the founder of Roxanne Leadership, and Brian Comerford and Nick Lozano, co-hosts of the highly successful podcast Lead.EXE.

We are all facing exhaustion from the added stressors in our lives and the lack of social contact. When Roxanne noticed this with herself and her team, she started opening up conversations with these three questions:

  • What’s going on in your head?
  • What’s going on in your heart?
  • What’s happening to your body?

As a way of coping with all of this change, it’s also important to tap into your creativity and make the most of the changes that we’re presented with. Whether it’s building, writing, painting, or anything else, it can do wonders getting away from the screen and breaking up your routine in new and interesting ways.

We also have to look at adapting to the digital environment we are in, because guess what? It’s not going anywhere. Nick’s suggestion is to look to the world of Twitch streaming, where gamers of all ages have mastered the art of digital interaction through broadcasting software, chats, overlays, and more. There’s a lot we can learn from streamers about presenting information and holding people’s attention.

And lastly, it’s important to keep your body feeling good. When we’re home all day, it’s easy to lose those excuses to get up and move throughout the day—even short walks around the office are gone. Keep movement in mind, schedule regular breaks, and try to incorporate physical activity throughout your day. Just because we’re at home doesn’t mean we have an excuse not to work at it!

We may never go back to normal, but we can adapt and create a life that allows us to continue to thrive in whatever environment we are in.

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