We recognize that communities throughout the United States (and the world) are working hard to address longstanding, systemic racial inequality and injustice. Even as we join in the efforts to support such initiatives, we also believe continuing to share perspectives via this #talentswithoutburnout series can help people better understand one another as unique, talented individuals who should be celebrated and supported, regardless of their skin color or national origin.
In times of change our professional and social networks often morph. Usually this means a simple exchange of "old project" colleagues for "new project" connections. Within the context of our current pandemic, making social connections has been hemmed-in in dramatic fashion -- social distancing, travel restrictions, even something as simple as a professional handshake is now a no-no. For those WOO® talents, if not appropriately supported, they might begin to experience burnout through the following:
Being constantly asked or required to keep their social circles small and simply maintain connections with people they already know could prove emotionally exhausting. Those with WOO talents often build and fulfill their emotional energy reserves by making new connections.
Fewer social gatherings, professional association get-togethers, and in-person business meetings might mean that team members with WOO® talents may be feeling they can’t meet or impact people like the used to.
Inward initiatives are prioritized over outward initiatives. With so many companies focused inward, trying to manage their own responses, outward connections may be tending to take a back seat, leaving your WOO-talented members feeling unneeded.
Just because our world is changing and how we meet people is different doesn't mean you and your team will stop meeting people and making connections. Those on your team with WOO® talents can and should be at the forefront of your efforts to keep connected. To ensure they don't burnout and keeping offering their best:
Invite them to make connections via the web presentations put on by local groups. As more organizations realize the reach of digital presentation platforms, the more people can be connected worldwide. For some this might seem daunting. For those with WOO talents, this is where they thrive.
Within the context of our current pandemic, these talented individuals might play a wonderful role in making connections with collaborative partners who can help think out a shared pandemic response plan.
Want a one-two punch as they make connections? Partner them with some who has a Learner, Analy series can help people better understand one another as unique, talented individuals who should be celebrated and supported, regardless of their skin color or national origin
Provide as many opportunities as possible for your WOO talented team members to create and host their own virtual get-togethers with prospective clients or professional connections. You don’t have to fly them anywhere so use the money to fund a high-end Zoom or GoToMeeting account. The age of digital connection and presentation isn't going away.
As with coaching any individual, their combined set of talent themes will effect how their WOO® talents show up, and how to best manage them. As a beginning, next time you check-in with them, try asking,
How are you continuing to make new connections?
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