One of the many terms highlighted by the pandemic has been “asynchronous” – referring to learning and/or working at different times and places. We haven’t had much choice while working from home but my clients are realizing that there can be real challenges to this approach.
Paint the Big Picture
Think about a jigsaw puzzle of an elephant. If you haven’t seen the picture on the box you wouldn’t know that your piece is the knee. It is too easy for each person to focus on his or her part of a project and overlook how the pieces fit together. When the leader paints the big picture of success and everyone’s role in achieving it, the team can work in synch with clear priorities and refresh the picture as the project evolves.
Make the Connection
To nurture connection between team members in an asynchronous environment, I recommend inviting each person to talk about how others are contributing. Regular live interaction and gratitude are essential to reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Staying connected to the big picture and to each other are two ways to make the best of our asynchronous world. If you are feeling disconnected, I encourage you to reach out to someone. They are likely feeling the same way.