I wouldn't be who I am today if I spent my career working remotely. I have had the opportunity to work for half a dozen large complex geographically dispersed organizations. Traveling to healthcare and financial institutions across the west, making presentations to small and large groups, sitting in meetings with business leaders and board members, dealing face-to-face with grumpy leaders, users and employees, and building relationships with peers are examples of experiences that have forged who I am. You are not going to get these types of interactions sitting in your home office.
It is going to be very difficult to grow as a manager, director and executive without these types of face-to-face experiences which may be harder to find in the post-pandemic virtual world. You should strive to find opportunities for in-person experiences both one on one and in group settings. Let's have an open discussion on how to ensure they happen on a regular basis.
Sunday, August 21, 2022
I sent this note to my teams in July.