March 30, 2020

Bench Services during COVID-19

Josh Gentine

While some may be more buffeted than others, COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way everyone around the world works and lives. The old cliché of tech startups having the monopoly on remote work no longer applies, even the stodgiest of companies can now lay claim to a virtual ecosystem. Supply chains are impacted regardless of industry. And the emotional impact on workers is not exclusive to a few; it is everyone.

These facts have precipitated the need for me to work in a different way and help companies solve new problems, problems that surfaced in hours, not months. Because of this fact, I wanted to dedicate some attention to the work Bench can do for you and your team now and in the coming months as we emerge from this crisis.

Leading vs. Managing through the Crisis

Problem: The abrupt shock to your business is forcing you to manage day-to-day activities in a way you hadn’t previously, preventing you from leading your organization the way you need to be.

Solution: Bench helps leadership teams diagnose the root issues and works with you to develop a plan to realign your work and free you from the operational minutia, allowing you to focus on how to seize the opportunities that exist in this time of crisis.

Team Dynamics in a Remote Work Environment

Problem: Your teams are struggling to work together while operating remotely. Conflicts are surfacing and interpersonal dynamics are strained – issues you hadn’t experienced in the past. These challenges are beginning to have a material impact on your operations and ability to meet customer expectations.

Solution: Bench facilitates virtual team dynamics sessions, using assessment data, one-on-one conversations, and team roundtables to help create constructive interpersonal dynamics and break the tension, develop individual’s conflict resolution skills, and foster the team cohesion needed during this crisis.

Executive Advisory/ Coaching during this Crisis

Problem: The speed, complexity, and gravity of the COVID-19 shock has left you struggling with a sense of control – personally and professionally. Perhaps this feeling is new to you. Or maybe you were already pushed to the limit in your role and now you’re at a near tipping point. Either way, now you need safe, unbiased perspective on decisions that need to be made for personal, professional, and organizational success.

Solution: As an executive coach and advisor, I work one-on-one with clients as they navigate complex decisions and personal challenges that surface throughout life. My approach is to focus on the whole person, not isolating issues but looking at all facets of someone’s personal and professional environments to help them sort through their most complex issues.

During this time of crisis, your instincts may be telling you to hunker down and retreat to safety or run for the hills, but the reality is you need to face these challenges head on. This is the moment to embrace the idea that if you can’t get over something, get into it. You don’t have to do this alone; Bench can provide the support and guidance you need to navigate the complexity of the moment. If you, a friend, or colleague needs advisory support during this unprecedented time, please get in touch via LinkedInemail, or call/text at 414-651-6166. Now is the time to take action.

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