Creative leaders build teams that thrive in a crisis.

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we work. Many of us have to work from home. Each team member needs motivation, emotional support, and skills to effectively work remotely.

Help team members balance family life with their work so they can be more productive and thrive in tough times.

8 Benefits of Team Building

Genuine team-building focuses on the positive, builds your assets, improves team skills, solve problems, and opens opportunities. Something you won’t get by playing energizers and those silly games.

If playing games make 20 percent of your team members show that the other 80 percent are losers, you are limiting your teams. Unwittingly, you are justifying silos, underperformance, and unhealthy competition.

My name is Jef Menguin. Together with a team of professional team building facilitators in the Philippines, I design and facilitate team-building experiences to help your teams thrive (even in crisis).

Build Teams That Thrive

Today, more than ever, leaders need to enroll the support of everyone in the organization. Leaders must use every resource available to the organization and bring together the wisdom of everyone.

We need to support, inspire, and equip our leaders.

Even before the pandemic, I have advocated the use of online courses, virtual workshops, and webinars. That’s because the 4th Industrial Revolution is already here. There are countries who have been using the internet technology to educate their people.

The pandemic highlighted the importance of remote education.

But make no mistake. These virtual learning platforms aren’t typical. The typical ones are lecturers who do “death by powerpoint”. They kill you with bullets and boredom. Virtual education isn’t traditional training.

It is meant to be tiny, relevant, and engaging.

If you will let go of team building during a crisis, you are going to make a big mistake. Leaders need to learn how to take care of their people. They need new tools so they can design high-performance work (without being perceived as ruthless).

What Do People Want?

Remote work is not new. It does not mean “work from home”. Remote work is work from anywhere. At least, that’s how it was before Covid-19.

Today, most of us are in quarantine. We are encouraged to stay at home and do away with live meetings. We are discouraged to meet our friends, attend birthdays and weddings — or go to a parent’s funeral.

All problems can be solved when people work together. Leaders who walk in the shoes of people they serve inspires confidence and trust. They also get to use the most important asset in any organization: people.

Even those who work at home feel like they are in a big prison. Some feel that they are helpless, not in control.

This is why leaders need to see where people are coming from. The way we work have changed dramatically.

For example, Liza.

She has two daughters, age 6 and 8. Both are attending online classes. Her husband works abroad. Her house help went home two weeks before the quarantine.

She’s a member of three on-going projects. Each project owner demands her time. She felt she’s no longer working eight hours a day. She’s working 12 hours and still, her immediate supervisor isn’t satisfied.

There are many Lizas out there.

Each has unique challenges which their leaders need to understand. You can agree with me that leaders need to be compassionate. Leaders need to be creative so they can find ways to help employees feel that they are still in control and that they are in charge of their lives.

But not every leader knows how to do that, right?

These days, many training vendors offer team building programs. They offer games team members can have fun together.

I think virtual team building is an important step. Leaders can do make members of the team play online games — and they don’t have to hire me or anyone else. They can Google “virtual team building games” and I am pretty sure they can get dozens of good games.

But if you know me, I will encourage teams to focus on goals, not games. Team building is not about playing games.

In times of crisis, what we need is to feel that we belong.

The need to belong is greater in times of crisis. Everyone can feel frightened and overwhelmed. Leaders need to understand that people need to feel supported, cared for, and loved. People need to feel that sense of malasakit. They need the presence of the leader. They need to feel that they belong to the team.

This is why team building is critical. But not only the game type.

What people need is for everyone to provide support, enable a shared focus on the tasks, and provides the environment for team learning and innovation.

I was working on a new module while encouraging my son to pay attention to her teacher. He’s in grade 1. And he was complaining that the class was too long and too slow.

He was overwhelmed by the text-heavy slides on his iPad screen. My son is not yet a reader and his teachers are using words like pakikipagtalasan, pakikilahok, and stagnant water.

I am not blaming his teacher.

She was trying her best to navigate Google classroom, fixing her crappy microphone, and cursing (I imagined) her slow internet connection. She’s trying her best to get the children’s attention whose small faces show utter boredom. The most difficult challenge was to tell parents to mute their microphones as there is too much noise from adults who didn’t care.

She apologized often. She has a daughter and a son to attend to while teaching. Both having separate online classes.

Many teachers feel that they are not capable to teach online. They are not ready for it. There students are not ready for it too.

Consider your employees who are similarly situated.

Some leaders, unfortunately, don’t get it. Most people feel overwhelmed by too much work.

An IT guy told me that his work today is twice more difficult than before. His boss monitors his work every hour as if the former has nothing else to do.

In times of crisis, most people feel that they lack the competence to solve new problems and navigate the murky waters of “work from home”.

This is why leaders need to learn new ways of handling employees. They need to show compassion — and they need to find creative ways so employees perform at their best.

It is important that targets are hit and work gets done.

If you will let go of training during a crisis, you are going to make a big mistake. Leaders need to learn how to take care of their people. They need new tools so they can design high-performance work (without being perceived as ruthless).

A webinar or a virtual workshop provides leaders opportunities to see problems in new ways. As they learn human-centered tools and processes, they’ll find new courage to lead. They’ll feel capable.

Find Effective Solutions

Virtual Workshops and Webinars Bring Immediate and Better Results for Lesser Cost

We don’t have to begin from scratch. This isn’t the first time humanity met a crisis. Some people have experienced crisis worst than what we how now. We can learn from them.

We can also design new solutions. We are in the best of times too. Technology provides as opportunities to succeed better than anytime in human history. What’s important is we keep our core values intact as we try new ways of solving new problems.

Virtual learning goes beyond webinar, workshops, and online courses. Those platforms. More important that platforms are your system of educating leaders. I can help you.

To kickstart ourselves, I designed three programs I believe leaders need during this crisis. They’ll learn mindsets, strategies, and skills that will help them get ahead in the new normal too.

Here’s how to make virtual learning experiences that work (using the Menguin Learning Experience System).

01.

Discover Your Best

Begin with what you have when people work at their best. We strive to understand your situation. We pay attention to your strengths, opportunities, aspirations, and your desired results.

02.

Define Desired Change

Clarify what you really want to achieve, the change and the impact that you want to see. Our purpose is to move from X to Y immediately and well for minimum cost, effort, and energy..

03.

Design Learning Solutions

We consider multiple ways to solve your present challenges and seek (or create) new solutions. Then, we pick the best combination that promotes quick learning and engagement.

04.

Deliver for Results

Whatever platform we use – virtual workshops, webinars, online courses, or group coaching – our intention is the immediate application of vital behaviors and critical skills.

05.

Implement & Evaluate

True learning comes with practice. Even the tiniest learning unit may bring mighty results when implemented. Use various engagement strategies and tools to make change happen.

06.

Embed within Culture

You can 10x or even 1000x your investment when you keep your eye on the ball. The secret to our learning system isn’t the two-hour webinar or virtual workshop. The secret is discipline.

Who Is Jef Menguin?

Virtual Mentor, Keynote Speaker, and Learning Strategist

My name is Jef Menguin. I am a professional speaker and workplace learning strategist.

Though often invited as a motivational speaker, I don’t do what many motivational speakers do on stage.  That’s because I don’t motivate people. I help them clarify their motivations — and show them one or few things they can do to achieve what they want.  

I believe that the right combination of motivation, abilities, and opportunities bring success. Unfortunately, many motivational speakers will “motivate” you but won’t equip you.

As a workplace learning strategist, I don’t see myself as a trainer. Truth be told, I started as a teacher, and I trained myself to become an effective trainer. I practiced instructional system design.  But training is tactical. Not everything can be solved by training. So, it is wrong to start with a training needs assessment. I always begin with learners and users of learning.

I am a curator of learning. I believe that you do not have to overwhelm leaders with knowledge. One tiny unit of learning can make a mighty difference in leading people.  But to find the one thing leaders need requires expertise. So, it is not easy. But you will find learning simple and fast — and you will get it for lesser costs

Build Teams That Thrive

We can work together to design tailor-fit virtual team learning experiences for your teams. Each virtual workshop and webinar can be supported by online courses and email education.

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