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Strategies for Reframing Challenges as Opportunities

Kids disrupting your virtual meeting? COVID-19 disrupting your everyday routine? Uber disrupting the taxi industry?

Disruptive innovation has been around for a long time. Yet the impacts of a global pandemic forcing billions of people to work from home has added new perspective to the word “disruption” and its ability to act as a catalyst for lasting change.

Harvard Business Review recently published an article entitled “6 ways a crisis can help you cultivate a growth mindset” where they provide tips for managers looking to leverage the transition to remote work to nurture a growth mindset in themselves and their teams. In summary, it’s important to be patient. Be more intentional about normalizing the process of learning and remember to model the way. Reset expectations, revisit established practices, and get to know your teammates better during this “new normal”. Although this process isn’t easy, a growth mindset in our present landscape can help teams better coordinate, innovate, and come out all the better for it. After all, if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.

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