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Together Remotely #1

Published: May 05, 2020

Disasters always teach. Some lessons come fast. Other lessons appear slowly and other lessons are only available with a significant passage of time (i.e., in hindsight). As businesses, governments, communities and families have locked down in-person interactions to reduce the impact of Covid-19 on our health care systems, they have imposed crash courses on a broad range of information and communication technologies (ICT’s).

ICT’s have jumped front and center across all facets of life from the personal to the professional to even the spiritual. This means that the Great Lockdown has brought with it the equivalent of a rapid mass literacy program covering a vast array of ICT’s which have the potential to provide the world with an enormous windfall once we push through the tremendous cost associated with the Great Pause (more blogs on this to follow in the coming weeks). 

It’s been more than ten years since I launched Ninety.io’s parent Humalytix (HLTX). To me, it was super clear way back then that we already had a strong grasp of the core insights, disciplines and tools (IDT’s) that one needs to build extraordinarily productive, humane and resilient businesses (one of my personal favorite examples being those collected by, and presented in, Gino Wickman’s book Traction) and that it was time to build the ICT’s that would make it Almost Easy for leadership teams to not just embrace, but cascade, these IDT’s (like EOS®) down and throughout their organizations.

For years, it has been clear to me that the slowdown in productivity growth in rich societies was less a problem of stagnation in technology than a combination of factors including comfort with the status quo and a little fear of the unknown. Let’s just look at some of the genuine benefits associated with remote work: less traffic means less congestion, smog and road rage; less demand for oil and all of the geo political complexities associated therewith; more opportunities to better match work with talent; and more time with our friends and family.

That said, many companies have been reluctant to embrace adding remote workers to their teams because of a host of fears including perceived losses of command, control and / or productivity. I’m not suggesting everyone work remotely by any means. We are hugely social creatures (I write about this in our ebook Remote Best Practices) and oftentimes the best ideas — those that really push a business, a community and / or the economy’s productivity forward — are the spontaneous outcome of unplanned, face to face interactions. We want both the mingling that breeds innovation and the widest possible take-up of that innovation. 

As a Certified EOS Implementer® and the CEO of Ninety.io, I talk to companies virtually every single day (yes, even on the weekends), have access to a ton of data and I can assure you that the companies that have mastered EOS and are running on Ninety.io, despite being Together Remotely, are moving through the Great Pause with a confident sense of who they are, how they are doing (from the tops to the bottoms of their organizations), where they are going and what they need to do. 

Can you and your team say this about your organization? If you can, great for you and your team! If you cannot, you may want to consider registering for the EOS Conference that is coming up on May 13-15. If you attend, I am confident you will not only learn a lot more about EOS and Ninety.io but how to be a dramatically better leader and business builder.