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Before We Hit that Beach to Explore

Who’s ready for the beach?:)

I hear you.
After a year of caution, almost every conversation with friends now is about the next travel plans, beach plans, and the plans of getting together with loved ones. I’m still at awe about how much time has passed and yet how swiftly we all adapted to our new way of working. I’m yet to take any transportation since March 2020; thank you D.C., for being so walkable! That being said, this very stage we are in – some excited to reunite, some feeling unsafe, and some unsure of what to do reminds me of the importance of psychological safety in everything we explore – work and life.

As you prepare for that trip, think about how that process feels if you did not trust the people you were meeting. Or if you felt they didn’t have your back should you run a little late. How would that planning feel? No matter how beautiful that beach or restaurant is, I bet it wouldn’t feel as wonderful and safe to explore with that creeping feeling of doubt.

This feeling of having each other’s back, feeling trust, reassurance, appreciation, and feeling like you can be yourself is so invaluable!

And as I continue my workshops and coaching sessions, I’m realizing too many of us feel that it is a bit lost as we worked online. Many are unsure how to design a workplace where we could feel comfortable to explore, ideate, and support one another while we work online. How do you communicate “I got your back” when you can’t do high fives or stop by your colleagues’ desks as you used to?

It’s important that we design our workflow, communication flow, and process that includes a cue of safety and trust. Before we hit the button to ask people to explore, ideate and contribute, we have to first ask if they feel comfortable to show up as who they are.

And I wonder… only if as many of us who are planning our next trip to the beach could realize our power to redesign the new workplace and re-channel that energy, I wonder how much more fun there would be in the office.

Easy? No, certainly not. But the efforts we put in now will certainly make an impact. And maybe the processes and workflows in our workplace will end up being just as fun as it is to plan our next trip to the beach.

It’s not impossible when we put in the effort – with intention.

With love,

Founder & CEO, InnovatorsBox

About the Author

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Monica H. Kang

Monica H. Kang, Founder, and CEO of InnovatorsBox® and Author of Rethink Creativity is transforming today’s workforce through the power of creativity. She helps companies rethink culture, leadership, and team development by making creativity practical and relatable regardless of industry or job title. She has worked with clients worldwide including Fortune 500 companies, higher education, government, and nonprofits. Monica’s work has been recognized by The White House, Ashoka Changemakers, National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Prior to InnovatorsBox®, Monica was a nuclear nonproliferation policy expert. She holds an M.A. from SAIS Johns Hopkins University in Strategic Studies and International Economics and a B.A. from Boston University.

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