Special Series

Insights and Tips to Help You NOW…and Beyond!

The response to COVID-19 threw everyone into the remote and flexible work deep end and said “swim!” NOW.

Well, we’re here to catch you.

Reimagining where, when and how we work, and manage our lives, is just beginning. It will not look the way it did for a long time, if ever.

The upcoming weeks are critical.

It’s time to prepare to succeed in what will be an evolving, flexible new normal.

We developed a special series of essential insights and inspirational tips for leaders, teams, and individuals specifically tailored to “Reimagining Work (and Life) Through Crisis.”

The goal is to use our two decades of experience implementing strategic work flexibility to put structure, intention, hope, and inspiration around what, right now, may feel very overwhelming. We’ll do this by focusing on five principles:

  • Keep It Simple
  • Start with Where You Are
  • Make It About Intention Not Perfection
  • Prioritize, Communicate, Re-calibrate
  • Leverage the Learning

Join us as we focus on the key pillars of Work, Life, and Leadership during this important six-week journey.


How Can We Help You Reimagine Work (and Life) through Crisis…and Beyond?


Six Weeks to Flexible Work + Life Success:
LIVE Insight Sessions
Tuesday and Thursday 12-12:30 pm EST

Cali Williams Yost will facilitate a series of LIVE Insight Sessions. During these sessions, she will spend 15-20 minutes sharing a key belief, process, and/or skill that will set leaders, teams and individuals up to succeed during the most extreme “safe at home” phase of the crisis and beyond, followed by Q&A. All sessions will be recorded and archived on this page for future viewing.
Join us! Sign up HERE.

Beyond Crisis–Leading Resilient, Flexible Workplaces:
Leader & Expert Insights
STARTING May 1st

What’s next? How do you leverage the trial-by-fire learning from the COVID-19 crisis response to build a flexible, resilient organization positioned to succeed now, and in the future? Cali Williams Yost will record and share 30-minute discussions with some of her favorite experts who will share insights into what it will take to lead others and ourselves…today and in the flexible, evolving new normal that’s to come. Starting May 1st!


Week 6

Insight Session: Five Next Steps–How to Keep Reimagining Work (and Life) Beyond the Crisis | Tuesday 5/26 12-12:30 pm EST

It’s clear that the COVID-19 crisis is going to be a marathon, not a sprint.  What are the next steps we can take to continue to run our businesses, do our jobs, manage our lives and restart the momentum of our economy while staying as healthy and safe as possible?  Cali Williams Yost will share a specific action that each organization, leader, manager, team, and individual can take as we move into the next stage of the pandemic…and beyond.


Insight Session: Six-Week Series Review and Wrap-up–From “Deep End” Overwhelm to Possibility| Thursday 5/28 12-12:30 pm EST

Join Cali Williams Yost as she reviews the topics we covered over the six-week series.  She will share why she chose to discuss specific insights during a particular week and day as the pandemic response progressed. There was a logic that introduced and reinforced key themes to create a framework of action to move you from “deep end” overwhelm to greater awareness and mastery of new ways of working and managing life…AND she will answer your questions LIVE! Join us REGISTER HERE.

Expert Insights: Leading the Shift to High Performance Flexibility | Starting 5/29


Elizabeth D. Moore, former Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Consolidated Edison Liz Moore is one of the most visionary leaders we’ve had the pleasure to work with.  In 2016 until her retirement at the end of 2019, she voluntarily led the process that would transform her 200-person Legal Department into a high performance flexible work culture, an experience from which other leaders can learn important lessons many need right now.  Stay tuned!

Week 5

Insight Session: Avoiding Common Work Flexibility Traps: Singular-Focus, “All or Nothing” Action and Randomness|

Organizations are starting to announce where, when and how work will be done in the next stage of the crisis. If headlines are a gauge, many risk falling into three common flexible work traps: the rigid, singular focus trap, the extreme “all or nothing” trap and/or the completely organic “randomness” trap. We’ll analyze the myopic, singular focus on “remote work”, CFOs announcing they “are radically reducing their real estate footprint,” and fear related to U.S. Congress’ shift to remote voting and talk about the three questions to avoid the traps. 

Insight Session: What We Did Right:  Step Back, Take Stock and Celebrate What Has Worked to Move Forward

So much has changed so quickly and there are many difficult challenges ahead. But, before we move forward in this evolving, crisis-driven reality, let’s take a few minutes to step back, and celebrate some of the examples of ways we did pivot as an economy, as organizations and as individuals, and talk about how to build on that success to do our jobs, manage our lives, run our businesses and reboot the economy, as safely as possible, in the next stage.


 

Leader Insights: What Will Leadership Have to Look Like Through the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond?

Kenneth Freeman, Dean Emeritus, Management & Organizations, Boston University’s Questrom School of Business and Former CEO, Quest Diagnostics.  On Friday 5/22, Cali Yost will share the video recording of what promises to be a masterclass of leadership insights. Distinguished business school dean and Fortune 500 CEO, Kenneth Freeman, will share his thoughts on how traditional leadership styles will have to adapt to lead flexible, distributed organizations that keep their people healthy but also respond to difficult economic challenges ahead.  Stay tuned!

Week 4

Insight Session:
Leveling Up: Take Communication and Coordination to the Next Level

Three months into this radical, crisis-driven reset, we’re starting to move beyond just trying to adapt to a whole new way of operating. There’s some space to step back , and start to think about what’s working and what can be done better and smarter. This is particularly important as it relates to how you are communicating and coordinating with your direct reports, colleagues, and customers. In this Insight Session, I will share tips and stories to inspire you to think about how you can take the way you communicate and coordinate to the next level. 

Insight Session:
Caring for and Coordinating with Those You Love
(and Live with)

Any next phase COVID-19 work and life reality must recognize that 45 million children in the U.S. are not in school. That doesn’t include the kids who aren’t in childcare because their providers are not open or the adults who don’t have access to their regular caregivers. Then there’s the coordination of workspace, technology, and time with partners and roommates working and living in the same place. In this Insight Session, I will share some of the tools and resources to help navigate a path through as you negotiate how to care for and coordinate with those you love and live with.

Week 3

Insight Session:
Mindset Shifts: Why Work is a “What” and Flexibility Isn’t Always “Fair”

With no wide-scale testing, tracking or treatment for COVID-19 available, flexibility in the way work is done is the only piece of the process to rebuild economic momentum that is currently in place. So why isn’t it front and center of every next stage plan? It has to do, in part, with two specific mindsets that need to shift.

Insight Session:
Habits and Moments to Physical, Emotional & Mental Well-Being

The greater the disruption in work and life, the more intentional the priorities that support our physical, emotional and mental well-being need to be, especially when faced with the unique challenges of this pandemic. Cali Yost will share the habits and moments that are part of her #QuarantineDailyRoutine and wants to hear what you are doing!

Expert Insights:
Lessons in Trust and Engagement Learned from Leading Distributed Teams

Sarah Milstein is the Senior Director of Engineering at MailChimp. Throughout her career in tech and media, she’s gained deep experience leading distributed teams and writes about it often in Medium. Sarah joins Cali Yost to share lessons learned about trust and engagement of a remote workforce.

Week 2

Insight Session:
Shared Leadership: Trust, Performance and Empathy

Shared Leadership between managers, teams and individual employees is the foundation of a successful flexible work culture. In this session, we’ll cover how, in this crisis, it requires a unique combination of trust, performance and empathy to develop and maintain.

Insight Session:
Boundaries and Intention…But Not Perfection

Reimagining work and life also requires rethinking how we set boundaries to get our jobs done in collaboration with those we work with while taking care of ourselves and the other priorities in our lives. In this session, we will learn the secrets of the work+life fit “naturals.”

Expert Insights:
How the Pandemic Forced Us to Disrupt Ourselves in Real-Time

Whitney Johnson, the leading thinker on innovation through personal disruption, joins Cali Yost to explain how COVID-19 threw everyone onto the new S-curve of learning related to remote and flexible work overnight. She will provide critical context and guidance for how leaders can approach and leverage this new reality.


Week 1: Kick-off Insights Sessions

Introduction:
Reimagining Work (and Life) Through Crisis

Join Cali Williams Yost for a new six-week series, “Reimagining Work (and Life) Through Crisis”. This important series will take a deep dive into preparing you & your organization to succeed in an evolving, flexible new normal.

Introduction:
Seven Truths of Work and Life

We are watching the real-time destruction of the artificial boundary between work and life. Join Cali Yost in the second installment, as she reveals the “Seven Truths of Work & Life” in #COVID19 crisis and what this means for you and your organization.


Ways We Can Help You Reimagine Work (and Life) through Crisis

For two decades, Cali Williams Yost, one of the world’s foremost experts on the flexible future of work, has understood that flexibility in where, when and how work is done is mission-critical in good times…and bad.

To that end, Yost and the Flex+Strategy Group have helped organizations build dynamic, future-ready cultures that attract and retain an engaged, diverse workforce; increase productivity and innovation; enhance employee well-being and maintain operating continuity when faced with unexpected disruptions, like COVID-19.

It’s the reason organizations like Columbia University, Harvard University, and others reached out to Cali in the early stages of the crisis. As one client noted:

“At a time of great uncertainty, Cali was able to create an informative and valuable opportunity that helped reframe our new remote work circumstance. With very little time to prepare, significant new challenges facing our audiences and the need for delivering an appropriate tone, Cali delivered real solutions.”

Our commitment is to tailor solutions to your unique goals and needs. To get started, here are some examples of ways we can help you reimagine work through this crisis and beyond:

Crisis Audit: High Performance Flexibility Ecosystem and Culture NOW

The Flex+Strategy Group team will use our proprietary High Performance Flexibility Ecosystem and Culture frameworks to analyze the current state of flexibility in how, when and where work is done in your organization. This process will give you insights into the next stage actions that will prepare your organization for success during the crisis and beyond.

Training: Manager and Employee Skills and Tools for the Evolving, Flexible New Normal

In response to COVID-19, managers, teams, and employees may have been thrown into the flexible work deep end, but this virtual training series will give them the skills and tools they need to succeed. They will learn how to leverage work flexibility, technology and workspace (on and offsite) with strategic, coordinate intention as the realities of the business and the broader economy continue to evolve.

What’s Next? Developing a Responsive, Hybrid Remote/Onsite Flexible Work Strategy

This planning process is for organizations that want to develop their ongoing strategic response to the evolving challenges posed by COVID-19. After initial “safe at home” mandates are lifted, how will your business shift to a more hybrid remote/onsite flexible work reality? We help you develop and implement a culture-based approach that allows your people to actively leverage the possibilities at the core of technology, work flexibility and workspace (on and offsite). The Flex+Strategy Group team will build on the work done in the Crisis Audit (above) to begin to help you map out a next stage action plan.

Beyond the Crisis: Building a High Performance Flexible Work Culture with Intention

At some point, this crisis response to COVID-19 will end as testing, tracing, and vaccines emerge. This will allow organizations to step back, learn from and optimize the rapid shifts in where, when and how people were forced to work. They will have an opportunity to build on that foundation and continue the flexible work culture shift process, but with strategic, deliberate intention. The Flex+Strategy Group team will help leaders answer the questions who are we now, where do we want our Ecosystem and Culture of High Performance Flexibility to be, and how do we get there?

Strategic Advisory Retainer

Right now, leadership teams are getting their bearings, reviewing their COVID-19 response to date and considering what still needs to happen with regard to where, when and how work can be done to execute the shifting priorities of the business. Cali Williams Yost can support that effort by offering her deep, broad experience from two decades of successfully making flexibility in the way work is done part of the cultural DNA and strategic decision-making process of the business.

To learn more, email us at info@flexstrategygroup.com. We look forward to helping unlock the power of culture-based flexibility in the way work is done for you and your organization.