On Friday, September 17, we hosted the Catapult Institute Workshop – Transcendent Teams…Building Diverse, Dispersed, Digital, Dynamic Teams. Facilitated by Kim L. Mitchell, VP of Program Strategy at NPower, the workshop explored the changing leadership and management practices required in this new era of exponential change. We examined how to build and maintain high performing teams at the intersection of a pandemic/post-pandemic period, discussing new layers of complexity that deserve deep reflection on common practices and dramatic changes in how we behave in the future. We took a deep dive into the characteristics of creating dynamic teams – and how we define and measure productivity, diversity, and team dynamics in this new environment.
Kim led us further into exploring leadership behaviors and attributes we need to add or modify in our toolkit. The workshop also included the focus and attention on racial equity and workplace flexibility, ensuring we were in it for the long haul and not just for the season. And finally, we discussed what business as usual look like in order to attract, retain, and inspire teams going forward.
After much discussion and group activities, Kim led a panel discussion where George Suttles, Keith Timko and Ronna Brown gave examples of leadership and how to create psychological safety in these times.