The Social Production Collective and FOMO

Microsoft has unveiled two new Power Apps to add to its Teams online collaboration package, with Bulletins and Milestones arriving as line-of-business applications for Dataverse for Teams. 

Microsoft has just added two key tools to Teams. If I have had the privilege to speak to you over the past 12 months you’ll remember we spoke of the Social Productive Collective (S.P.C.) and the fear of missing out (F.O.M.O.).

You discovered the the SPC is a driver of productivity in and out #WFH of the workplace. Now Teams has Milestones and Bulletins added to Teams. It’s about damn time Bill.

Ive spoken about the need to create the SPC “feel,” “driver,” and “pressure” while we are all working from home #WFH. Milestones does this perfectly.

“Milestones improve collaboration for these cross-functional teams by creating a central place to track status and updates. This app can be pinned to the team’s channel or on the left rail for easy access.”

-Microsoft

You’ll remember from our webinar #Nar that the SPC is made up of may tools and drivers. However, Milestones is a huge tool. It does some heavy-lifting. Use it. Today. In addition to meetings, virtual huddle ups, one on one meeting #touchpoints and other accountability tools you are (should be) using to create the SPC.

Bulletins, as the name suggests, is about keeping work teams informed as they’re working remotely during COVID times.

“Keeping your team informed of the latest company news and information is critical in normal times – even more so when team members are working remotely during the pandemic.”

-Microsoft

Remember the part of my talk #Nar where we were discussing the virtual townhall that all leaders are (should be) doing over a month. Bulletins is a real time, daily, weekly tool to scratch the itch of FOMO. Your team member feel FOMO at an oppressive level working remotely – when time were good, normal or whatever they want to call it 2 to 5 years ago. I’ve worked with remote, #WFH teams sine 1996. FOMO was a big deal then (No, we did not call it FOMO. Thank you social media for giving us a pithy acronym) it’s a bigger deal NOW that almost all of us are working remotely and communication is asynchronous.

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No one is coming for you.


It’s not easy to think of the statement. Most of us have support. Most have friends and a social circle. However, most don’t want to go to these people with their “issues” and struggles. I suggest you should. It might help. Connect. Talk to a friend. Not to complain or moan and groan to them but to talk it out with someone safe. Someone who won’t judge you or try and fix the “problem.”

But before you talk with them…

YOU MUST SAVE YOURSELF.

Help yourself before you go and talk to someone by imagining no one is going to save you. No one is going to fix your shi… stuff. No one is coming for you and YOU MUST SAVE YOURSELF. What will you do?

After you do this exercise a few time you will start to develop the ability to be comfortable being UNcomfortable. A topic I know all too well. All 103 triathlons, 6 marathons and 35 ultra running races gave me all of the introductions and practice I needed to build the mental machinery to be comfortable being uncomfortable.

When the sting of NO ONE IS COMING FOR YOU hits you and it will. Sit with that feeling. Let is stay with you. Don’t diminish is. Don’t ignore it. Don’t talk yourself off the ledge of uncomfortable. Stay there. Okay. Then what?

Become curious. Curious about what you feel. Curious about where that feeling is coming from. Curious about all of the feelings and their origin. Just let curiosity take over.

How would Jeff Bezos solve this problem? What would Charles Bukowski do with this trouble?

After you spend 10-20 minutes (what!?!?!? 10-20 minutes!) Yep. Then shift into solution mode. Let yourself see some solutions from another persons perspective. Imagine you are Steve Jobs. What would Steve Jobs do with this problem? How would Jeff Bezos solve this problem? What would Charles Bukowski do with this trouble? (Okay, maybe not how Bukowski would handle it) Maybe you have a parent or grandparent that is a great problem solver – what would they do with this pile of crap?

Solutions you are not going to see sitting there in a pile of woe is me.

This opens your mind to seeing different solutions. Solutions you are not going to see sitting there in a pile of woe is me. This works best after sitting in curiosity. It’s the primer. The grease that lubes up the solution pipeline.

What you should have before you now are some ideas.

What you should have before you now are some ideas. I know some will be over the top ideas. Far fetched. Not doable unless you have the Billions of dollars that Bezos has but you will also have some that have some “life” to them.

Formally brainstorm and tease the viable ideas out. See where they take you.

If you still feel like talking to a friend go for it.

Understanding sleep chronotypes and how knowing yours could help you…

In my experience working with high performers for the past 25 years most high performance individuals know their own chronotype.

Most know I’m a morning person, afternoon person or evening person.

Being sure is crucial to getting the most out of yourself day after day.

Here is a very accurate (short of a 23 and me DNA test) online quiz that will determine your chronotype.

Click here to visit AutoMEQ the quiz site.

I encourage you to reach out to me after you take your quiz so we can discuss maximizing your chronotype. Email me and mention you took the MEQ quiz and we will set a FREE 30-minute maximizing session.