More value, better world! 3 strategies to apply during challenging times.

I was recently listening to author/podcaster Adam Grant share a story about NBA Basketball player Shane Battier. Shane was a highly recruited basketball player in high school that made the decision to play his college career at the Duke University and won a national championship. He went on to play in the NBA and noticed he wasn’t as talented as most of the other NBA players. He didn’t dribble as well; he was much slower and knew he needed to find an edge to play in the league. He leaned on his knowledge and looked for different ways to add value for the team. One of the ways was his knowledge for understanding statistics. He could help the team understand where players were most likely to shoot from or how to guard against an opponent’s weakness… It wasn’t about his athleticism, but about ADDING VALUE to the team.

Last week, our Texas SHRM District 2-chapter leaders met on a zoom video call along with our CLA (Core Leadership Area) Membership Director to talk about ways to add more value for our SHRM members and future members. In the past, we have mostly talked about strategies to get people in our community to attend lunch meetings and socials for us to share information about our association. We would bring in a speaker to share value on an important topic, then Covid-19 Coronavirus showed up and our world changed… But did it change our mission in our organization? Did it change our mission in the workplace? Our circumstances changed, but our values continue to lead us. We just need to look for new ways to add value to our organization. In fact, there has never been a more important time for our work. Business leaders are look to us for information to help make decisions. I have noticed some employment attorneys like Dustin Paschal, John Hagan, and Kate Bischoff share updates on new laws, and how we can navigate as employers and employees during this challenging time. This is incredible service by these business professionals.

On a bigger stage, there are companies adding value during the COVID-19 Crisis!

  • Billionaire James Dyson Confirms His Company Will Make An Initial Order Of 10,000 Ventilators In The U.K.
  • Apple donates 10m face masks to healthcare workers for coronavirus relief effort. Chief executive Tim Cook said the tech giant would also provide “millions more” masks for the hardest hit regions in Europe.
  • Gap Inc. is using its factories to make masks, gowns, and scrubs for healthcare workers

So, what can we do in our organization? Many times, it seems like there isn’t much we can do… but there really is a lot we can do to make impact! Here are a few things we are doing to add more value from a Texas SHRM perspective that can be applied in the workplace:

  1. Host virtual meetings… Continue your business meetings and keep people engaged. I saw Jimmy Fallon doing the tonight show from his house. I also hosted a family virtual meeting with my brothers.  Stay visible and connected!
  2. Share, Share, Share. You don’t have to be the employment attorney to share legal updates. Once you attend a meeting, share information or takeaways with others! I recently attended the John Maxwell Leading Through Crisis Summit and shared this link with people in my network. Find Your lane and share!
  3. Reach out and connect. People are really struggling right now and a simple call or text can go along way. Reach out and let family, friends, business partners and others know you are thinking of them. Send them a letter or a note. We are all in this together and need to lean on each other during these difficult times.

I want to encourage you to keep looking for ways to add value and encouraging others in your path. We are definitely in unprecedented times, but need to remember our most important work is ahead of us. The more value we can add, the more people we can help!

I love the brand by SHRM, “Better Workplaces, Better World”… Just think, when we add more value, we can all contribute to a better workplace and better world!

How are you adding value during this challenging time? Share below and let’s get through this together!

Quote of the week:“Little things lead to big things.” Mel Robbins

Call to Action: Reach out and connect with people every day. Get involved. Be intentional and make someone’s day! It’s a great way to add value…

This has been A Relocation Minute on “More value, better world ” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page. Also, check out to review my leadership book “Find Your Lane” or leadership journal “Milemarkers” both available on amazon.

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