A Life-Line for Navigating COVID-19 Workplace Changes: Leadership/Executive Coach Linda Liang
As Illinois begins to make steps toward safe reopening, employers and employees are finding it to necessary to reevaluate structure, roles and priorities. Enter Dr. Linda Liang, president of the Lake Forest-based Organizational Resources LLC, WBE, WOSB. "The traditional workplace has changed drastically in a very short period of time for many. Leaders who have grit, and agility and know how to motivate and maximize team performance will thrive and survive in this new world," says Liang.
Dr. Liang has developed recommendations for employers handling rapidly changing workplace dynamics due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She is a valuable resource for organizational leaders as they lead their teams through an assessment of this new work environment, create or tailor leadership development programs, design virtual programs on change and conflict management and coach individuals and groups to be agile, take risks and make rapid decisions.
"Company leadership styles and approaches are undergoing rapid transformation. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a significant amount of businesses and their employees to work from home." Techniques that worked in the past are now obsolete.
Liang's recommends focusing on four key action areas as companies begin to navigate through the unprecedented uncertainty of today's and tomorrow's business world:
• Think: What do we need to do right now?
• Do: How can we enhance our spirit of spontaneity so we can move quickly and effectively?
• Assess: What is working? What is not? What needs to change?
• Revise: What do we need to do differently to adapt?
Per Liang, "This new working environment and its quick and unexpected transition hosts an abundance of challenges for businesses and employees, but it also is filled with opportunities. Now, more than ever, it critical for leaders to promote camaraderie, communicate often, and work compassionately with their employees."
Liang has more than 25 years of experience in leadership development and coaching. With a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology and experience working with Fortune 100 companies in manufacturing, healthcare, banking, higher education and non-profits, Liang provides insight and guidance surrounding employee engagement, coaching and connecting and helping leaders handle disruptive change, among other topics. For more information on Dr. Liang and Organizational Resources, call 847.712.9002 or visit www.orgresources.com.