Past, Present, and Future of Teams Working Remotely

Step-up with new ideas, become better leaders and followers

Two friends are making a difference with their inspiration and innovation, thought I would share.

First, Brian Jones, he recently posted a short one and a half minute inspiring video that puts what “Great Teams” do when facing adversity and uncertainty. Though I can’t explain exactly how it made me feel other than to say, it reminded me of our innate human ability to “adapt and overcome” as individuals and as a team for the greater good.

As a U.S. Navy Veteran, the principles of teamwork began the second I went on active duty. Our bootcamp experience is fun to talk about now, not so fun at the time! This crisis has emphasized the power of teamwork when things are tough. My U.S. Marine friends taught me: Marines are trained to improvise, adapt and overcome any obstacle in whatever situation they are needed. They have the willingness to engage and the determination to defeat the enemy until victory is seized.” I think the very best civilian teams in America have embraced a similar philosophy in this pandemic and economic fight, learning to step-up with new ideas and to become better leaders and followers, “followers” the team can rely on to get things done.

For many not familiar with technology, it was a big adjustment when we were forced to use virtual tools and videoconferencing to communicate with our teams, patients, and clients. Human beings have a basic need to belong to a group and form relationships. We like to be together, tell stories, shakes hand, and high five, all in a effort to build team spirit and a common cause.

Can we create or maintain a team spirit when we can’t be together in person? Although not ideal, I think we have now proven it possible when needed. Perhaps we have also learned to appreciate what we are missing and look forward to the day we can once again interact in person.

Brian’s message also reminds us all that we are all in this together and we should pat ourselves on the back a little when we take stock of all the new innovations, processes, and successes accomplished. Actually, many have now proven to themselves that they can indeed adapt to change and can now wear a badge of pride in their accomplishment.

Thanks Brian for the reminder and inspiration!

Which Stage is Your Team In? The Three Stages of Team Response During Crisis

Margaret LaBattaglia and her team at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation (CPARF) and their annual fundraising initiative, STEPtember, is actually also a very powerful tool that can help your practice in at least a couple of interesting ways: Improving team cohesion and maintaining and strengthening your patient loyalty and relationships.

By participating in the STEPtember program, you help your team and patients take their minds off what worries them by knowing they are giving and helping others.

Studies show by turning our attention toward helping others, we make everyone feel better—ourselves included. By giving a team the opportunity to “make a positive difference in someone else’s life,” you trigger a “virtuous circle” that results in improved team relationships and overall wellness.

We are proud to support not only the mission of CPARF, but also our MedCV network with interesting solutions like this to help you managing this ever changing “business of healthcare.”

Take a look at their MedCV Teaming page for more info on how STEPtember can help you and your practice.


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You’ll also get industry insights, considerations, and even relevant practice information to help recover faster if disaster strikes again. 

We are always working on new App features and resources you might need. If you have any ideas or suggestions, email us at teammedcv@medcv.com


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Published by Niels Andersen

Founder and CEO of KontactIntelligence, MedCV, VetCV, and VeritasHealthCare. 40 Years in healthcare, 20 years in healthcare tech supporting Government and commercial health systems, physicians, as well as Veterans and their families throughout the US.

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