Tips for Ensemble Leaders Returning to the Office

Written by Amelia Terrapin

July 30, 2021

This moment – as we transition back towards in-person work – is ripe for building a purpose-driven ensemble.

Now more than ever, taking time to reflect and mindfully choose how you want to work towards your visions for a better world is an act of creativity that will fuel your purpose.

Here are three levels of reflection for ensemble leaders returning to the office:

SELF: Reflect solo in your journal or voice memo

  • What have you learned about yourself over the past year?  How have you changed?
  • What parts do you want to keep? What are the positive developments? Positive practices? (walk 3 times a day, take calls on walks)
  • Is there anything you want to leave behind?

RELATIONSHIPS: Reflect with your team or family

  • Is there anything you miss about being at home? What do you most appreciate about being back in person?
  • What parts do we want to keep? What are the positive developments that have emerged?
  • How do we want to be working together as a group a year from now?

PURPOSE: Reflect with your team or family

  • Is there anything you miss about being at home? What do you most appreciate about being back in person?
  • What parts do we want to keep? What are the positive developments that have emerged?
  • How do we want to be working together as a group a year from now?

Initiating these kind of conversations is an example of what we call ensemble whispering… small but powerful acts that over time add up to create the nourishing soil for your team’s purpose to thrive. Notice the subtle energy shifts on your team in response to having these conversations together.

The last year and a half has disrupted so many of our entrenched norms. Harness the unique opportunity of this moment to discern what kind of culture will best enable you, your team, and your vision for a better world to flourish.

As I’ve talked with our Mobius community about the return to in-person work, here’s what I’ve heard:

“I want to leave behind the ‘running myself into the ground’ approach I had to work.”

“I want to continue to make time for myself… to create alone time where I can be with myself and have space for introspection.”

“I want to leave behind the idea that the only way to get work done is to sit in an office for 10 hours a day.”

“I want to leave behind the fear of being my full self in spaces that sometimes feel like they are only willing to welcome some pieces of me.”

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