"Leadership in Uncertain Times, Part II: Advice From the Chicago Tech Scene"
Below is part of an article originally written by Quinten Dol at Built In Chicago, and published on March 24, 2020. This part of the article is about PowerToFly Partner Relativity. Go to Relativity's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.
While Chicago techies are busy setting up home offices, completing work projects, wrangling stuck-at-home children, washing hands and surfaces, and checking in on loved ones, we're also watching the news — and lately, it hasn't been great.
There's no workshop, book or TED Talk that teaches the skills needed to lead in the time of a pandemic. Chicago's tech leaders have been figuring things out as they go, relying on their teams, professional networks and families for support — and trusting their gut when tough calls need to be made.
In Part II of our ongoing series on corporate leadership during trying times, we spoke with executives and team heads at five local tech companies about how they're preparing themselves and their teams for whatever awaits us.
CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER
Chicago is a strong tech community. How do you think we can help each other in times of uncertainty? What specific advice do you have for the tech community — not just to other leaders or your team, but to our industry at large?
Generally, I think the tech industry is setting an excellent precedent for how companies can band together to provide creative solutions to help manage work and business continuity during crises. We've recently seen some of the major players in tech work jointly on COVID-19 response efforts to combat fraud and misinformation. It's important that the tech community continues to collaborate on how we can amass our resources and ideas to help manage global crises like COVID-19.
This is unchartered territory for everyone, and it's especially important for people in leadership positions to understand and acknowledge they may not always have an immediate, concrete answer to some questions — and that's okay. This is a time where we all need to lean on each other for support and come together collectively to navigate adjusting to this new (hopefully temporary) norm.
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