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5 Things to Help Lead Your Team Through the Coronavirus Crisis: Proven Military Leadership Lessons That Can Help Your Team through a Crisis

Thursday, June 11, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: David Fivecoat, Managing Partner, The Fivecoat Consulting Group

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5 Things to Help Lead Your Team Through the Coronavirus Crisis: Proven Military Leadership Lessons That Can Help Your Team through a Crisis

  • Mission+Leader's Intent -- improving your team's alignment by helping them understand the why and what success looks like.
  • Where to go as a leader -- We have all heard the leadership mantra that the best leaders “lead by example.” Yet in day-to-day work and this crisis, deciding where your physical presence as a leader has the most impact is a little more complicated. Often leaders tend to go where they are most comfortable, the part of the business where they grew up, or where they believe they have the most talents. And in the current crisis, there is a risk aspect to where you go as a leader that wasn’t there before. We will highlight seven ways to think about where you should go as a leader.
  • Lead with optimism -- As we all lead our families, teams, and companies through the coronavirus it is worth talking about optimism. We all know that during a crisis we should lead with optimism. But does one stay optimistic through all the news, challenges, and new routines? We will discuss six ideas to help you stay optimistic.
  • How are you looking for opportunities in this crisis? The coronavirus crisis has and will continue to disrupt the status quo. There is value in thinking about how to adapt your team or company to the new environment. Andy Grove, former Intel CEO, once said, “Bad companies are destroyed by crises. Good companies survive them. Great companies are improved by them.” Like all crises, the coronavirus crisis will change the risk/reward balance for your team, increase your organization’s focus, encourage innovation, and reveal opportunities. So how do you find these opportunities in the crisis? We will discuss seven questions that might help you and your team start thinking about finding an opportunity and become one of the great companies formed out of the coronavirus crisis of 2020.
  • Recognizing excellence -- In the chaos of a crisis, it is often hard to remember to recognize members of your team for the amazing work they are doing. In a pre-coronavirus study, 80% of employees stated that they feel motivated to work harder when they felt appreciated for their work. However, over three quarters of all employees feel undervalued because of a lack of recognition and appreciation. Although it is simple, when was the last time you recognized members of your team for the great work they are doing?


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David Fivecoat
David Fivecoat

Managing Partner, The Fivecoat Consulting Group

For the past four years David G. Fivecoat has had helped enhance the leadership of hundreds of individuals and improve the alignment of dozens of companies on battlefields and in workshops as the Managing Partner for The Fivecoat Consulting Group (TFCG).

Previously Colonel Fivecoat served twenty-four years as an infantry officer. He led men and women during contingency operations in Kosovo and Bosnia, three combat tours in Iraq, and a combat tour commanding a battalion in Afghanistan – over 41 months in combat. He culminated his service by overseeing the gender integration of the US Army’s
Ranger School.

David earned a Bachelor of Science in Military History from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Military Arts and Science from the US Army Command and General Staff College, and a Master in National Security Strategy from the National War College. Also, he was the lead writer for the US Army Field Manual 3-24.2, Tactics in Counterinsurgency, as well as numerous articles. David’s military decorations include the Valorous Unit Award, four Bronze Star Medals, the Army Commendation Medal with V Device, the Ranger Tab, the Master Parachutist Badge, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He is a Distinguished Member of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade.

In his free time, he skis, competes in triathlons, and is an avid bicyclist. He resides in Columbus, Georgia, with his daughter.