April 14, 2020
COVID-19 Edition: Team Applications
2 min read
I have something I think you should think about as you work through all the consequences of the coronavirus, both in your personal life and in the operation of your business. And that is ‘staying connected’. As we all move to virtual environments, or to self-imposed or even governmental-imposed sheltering in place for quarantine, the sense of isolation that can come from that may be overwhelming. On the other hand, if you're prepared and use technology, you can not only avoid that but you can increase teamwork and relationships.
We're using Teams, Microsoft's tool for connecting teams together to do that. You can make a video call with one click of a button. Slack also gives that capability. Zoom allows you to have meetings very easily with many people. By the way, FaceTime also gives you that capability on your iPhone. Many ways to stay face-to-face connected. The key is to be connected. We're finding in our virtual operations that it's almost as good as being in the office. If you'll do that with your team, I think you can maintain a very high level of productivity. If you'll do that with your clients, you will deepen relationships and you will set yourself up well for the future. Something to think about.
Tony Caldwell is a modern “renaissance man,” who is not only immensely successful in the field of insurance, but is also a writer, children’s advocate, mentor and even a licensed pilot.
Always keen on helping others make their dreams come true, Tony and his team have helped independent agents grow into more than 250 independent agencies. This has made OAA the number one ranked Strategic Master Agency of SIAA for the last 5 years, and one of Oklahoma's 25 Best Companies to Work for.
Tony loves to share his knowledge, insight and wisdom through his bestselling books as well as in free mediums including podcasts and blogs.
Tony and his family are members of Crossings Community Church, and he is very active in community initiatives: he’s chairman of It’s My Community Initiative, Inc., a nonprofit working with disadvantaged people in Oklahoma City; and chairman of the Oklahoma Board of Juvenile Affairs., and he has served through many other organizations including the Salvation Army, Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the Rotary Club.
In his spare time, Tony enjoys time with his family. He’s also an active outdoorsman and instrument-rated commercial pilot.