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The Connection Conundrum

Following two years of rapid change and uncertainty, the new normal has begun to emerge as organizations slowly call their workforces back to the office. While remote and hybrid workplaces were rare prior to Covid-19, in just two short years, it has become clear they are here to stay.


This mix of hybrid, remote, and on-site work environments has led to what is called the connection conundrum, bringing many unique challenges. Employees who work remotely, or even partly remote, may be at a disadvantage compared to their on-site counterparts. On-site employees have access to office resources, direct contact with superiors, and greater collaboration. Furthermore, remote and hybrid work environments have reported more isolation and less connectivity.

Despite these issues, many working remotely or hybrid hope to keep the flexibility of these environments. Management and leaders now have the tall task of implementing successful strategies that will better connect their people and teams, no matter the environment. We hope that the content you find in this month's newsletter will be thought-provoking and help you to find ways to stay better connected no matter where you are.

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In this issue:

Check out this month's edition of From the Experts to hear what interpersonal issues our consultants are seeing in remote and hybrid work environments, and what we can do about it. Tino Mantella, President/CEO, TLG, shares how famous Duke basketball coach Mike "K" Krzyzewski handled blind spots for his key players and what we can learn from it.

Lyn Turknett, Co-founder and Co-chair, TLG, reveals a few tips that we can use to help introverts feel more connected in virtual meetings. Susan Hitchcock, Founder and Host Emerita of Women in Leadership, dives into the current state of mentorship in the virtual world, highlighting what has changed and what has not. Tim Huff, Senior Consultant, TLG, invites us to return to the basics of communication in order to be more effective, while Laurie Arron, TLG Strategic Partner, shares five ways to avoid bad leadership habits. Chris McCusker, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, TLG, shares the Aloha Way - how native Hawaiians cultivate positive energy in their relationships and culture. Finally, Tricia Molloy, TLG Strategic Partner, presents three ways that vision boarding can help you connect to yourself and your team.

Women in Leadership will feature Kelly Gay, Chairwoman and CEO of OnBoard, as this month's speaker during our virtual fireside event! Kelly will share with us her wisdom and insights on how we can advance women leaders to the top. Tune in to the latest episode of the Barrier Busters: Women of Character Podcast, where you'll hear Anne Quiello, Senior Consultant and Director of TLG Women in Leadership, interview Rosa Gatti, former ESPN Vice President of Communication and a trailblazer for women in the world of sports television.

For fascinating and practical resources on our topic, explore the "What We Are Reading" section featuring articles, books, and podcasts.

Finally, don't miss Turknett Buzz to check out the latest happenings at TLG. See highlights from what TLG has been doing in the community, including our partnership with Women in Technology and Lyn Turknett's recent panel speaking engagement. You will also meet new TLG Senior Consultant Brad Parcells, PCC, our newest addition to #teamtlg. Visit our page to learn more!

From the Experts: The Connection Conundrum


Remote and hybrid models now make up more than half of today's work environments. Despite most employees desiring to stay in these environments, we have seen interpersonal connections and relationships suffer as a result. We asked our experts what kind of issues they are seeing regarding interpersonal connections, and what we can do to strengthen them no matter where we are.


Tino's Corner

Communication Lessons from the Great Coach K

By Tino Mantella, President & CEO, TLG

When it comes to coaching in sports, it's all about communication. There's a thing or two we could learn about this from Mike "Coach K" Krzyzewski, the winningest coach in NCAA Basketball history.

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Featured Articles

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How to Improve Communication During your Next Virtual Meeting

By Lyn Turknett, Co-founder and Co-chair, TLG

Are you finding yourself or others disengaged during virtual meetings? Lyn Turknett shares a few tips on how to make others feel more connected during virtual meetings.


Mentoring in a Virtual World: What’s Changed, What’s the Same

By Susan Hitchcock, Founder and Host Emerita of Women in Leadership

Over a career spanning five decades, Susan Hitchcock has been both the mentor and the mentee. Susan shares how mentorship has changed in a virtual world, and what's still the same.


C is for Communication

By Tim Huff, Senior Consultant, TLG

Tim Huff takes us back to the basics of communication in this article where he lays out how we can deliver clear and concise messages in professional settings.


5 Ways to Break Bad Leadership Patterns

By Laurie Arron, TLG Strategic Partner

Laurie Arron shares five ways that we can avoid bad leadership habits while reaching our goals.

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Feeding the Aloha Wolf

By Chris McCusker, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, TLG

Have you ever heard of the "Aloha Way"? Chris McCusker shares how native Hawaiians cultivated positive energy and how we can do so in our relationships and the workplace.


3 Ways Vision Boards Connect You with Yourself and Your Team

By Tricia Molloy, TLG Strategic Partner

Tricia Molloy delivers three ways that making vision boards are proven to improve connectivity and helps us attain our goals.

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Updates and Outlooks


Women in Leadership

TLG’s Women in Leadership (WIL) is a program designed to spotlight women of achievement. Come have a seat at our table.

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Turknett Buzz

Looking for the latest news and happenings at TLG? You've come to the right place! See what our staff and consultants have been up to.

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What We are Reading...

Our goal is to provide you, the reader, with the latest resources, articles, and research in leadership development. See what we're reading!

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Founders' Reflections

Robert (Bob) and Lyn (Carolyn) Turknett have been at the forefront of the Leadership Development Industry for over 34 years. Get their latest perspectives, insights, and content by visiting Founder's Reflections on our site!


Coach Spotlight: Brad Parcells, PCC


TLG is excited to welcome Brad Parcells, PCC, as the newest member of Team TLG. Learn about Brad's entrepreneurial journey and how he became an executive coach!



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