Next time you have a presentation to make that doesn’t involve high pressure and a lot of data, why not try to present naked? Drop the slides and just talk to the people who need to hear your message. When you have slides up behind you as you speak, they are partially distracted anyway, so it might actually help them to get more out of the discussion, not less.
I realized that it is at these very times of change that we remind ourselves and others that the goal should not change. The loss or addition of a team member, while challenging, should not alter the end result, the “shining star”, that the team was originally moving toward. In fact, the most successful teams are able to quickly course-correct when presented with any change or barrier so that the new person or ideas can be incorporated.