Here’s what’s been on our minds lately … This is where we post occasional thoughts, observations, photos and ideas that we find relevant and connected to our work.
Our last post discussed the energy drain and crisis many of us are experiencing, having survived the pandemic, and living in unstable times. In it, we talk about a few keys to energy, such as:
- How social connection is fundamental to our well-being
- The importance of tracking and noticing your energy
- The idea that leaders have a responsibility to be in good condition to lead, which includes ensuring we have good levels of energy and resilience
In this post, we share tips for refilling your tank so you can have the energy to lead your team and organization into the future. Taking care of yourself will help you be more caring towards others in your life, both at work and at home. In today’s dynamic and ambiguous environment, it is critical that leaders must have compassion! [Read more…] about How to Regain Our Energy
Leaders are finding themselves exhausted, which is no surprise as we survived Covid, having skillfully navigated our personal lives, work teams, and organizations. As we exit the pandemic mode and enter a hybrid work mode, many leaders find themselves and their teams lacking the same drive and commitment they had pre-pandemic. The recent war on talent further compounds an already difficult situation for leaders. After two and a half years of near-stability, firms are experiencing talent exits on an unprecedented scale, creating instability once again.
After a long 18 months of living in the pandemic environment, firms are beginning to more fully Return to Office (RTO). From recent conversations with our clients, we are hearing about a new challenge which is staff burnout.
Having made it through the pandemic in very successful ways, organizations are now seeing that their people have reached a point of exhaustion. While we had moments of this throughout the pandemic, burnout seems to be taking a higher toll at this time. Our blog aims to highlight distinctions about burnout and offer some suggestions that can help you navigate burnout for yourself and your team.
Now that we have entered 2021, leaders are still dealing with all the challenges of 2020 but with the added element of time. Research indicates we all have levels of resilience we employ to get through a crisis; the bigger trial comes when that crisis turns into an on-going challenge. At this point in the pandemic, leaders and teams are burning out. This may be attributed to the continued experience of life at home, which often includes isolation and a lack of social interaction, on top of the day’s demands. Our last two blogs took a more in-depth look at resilience. Now it’s time to pair that quality with leadership.
In the first post of this two-post series, we broke down what resilience means and common traits of resilient people. Now let’s dig deeper into what you can do to build your resilience. Key to building resilience is self-awareness, the conscious knowledge of one’s character, feelings, motives, and desires. It’s an essential tool as it allows leaders to see themselves clearly and thoroughly. Without self-awareness, it may be impossible to realize the need to take a specific action. Understanding your baseline is essential, which can start with a self-assessment.
The year 2020 has undoubtedly tested us, and likely when reflecting, those who were resilient during such a trying time will stand out to us, whether it be an organization, leaders, or individuals. When reflecting on personal resilience, what traits come to mind? Is it someone calm under pressure? Is it a person who doesn’t let challenges overwhelm them and keeps going? Resilient people often appear better equipped to thrive and prosper during periods of stress. In organizations, teams made up of resilient individuals often are able to tackle change with less resistance. In this two-part blog series, we’ll first explore the qualities associated with resilience. In the second post, we’ll consider tools to identify personality traits that help predict and support the development of resilience, as well as identify specific steps to consciously build resilience.