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Brace Yourself – We’ve Got One More Year.

Lead Star, August 3, 2020

We don’t ever want to be the bearers of bad news, but the bearers of the truth as we see it? Absolutely.  Leaders deal with reality.  We’ve been listening and learning from senior leaders across the country and the consensus is that we’re in this COVID-created mess for another year. 
Even before Google announced they wouldn’t return to offices until July 2021, many of us were preparing for the long haul.  We understand the implications of a delayed return to office – the “normal” we’ve been craving will be postponed.  Our children (or our colleagues’ children) likely won’t be in the classroom for quite some time. 
It’s easier to plan for a long-term scenario than it is to live week-by-week, month-by-month.  Here are some questions to ask yourself to help prepare for the next 12 months.

  • How is your home office … really?  Make the investments and spend the time to situate it so this next year is better than your last several months.
  • For those with kids: What’s your childcare schedule like?  It’s obvious many won’t be returning to a school building in the fall.  What’s your plan to ensure they’re happy/healthy/developing, and you’ve got the space to do what you need to do to be productive?  (For some of us, it’s co-op’ing with parents or investing in tutors.)
  • How is your mental state?  Does the idea of living in a COVID world for one more year freak you out?  Make the mental shift and do what you need to do so you’ll get through this experience stronger and more resilient than ever before.

You Said What?We know that performance management doesn’t stop just because we’re in the midst of a pandemic.  If anything, even more businesses are evolving to feedback cultures, ones where it’s delivered freely and fast in order to drive performance.  Click here for some tips from Angie on how to develop the habit and skills of effective feedback … even in a COVID world.

Growing in the Midst of a Crisis
We all want to experience post-COVID growth.  This requires that we do the work while we’re in the pandemic.  Here are three ways you can build resilience during this experience:

  • Take time to walk.  Reflecting creates the space for getting inside your head and understanding what you’re thinking/feeling/experiencing.  It helps you ideate ways you can be better, stronger, especially during challenge and change.
  • Get comfortable with imperfection.  Nothing is going to work out right in this environment.  Being flexible will allow you to appreciate life’s imperfections and learn how to make that proverbial lemonade out of lemons.
  • Plan multiple courses of action.  When you visualize what can happen, and put plans in place for multiple scenarios, you mitigate surprises and demonstrate agility when things don’t go your way.  Through this process, you also feel more in control and prepared … all the while developing planning skills.

We’re here with you during COVID-19 … and far beyond.  Stay tuned, too – we’re going to relaunch our webinar series shortly so that you can have the support and guidance you need to lead yourself and others towards a better tomorrow.
Our best,
Angie and Courtney

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