“What the coaches say…” is a collaborative effort of our team of global coaches who work with clients around the world to share what we’re learning and experiencing.
Like you, we’ve been talking, reading and experiencing a large volume of information about leadership in crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic is leveling, because it has an impact on everyone in the world, race, gender, orientation and age aside. We can be moved by stories, angered by actions and saddened by the loss of life and livelihood. What we can learn from each other during this time truly inspired this blog and I’m grateful to be able to share these words with the hope they inspire you too.
What is a suggestion to help people to navigate this crisis?
Manfred Barth, Germany
A long time ago, I worked for a German Chinese Joint Venture in Beijing and during the Tian An Men massacre. Our General Manager started each day with an all-hands meeting and gave everyone a chance to speak with no agenda, no actions, no solutions, just an opportunity to be heard. We felt relieved, balanced, energised and ready to go to work.
Betina Rama, Argentina
Reach out to somebody that you appreciate and admire and let them know how you feel. Speak with somebody with whom you can share your tears and fears.
Ann Houston Kelly, Oregon, USA
You need to be sleeping, eating well, exercising some (preferably outdoors) and making sure that your family is safe and well. Focus on what’s most important for the organisation and its key stakeholders. Alan Jope, CEO of Unilever, is currently directing his company from his home in Scotland. He continues to keep the focus on four guiding principles: look after people; look after supply; look after demand; and, look after cash.
Frank Manesse, Belgium
Try to apply many “RE-practices,” such as: RE-consider, RE-think, RE-feel, RE-design, RE-develop, RE-invent, RE-start, RE-do, RE-furnish, RE-time, RE-paint, RE-draw, RE-love and most importantly, REFLECT.
Jean-Claude Noel, New York City, USA
Self-care during this time is essential. Try to keep a routine in addition to staying active, getting enough rest and paying attention to people in your life.
Margot Schumacher, Holland
Many non-executive board members are seeing their companies in crisis-mode where sales may have dropped significantly and companies may run out of financial resources. In crisis-mode, their job is to be the sounding board and the advisor for the executive board members. It's important to support and notice what is happening in the top-team and with the CEO and to see if there is any additional support they need.
Jennifer Davis, New Jersey, USA
We must find ways to connect with people differently. It can be small ways like sending a text to let a friend or colleague know that you are thinking of them or a scheduled call to catch up. While we are all in quarantine and may be feeling isolated, a short touch point can have a big impact.
Please comment below and share what suggestions you’ve been seeing work for others or for yourself as you navigate your own virtual interactions in the “new normal.”
If you are interested in learning more about this topic:
KDVI Writer's Colony, 2020
Whether you might be feeling pressure of navigating a virtual work environment, managing your team or even working on your own leadership issues, we thought it would help to share what we’re learning so it might help you to reflect on what you’re learning too. When we learn something from one client or colleague, we can share that reflection to help another. In that way we “pay the learning forward” and find new ways to collaborate and inspire each other.
Published on 10 Apr, 2020
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Published on 11 Apr, 2020
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Published on 10 May, 2017
"Does a good coach have to be tough?"
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"Rescuer syndrome and excessive helping behavior"
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Published on 20 Aug, 2018
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Published on 26 Aug, 2020
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Published on 9 Mar, 2020
"Leaders who are comfortable showing vulnerability are often seen as authentic and trustworthy."
Several successful leaders seem to have this thing called ‘gravitas’. Leaders with gravitas are experienced as having dignity, poise, and are seen as mature and possibly even wise. For those people who seem to be effortlessly successful, but at some point, begin to wonder if the construct they have built for themselves will hold, this blog explores how to develop maturity and wisdom. Indeed, the blog uncovers that key to developing gravitas is vulnerability and therein lays the challenge to leave the demanding ego behind and to become more comfortable with showing vulnerability but ultimately becoming an authentic leader.
Published on 19 Mar, 2018