Through all of the uncertainty and frightening information, there are some things that have not changed.
The video below was recorded about 2 weeks before COVID-19 changed everything about the way we live and work ...but the message still rings true: the way you engage your people has a ripple effect beyond what you may ever know. I hope you'll give it a watch.
The video references the Mindful Improv Manifesto which I wrote and posted to my website on my birthday last month.
I believe that YOU have the power to affect change at your company, but also in the WORLD as you allow your company to be a training ground for the reconciliation, collaboration and empathetic listening behaviors that ultimately create peace. More on that in the manifesto linked above.
Bottom line: YOUR SPIRIT OF EMPATHY MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE. Thank you for being an agent of positive change! If you're reading this and thinking I don't know if I'm really an "agent of positive change." I'm biting back F-words at every update of additional closures and extensions on social distancing measures. ...I get it.
I empathize completely - I've actually been surprised at myself for how hard this is. I *care* about people, and I like to think I'm an informed citizen with public interests at heart. But it really sucks that every event I was booked to speak at has been cancelled or rescheduled for a date "to be determined." It also really sucks that I'm making a massive shift in my business to 100% virtual (as is everyone else, I realize) and I need to do it while homeschooling my 4 and 6 year old children.
I'm not great at homeschooling... is what I would say if you could remotely call what's happening at my house "homeschooling." Truthfully, I'm managing to keep the kids fed, bathed and separated enough to keep from killing each other. We've done some STEM projects (and I was QUICK to get those on Instagram!)
I SEE YOU if you're having a hard time with this. It's okay to begrudgingly follow the social distancing measurements that have been put in place. What has helped me feel better about this is to imagine some of the specific reasons why this is important.
For example: my decision to stay home as often as humanly possible, means I won't unknowingly pass along the virus to someone who is far less likely to easily fight it off. In all likelihood, someone's Grandma will be afforded the opportunity to hug them at their wedding because of our willingness to abide by these, albethem, inconvenient and frustrating restrictions.
I hope the image of their warm hug, their shared tears of joy, their picture framed and hung in the home of the newly wed couple will provide as much emotional fortitude for you as it has for me!
Enrollment is officially OPEN! We opened yesterday - first to the folks on the waitlist. Culture fortification matters now more than ever!
If your company has the resources to allocate to leadership development, now is a critical time to ensure your values and vision stay intact. I hope you'll join me on 4/8 - our first session (on Zoom!) More info via the link above!