The Next Phase

Much like our need to be able to do testing for the virus and antibodies, we also need to be able to assess where we and our organizations are in the phases of this pandemic and our plans for returning to work. During this first phase, which I referred to as “Getting Settled,” we moved through 3 periods which were all about accepting this current reality: Create a sense of safety and security: We got our family together, loaded up...

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Our Resilience Teachers

I’ve done nearly a dozen webinars these past three weeks speaking to global audiences about how we can strengthen our resilience in the face of this pandemic. In all these sessions, I’ve emphasized the inherent biological nature of resilience and how it is hard-wired into us. Much as gravity keeps us tethered to the earth as a physical imperative, our resilience biology forces us to confront and overcome adversity. Even though we are in the throes of a crisis never...

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A Tale of Two CEOs

I talked with 2 CEO’s this past week who had two different approaches to how they were managing their teams during this Corona Virus Pandemic. One leader, who heads a global manufacturing company shared with me that being in the center of the storm was very calming for him. While he was concerned for the well-being of his employees, he found the challenges associated with the crisis to be invigorating and well within his capabilities. He had to negotiate health...

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Let’s Start Fighting Back!

There was a story in last weekend’s Harvard Business Review online blog stating that the discomfort you are feeling is grief. In an online meeting of several of the editors, they took a powerful few minutes to check in with each other and that is what they concluded was their shared, common experience. Each of us individually, and perhaps collectively, have asked questions that have provoked some strong emotional responses such as fear, anxiety and worry. My good friend Steve...

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Week 2: What to Do Now

For many of us we are entering week 2 of the Corona Virus ordeal. We spent the first week listening to tips and ideas about how to get our offices in shape, adjusting to the new normal of working from home, talking remotely with colleagues and clients and enjoying the extra time to play with our kids and pups. While our schedules may seem to be busy, I have heard from many people that there is also a great deal...

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Physical Distancing not Social Distancing

Covid-19 is all the rage and we’re all pretty much holed up at home doing what we can to get work done and minimize contact with potential sources. They just announced the first 2 cases in Pittsburgh (on the weekend) and now that testing is ramping up, we’ll soon have a better idea of the true number. One of the key messages that we’ve heard from the CDC is that we have to increase social distancing so that we don’t...

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