It came upon us like a seventh wave. We knew it was coming, we had witnessed its effects on our human family in China, Italy, Iran, Spain and beyond. We had taken deep breaths, preparing as we could, but when it crashed around us, everything was upturned.
One cannot truly prepare for something so far beyond the imaginable.
The preparation we had put in place, provided buoyancy as we tumbled over and dispersed to our homes, unanchored by a base.
And now, many weeks in, we are beginning to find our feet. The adrenalin has subsided, a bit. We have worked out how to stay connected from the little islands on which we have been cast adrift.
We now virtually wave at each other, using video conferencing technology. We count ourselves in and out each day, checking on the wellbeing of the people we support and our colleagues who support them. Checking that everyone has the necessary supplies to keep themselves and others safe and well.
Daily we recognise the skill, the commitment and the ingenuity of our colleagues, working out how to make it work. Rising above the challenge, offering each other hope and encouragement. Approaching their roles with a heroic balance of humility and courage.
It feels now is the time to lift our heads up, to look forward, to gaze at that more distant horizon and consider what that future holds.
Click below to listen to an earlier version of this blog, shared as an audio recording internally within C-Change on 17th April 2020.
Sadly predictability does not always result in the necessary action and crises surface our dependencies and vulnerabilities. Conventional myths of the leader are shown to be wanting in these times. Mis-translating statistics to suit political agendas, reducing the complex to simple propaganda, suppressing dialogue and passing the blame on to others are not appropriate responses. Leadership at C-Change has always been unconventional, inclusive and connected to the lives of the people we work for.
Leaders often forget who they lead, why they lead and who leads them. Leaders are everywhere in organisations but we have to listen and respect them not only in times of crisis. The leadership, commitment and expertise of those delivering essential care has for too long been overlooked and its celebration must extent beyond this period of crisis.
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Thank you Ian, you are quite correct in your observations. Quite possibly a leaders main role is to ensure that space and time is available in order that leaders, wherever they work or however they engage with an organisation, have the opportunity to develop and shine.