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Hope Will Not Be Canceled.

From Growth Insights September Newsletter, Gillis Group

The days are heavy right now. From the things that cause the highest levels of anxiety - pandemic, election, school decisions, to the seemingly silly – my love affair with snacks – they all add an element of heaviness to our days and weeks. In my conversations I’m hearing many of you are not returning to work this fall, maybe not this year.

The things I am mentioning are certainly cause for worry. But they are not cause for despair. Somehow, we will get through this, and hopefully be better humans for it. In the meantime, ensure you are taking care of yourself and others:

Meditate. Even 10 minutes a day can help calm you. There are great apps out there and check out– a wonderful mindfulness institute in western Massachusetts that currently has virtual offerings.

Give yourself grace. Oh, the guilt we feel for not spending enough time with work, kids, partner. Or not taking breaks because it’s so easy to sit at our computers from wake to sleep. Give yourself a break – you can’t do it all, so focus on what makes you happiest, most productive. Just for today. And then tackle tomorrow with the same mindset.

Consider your employees. Leaders of business: pay attention to the people. In this time where companies have said “Ok! We’ll just now work from home!” – it has been easier said than done. Your employees need an ear, feedback, and support to be successful. From a Forbes article by Rebecca Newton, “A greater ability to deal with change, increased leadership self-efficacy and resilience, decrease in depression, increased goal attainment and enhanced solution-focused thinking - these are just some of the positive impacts found to result from coaching.” [i]

Take the time today to invest in your people, I’d be honored to help.

[i] A.M. Grant, “The Efficacy of Executive Coaching in Times of Organisational Change,” Journal of Change Management, 14, no. 2 (2014): 258-280.

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