Leadership under pressure

Right now, around the world, it’s game on—leaders are rising to the challenges of COVID – 19.

They can’t do this alone. Rising or falling depends on asking the right questions of the right people at the right time in the right way.

As a leader, the first questions you need to ask are of yourself. The right way to do this is with radical honesty and kindness, and the help of trusted people close to you.

Wellbeing in times of COVID-19

Organisations all over the world are planning how to support wellbeing, resilience and performance of its people through COVID-19. We are getting calls, LinkedIn shout-outs and text messages saying how helpful Hummingly’s Doing Well cards are in supporting the implementation of COVID-19 plans. 

 The Doing Well cards are a set of methods that supports wellbeing, resilience and performance in the workforce. The cards empower people to deal with stress, uncertainty and pressure. 

4 steps to manage high emotions during this time

Emotions are important and we need to pay heed to them, but we have a personal responsibility for doing our best to manage emotion well.

 Here’s a wee story (author unknown) that helps to illustrate why this is so important.

Cards for Calamity, drought, bushfires and now COVID-19

“The bushfires in Australia have had a significant effect on our communities and regional economies. With the current Covid-19 situation this has compounded the urgency to recover. Mental health is already at crisis point and with health services now moving to a tele-health model, many people are further isolated. Having a resource such as the Cards for Calamity is a secure, tactile and comforting option for moments of doubt, fear and high anxiety when no one is around.” Amelia Hartney - North East Victoria, Australia

Thank you is the powerful thing to be said at the moment

Thank you is the most powerful thing you can say as we farewell COVID-19 level 3 restrictions. Eldred Gilbert (mum to our Co-Founder Elizabeth) has 50 years of experience in nursing and leadership. She explains why thank-you is emotional, transactional and transformational.

Have you got yourself some stinking thinking?

So many people have worked hard and fast to create new solutions and find ways to get our families, organisations and our nation through a pandemic that has brought the country to a near standstill.  For business, it has been about a metamorphosis – a hard and fast transformation to stay relevant and functioning in this new context. The thing with hard, fast and new is there will be imperfections, gaps and the odd muck-up. As people are tired after a hard sprint and an influx of change, it is easy for blame to start to creep in.