It’s no exaggeration to say that we (in the UK at least) are living through difficult times. The aftermath of Covid, the impact of the Ukraine war on energy prices, the rising cost of living and public services at breaking point. It’s all too easy to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and even despondent.
In the world of sport, there is always an off-season. A time to vary the pace and type of training, to take a rest, to review the season just gone and look ahead to what comes. Business doesn’t always offer the same clear-cut rhythm, but summertime is perhaps the closest many leaders come to an off-season.
Right now, we’re increasingly having conversations with our clients about “people problems”. The pandemic has changed how people think about work, and crucially, how they want to work, and what they’ll tolerate in their work lives.
William Winstone assesses the pros and cons of hybrid working, and reflects on how it impacts work and team relationships.
You may have spotted a Portugese man o’war, also known as a bluebottle jellyfish, washed up on a beach over the last summer. As the ocean warms, they are travelling further north. Hopefully you didn’t pick it up, as it delivers a painful sting even when dead. What you may not realise is that these creatures can prompt powerful insights into collaborative leadership. Jonathan Males explains more here…
In this week’s insight, Hetty Einzig shares her thoughts on how we’re adapting to life coming out of lockdown. She urges us all to take our time, notice what we’re feeling and experiencing, and stay true to what feels right for us in this period of ongoing transition.
Great leaders find the time to think about these questions on their own, with their colleagues, and with their teams. As we come out of lockdown (again), it’s a good time to ask “how will you continue to harness your organization’s drive and creativity over the next period?”