By John Greenleaf Whittier
Hello again everyone
First of all, I hope you are all staying safe and well and finding help and positive ways of dealing with the situation we are experiencing. I know the word unprecedented has been used, used and used again, however this is for all of us, completely different and unknown territory, so taking care of yourself as well as others remains top priority.
I have been speaking to so many of you over the last few weeks and I know that the challenges are different for everyone however, what we have in common is that everyone has been stretched and challenged in ways that we would not have thought possible a few short weeks ago. That stretch is also very far from over yet.
It’s very tempting to see the last few weeks as the pinnacle of the crisis, however I think we are all aware that the real challenge is only just beginning.
The stuff we faced about getting into lockdown I believe will be just the tip of the iceberg we look at what will be needed as we start to come out and create a new reality.
Leadership has never been more important than it is right now. Every organisation needs those who can rise up and lead when it matters most and YOU are the ones who can make real differences right now.
Which is where perseverance comes in. The poem “Don’t Quit” has been one of my favourite poems for 20 years. I first discovered this poem just after my beloved Dad died in 2000. It was a time when “the road I was trudging seemed all uphill”. I had been running an event in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and I just took some time to be quiet in the chapel area following the event and I saw a card with this poem printed on, which really spoke to me. I bought one of the cards and have carried it with me ever since to remind me not to quit when things get difficult. It can be really tough to remember that sometimes and as you, my leadership community, start to look at how you face not just today’s but tomorrows challenges, I wanted to share some tips for you on how to draw on your determination to persevere and be the best you can be for yourselves and others:-
So, do what you CAN do, plan for what you CAN plan for, influence the things YOU can and your focus and determination will rise and you will be contributing in the best way you can;
I hope these tips and thoughts will help you to persevere and raise your resilience and determination as we move into the next phase. Look out for more content and an invitation to join our free Facebook Group, Leading When It Really Matters which will be coming out next week.
Take care of yourselves, your loved ones and your people. Stay well and safe and lets bring some good out of this for all of humanity. You are the leaders who can.
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