https://www.ioe.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/ceoblog_december-e1594860764396.jpg 320 843 Faye Lougheed https://www.ioe.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/new-logo-1-300x170.png Faye Lougheed2020-07-16 10:48:162020-07-16 10:52:59RULES FOR LIFE; PANDEMIC EDITION
RULES FOR LIFE; PANDEMIC EDITION
I was told it was about time for another CEO’s blog and given a suggested topic:
What I’ve learnt living and leading an organisation through a global pandemic
Blimey, thanks Faye! OK, here goes. I have some rules which I stand by whenever something difficult comes up; and a global pandemic rates right up there as difficult!
- Find someone to blame
- Find someone else to follow it up
- Ignore it
However, a global pandemic, creates some specific challenges to this approach. First, there is no-one to blame (in spite of ‘stupid‘ blaming everybody). Secondly, we literally all have to address this and finally, it’s very hard to ignore!
So with great reluctance I have sort of had to do stuff and yes, I have learned some things:
- There is a real problem having your pantry and fridge within a few steps of your workplace;
- Zooming with children can make you motion sick;
- Our dog has developed an over attachment disorder;
- Without driving to work my podcast library is out of control;
- People have learned to appreciate the art of walking; and
- This room needs a paint!
Beyond that, living with and leading an organisation through a global pandemic is really the same approach people should have to living and leading an organisation without a global pandemic. So here are my Rules for Life; Pandemic Edition:
- Surround yourself with good people.
- Find people who are smarter than you and work with them.
- Understand what may happen, what the issues are, and what is most important.
- Appreciate that people will respond in many different ways.
- Act in good faith.
Whatever actions are decided upon ensure that they meet the following three criteria – be kind to all people, protect those that are vulnerable and be fair. Ultimately if you follow this approach you will get most things right and those that you stuff up – own it, apologise, fix what you can and move on.
Strange and significant events have occurred and will occur again. The strength of an organisation like Interchange Outer East is always going to be the collective team of people who work together to support families and each other through any disruption. Leadership is the process of allowing that to happen.