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HBR: How to Lead When Your Team Is Exhausted — and You Are, Too

“On a personal level he was experiencing a loss of agency, determination, and energy. The “steady hand” approach and rapid action mindset that had characterized his leadership during the first wave were becoming fuzzy, less ingenious, and much more volatile.” If you are concerned with your team's mental state and your ability to keep up their motivation under the stress of Pandemic Fatigue, this Harvard article {How to Lead When Your Team Is Exhausted — and You Are, Too} is a worthy read. It outlines several key concepts and distinctions that we find very helpful:

  • The difference between humans reaction to an emergency vs. the relentless onslaught of continuing stress.

  • The difference between Urgent and Important. An emergency requires immediate action which feeds our brains need for dopamine. The problem is that we begin to treat everything like an emergency and burn out!

  • When is it appropriate to provide compassion and when to provide inspiration to contain the drama that accompanies the pandemic?

  • Some great ideas on what to do, and not do, to energize people throughout your organization.

Lead on!


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