This is difficult to write
I’ve had a tough few years…relationship break ups, international moves, disrupted business, the culmination of which landed me with depression for the second time in my life. A therapist once told me (in my first battle with this illness) that I was a high functioning depressive – because I could get up, get dressed, work, and appear to all intents and purposes like I was ‘normal’ (whatever that is). Certainly, I gave the impression of coping. Then, as now, though I have had an internal battle with why I should even bother to remain ‘here’ – on earth, alive…
It was a lie…
I was lucky growing up! I was taught from an early age that everyone matters. There was no prejudice in my home. We had friends visit and music played by people from all walks of life. This was in the 60s, 70s and early 80s.
In the mid 70s I started secondary school. I went to a south east London comprehensive that had a fifty-fifty black/white mix of kids. I was surrounded by, and part of, a rich cultural heritage. I came to believe that this was a ‘normal’ representation of how life would be … I was wrong!
As leaders, we contemplate more often on the nature and state of things. How are we managing at any one moment? Are we delivering consistency to others? How are we supporting the people that rely on us? What changes can we see coming over the horizon?
And on its way, at full throttle, presently is a message that speaks of a future laden with The New Normal. What does this actually mean though?
Since the end of the industrial age, our lives (personal and professional) have been getting more complex. This isn’t to say that things are getting more difficult, it’s that their form has become less static, less predictable – you will no doubt have heard of this explained as VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous), a term that emerged in the late 80s.
We are living through an unprecedented time. One that affects our personal and professional lives, hampering both in ways that impinge upon our motivation. Self-isolation, social distancing and remote working are all necessary activities that separate us physically yet don’t shut down our lines of communication.
When it comes to personal health and mindfulness, one phrase we hear being used is work-life balance. Its use might imply that there’s work and then our actual life somewhere else and that somehow work is of low personal value, yet it’s required to partner our personal life which is of high value. This attitude tends to be counter-intuitive and inaccurate.
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