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Watch this post as a video.Grinding or sprinting, there’s nothing in between.For so many leaders, and the people we serve, right now there is deep fatigue. It shows up in many ways that make leading more difficult now than it was in the early days of the pandemic. The end may be coming into sight, but there is still a significant distance to travel and many challenges along the way.Many people have found a way to keep moving forward despite all the difficulties. Like soldiers on a long march orSEE DETAILS

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More than 13 months into a global pandemic, and with at least several months to come even before the medical situation clears to the point that the massive economic, social, educational, and stress-related effects can begin to be properly addressed, many leaders are finding their long acquired bag of leadership tricks is rather empty.We don’t have the energy to figure out creative ways to continue addressing what are essentially the same issues, many of which are far beyond our control.We long ago used up our most reliable tactics and favouriteSEE DETAILS

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What are your values costing you?In recent weeks I’ve been in conversation with several charity leaders who are facing some difficult situations with no clear way forward. Competing priorities, complex problems, and COVID fatigued people conspire against familiar solutions. It’s just hard.So where do we start?There are several options, but when facing the greatest leadership challenges the wisest leaders look to values.As much as poorly thought out and poorly articulated values are deserving of the derision they almost always receive from team members; properly conceived values are of great useSEE DETAILS

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Are you noticing that your people are a little on edge?Did a relatively innocuous error provoke a major reaction?Are your own energy and emotional fluctuations surprising you these days?Welcome to the club, it’s a big one.More than a year into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic we are all tired. We are all drained. We are all vulnerable. We are all frayed around the edges. Even if we don’t see it.And many leaders and organizations have had some unexpected eruptions of frustration and tension these last few weeks.We shouldn’t beSEE DETAILS

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What are you drawing your team’s attention to?During lunch today I was watching the first episode of the Netflix documentary series The Playbook: A Coach’s Rules For Life. One scene stopped me mid-chew.This episode is about NBA basketball coach Doc Rivers, a well respected veteran coach who is currently with the Philadelphia 76ers. In 2007 he was coaching the Boston Celtics.At that time the marquee franchise had been struggling for several years but the addition of some excellent new players had brought new optimism, and ratcheted up the pressure onSEE DETAILS

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