Resilient Leadership in the Time of Crisis
Episode 3 with V J Rao, Leadership Coach & Anna Chandy, Counselor and Mental Health Advocate
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We are delighted to invite you to another episode of Mental Health Strategies for Resilient Organisations, and this time we are addressing a very important topic - Leadership, specifically Resilient Leadership in the time of crisis.
This episode will be led by Anna Chandy and VJ Rao.
Anna Chandy - India’s leading mental health advocate and counselor, who is changing the way people view and discuss mental health.
VJ Rao - Coach who has worked with over 100 leaders, senior HR leader at various organisations and ex Head of L&D, Tata Sons
Register here - manahcompany.com
In case you missed our previous episode, you will find the key highlights from that session below.
Managing stress/Working from home Key Highlights
Panelists - Debasmita Sinha and Rashmi Singh
Work hours seem to be throughout the day, how to balance work and home
• De-clutter your headspace
• Important to respect other people’s routines
• If a person has committed that they are logging off at 6pm then that needs to be respected
• Accommodate everyone’s routines
The biggest issue people are facing is that the days are not ending
• Maintain a space in your house — “office of the house”
• Treat the office space in a professional manner
• Create a routine, have your breakfast and get in the work mode and get out of the work mode
• Get in the practice of creating a psychological space
How do you switch off?
• Indulge in something that is comforting to you
• Self care — having a drink or snack that you like when you are done with your day
• Listen to music that suits you
• Breathe for some time, stay in the present
• Having a designated time to do things in a particular manner
Leader’s perspective: how do you suggest that leaders manage their own space
• Ensure regular calls are made to employees
• Leaders have to create the trust
• Leaders have to go the extra mile
• Senior manager must ensure that the team leads are making calls to their teams
• If the team mates is going through a difficult time then it is necessary to have the skill to comfort them
• Communicate every single day
What are the signs to look out for within yourself of distress during this time — Red flags
• Look for major shifts in thinking and eating pattern
• Increase irritability
• Inability to concentrate
• Feedback you get from people around you
• Own realisation, or how your children respond
• Take stock of when people ask you “how are you” take a pause and think
Tips for people managers:
• Check in with your team
• How stressed are you on a scale of 1-10
• Point out if there is something that needs attention
• Encourage 4 things : balanced diet, hydrate, sleeping well, getting active
What role does peer support play in this?
• Since colleagues know what is happening in each other’s lives they are able to comfort each other better
• Peers understand, same level, earning the same amount of money, treat each other as the extended family
• Mental health is very important of the employees, daily calls have to be done for this as well
Uncertainty and anxiety
• Uncertainty and loss of control is the most discomforting human emotion
• Mantra: “Its all right to not know what’s going on. nobody has control”
See you all on friday!
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