A message from Donna and the Prospect Team

Dear Colleagues, Friends and Clients,

 

As I write this week’s note, the world is starting some form of emergence from the lockdown, albeit we are still living in a Pandemic Situation.  Shops are opening, people can form ‘bubbles’ to see each other and there are rumours abound about further relaxation of rules.

 

At the Prospect team – we are a reflective bunch anyway, we have talked about the impact of Lockdown over these last three months.  Some people have children home – from toddlers through to adult children, and have been navigating how to balance time between work, teaching and self.  We have talked about differences in usual daily routines including structure for work, travel, exercise – and of course the way we interact with others.  More than once we have said ‘When this is over I will appreciate x more’, or ‘When lockdown is over, I am not going back to y’.  World events and Black Lives Matters have provoked a lot of thinking about the world we live in and how we would want to make changes in the future.  As a team of coaches, we recognise that change often starts within, and with reflection and insight.

 

So now is a great time to look at life balance and using the Wheel of Life Tool can be a great start – this is the free resource provided this week in our Reflection section of resources.  I would ask – is there one big priority for yourself – what is that?  If there is one big priority for the world that you can influence – what would that be?

 

Stay safe and keep in touch – remember we are still offering pro-bono coaching and many of our courses and events are available through Zoom

 

Donna and Team

Covid-19 Support Page

Practical Tips

For Home Working

Navigating Chaos and Uncertainty

Personal Reflection and Learning during Change

Personal

Resilience

Creativity

Covid-19 Support Blog

 

Below you can find our support package to help you through these difficult days.

Practical Tips for Home Working

Working from home can bring big changes to your workflow and can be difficult to adapt to. Below you can find blog posts, links, videos and resources that we believe will set you in the best stead for doing your best work from home.

Blog Posts

Jackie Barringer has written two blog posts with tips for working from home. Click the links below to read them.

More to follow...

 

Personal Resilience

There are many personal resilience tools which can be utilised during challenging times. We will be adding blogs, links and resources to this page which we believe you may find useful for building your personal resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jackie Barringer has written the below blog post on how you can be proactive as a leader during times of chaos, using Stephen Convey's Circles of Influence. Click on the link to read the post.

 

Navigating Chaos and Uncertainty

The language that we use when talking about Covid-19 is important. Click here for a useful infographic that gives examples of which metaphors to embrace and which to avoid.

 

There are more useful tips on how to frame our language when talking about Covid-19 to avoid evoking fear in this blog written by narrative expert Ella Saltmarshe.

We found this article, entitled Leadership in Time of Crisis, very useful when looking at how we can support people to lead confidently in complex systems during times of crisis. 

Jackie Barringer has written a two part blog on developing strategy in times of uncertainty as a leader:

Here you can find Part 1 and Part 2.

 

Creativity

Matt Worden has written his thoughts on creativity, well-being, and purpose and has also provided a drawing exercise to show that we can all draw!  Take a look and challenge yourself at his blogpost here.

Navigating Chaos and Uncertainty

Coming soon.

 

Personal Reflection and Learning during Change

Below is a video by Matt Worden, Prospect Associate and Arts Expert, who has been helping people capture their ‘here and now’ sense making by capturing live discussions via Zoom in illustration. Matt has a great talent in observing and listening and translates this into powerful drawings.

Leila Williams, Prospect Associate, has written this personal comment piece about major transformation in health and care after Covid-19’.

Carol Bushell, Prospect Associate reflects upon personal identity in the past, present in lockdown, and post lockdown, and supports her reflections in a personal and powerful podcast through her love of music.

As a very busy mum during lockdown, Catherine Barber-Brown has written a blog sharing some of her personal approaches to supporting herself and her family – many of which may be helpful to others.

Below is a list of documentaries and films we recommend for personal education and reflection about anti-blackness, injustice and racism:

  • The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011) Göran Olsson

  • Daughters of Dust (1993) Julie Dash

  • If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Barry Jenkins

  • I am not your Negro (2017) Raoul Peck

  • Fruitvale Station (2013) Ryan Coogler

  • 13th (2016) Ava DuVernay

  • The Central Park 5 (2012) Ken Burns, Sarah Burns , David McMahon

  • Selma (2014) Ava DuVernay

  • Malcolm X (1992) Spike Lee

  • Get Out (2017) Jordan Peele

This Wheel of Life exercise is a great way of keeping on top of your balance of life.