A message from Donna and the Prospect Team
Dear Colleagues, Friends and Clients,
At the time of writing this week’s message, we are starting the first phase of relaxing lockdown and approaching another bank holiday without our usual routines of seeing friends and family - and doing things differently.
It’s well-timed that this coincides with the national Mental Health Awareness Week and great to see so many offers of support and resources out there, people reaching out to each other and services reminding the public that they are still there to help. As a team we often refer to the work of Frederickson, who identified the ten most common positive emotions that we can explore and seek out, even through very simple actions.
Our Arts-based Leadership Associate, Matt Worden, writes a blog this week to highlight how creativity can very much help our mental health and well-being, and he includes an exercise - to draw an upside down horse - that shows that anyone can draw. Having done this myself and been amazed, I can only encourage you to try it.
It has struck us as a team that reading, art, music, cooking, sewing, flower arranging, gardening and writing have been critical to us as individuals. Some have used their creative outlets as a reflection process, as Carol Bushell shared in her recent blog; some have used them to escape, to learn, to develop new skills, to distract or to connect to others in new ways - albeit virtually.
We are starting to be asked by clients what we would suggest for supporting people in the future, when we all navigate work in ways are are very likely to be different than the past for sometime. We are thinking on this - we are already offering coaching via Zoom and Teams, and are developing our leadership sessions into digital delivery for programmes that are currently postponed. However, we are struck by the power of creativity, and have developed a new offer of virtual drawing classes - which can be developed into helping teams move forwards.
Please contact us if you would like to know more.
We hope our resources are useful, please stay safe everyone! Big shout out to all key workers and much appreciation,
Donna, Matt and team.
Covid-19 Support Page
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.
Jackie Barringer has written two blog posts with tips for working from home. Click the links below to read them.
More to follow...
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.
We recommend this report from ILM on the taboo of the subject of mental ill health.
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.
Navigating Chaos and Uncertainty
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.
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.