Newsletter – May 6, 2020
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Resources for scenario planning and coping with grief
Now that we’re entering the third month of operating during a pandemic, you might find yourself with more space (even just a tiny bit!) to breathe. At TMC, we (and many of our clients) are finding more chances to slow down and move away from the frenzy of rapid response. The crisis is far from over—especially for the Black, indigenous, and other people of color who are experiencing the harshest impacts of the pandemic—but in order to manage it effectively, leaders need to shift from reacting to stabilizing, recovering, and planning. Our job now is to take the longer view so that we can serve our communities and sustain our work.
One way to shift from rapid response to recovery mode is to do scenario planning, which is the process of constructing narratives about what the future might look like, and then preparing for it. While scenario planning may sound daunting, we don’t think it has to be complicated.
Read on for tips, steps, and guidelines for simplified scenario planning:
Then, click below to get a copy of our 5-Box Scenario Planning tool (template and sample included):
What We’re Reading
This week, we’re bringing you a resource round-up on grief. Here are some readings on how to cope personally, how to support a colleague experiencing it, and what to do if you lose someone on your team:
- Helping Employees Cope with Unexpected Death — This resource from the Society for Human Resource Management includes a helpful crisis communication technique and offers an important distinction between grief and trauma, among other things.
- When a Colleague is Grieving — This article shares advice for managers to support their staff through the three phases of mourning.
- Serious Illness, Death and Grieving in the Workplace — This Stanford resource offers quick, actionable, bite-sized advice for managers and staff to cope with illness and death in the workplace.
- While grief is often associated with death, many of us are experiencing grief for a number of reasons due to the pandemic. Read Understanding Grief in the Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic to learn about the types of losses that might trigger grief. If you’re interested in identifying and coping with anticipatory grief, check out How ‘Anticipatory Grief’ May Show Up During the COVID-19 Outbreak.
Last Chance! For Education Sector Leaders
Are you a leader of a school, school system, or education organization? Our Educational Equity team is curating additional tools and tips to help you manage your priorities, your team, and your culture remotely.
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Join the TMC Community Slack
Since the pandemic started, many of you have told us that you wish you had a platform to connect with others outside your organization to ask questions, share ideas, or simply find community in these uncertain times. To that end, we have launched the TMC Community Slack. Shoutout to all the folks who have joined us already!
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Thanks for all you are doing in these tumultuous times. And, thank you in advance for pitching in and helping each other out!