Newsletter – May 6, 2020

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Resources for scenario planning and coping with grief

Hi friends,

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:

Read “How to Scenario Plan for COVID-19”

Then, click below to get a copy of our 5-Box Scenario Planning tool (template and sample included):

Get a copy of the “5-Box Scenario Planning” tool

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:

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!

To join, please review our community norms and fill out this form to receive an invitation.

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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!

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