Newsletter – August 18, 2021
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Connect with grief, navigate performance challenges, and more
In their new essay on grief and liberation, activist and author Malkia Devich-Cyril writes, “As we seek to breathe a new world into being, being an effective changemaker demands the right and power to feel our losses rather than escape them.”
There is no looking away from Afghanistan, from Haiti and Lebanon, from the unmarked graves of Indigenous children, from wildfires wreaking havoc globally, and the climate threats we faced long before the most recent IPCC report. There’s no denying that for the second year in a row, back-to-school season is bringing more anxiety than excitement, forcing impossible decisions for school leaders, educators, and families. There is no ignoring the loss of friends and family members, or the new restrictions where there was just an opening.
We share this because Malkia is right; when we acknowledge loss, we can begin to transform grief, practice boundaries, and connect more authentically to self and others—all things that help us better serve our communities.
Here is some of what we are reading—and practicing—this month:
- Grief Belongs in Social Movements. Can We Embrace It?—In this deeply moving essay, award-winning activist and author Malkia Devich-Cyril offers four steps for metabolizing and transforming grief into agency (an excerpt from adrienne maree brown’s new book Holding Change).
- An Exercise to Help Your Team Overcome the Trauma of the Pandemic—Extraordinary growth is possible after trauma—storytelling may be the key. Activities to help you craft conversations for your team in a way that acknowledges the collective and complex trauma of these past 18 months.
- Making Self-Care Tactical — Why You Should Focus on Boundaries, Not Just Bubble Baths—First Round Review interviews therapist and coach Minaa B on the deeper work of self-care, the case for putting boundaries at the center, and reclaiming power in the face of trauma.
- Better Daily Self Care Habits—Our very own TMC coach Dr. Cicely Horsham-Brathwaite wrote a new, super-accessible guide for developing and strengthening self-care habits. You can follow on Instagram or buy in book form.
You can also revisit:
- How to Manage When Things Are Not Okay from The Management Center
- How to Lead When You’re Afraid by Awaken’s Michelle Kim
- Leading during traumatic and triggering events from Diversity Equity Inclusiveness Consulting
- People Leader Resilience Playbook: How to lead in the midst of uncertainty from LifeLabs Learning
Noticing a performance problem? Own the solution.
In our community survey earlier this year, three topics rose to the top: Relationship-building, Mental Health, and Performance Challenges. Last time, we shared our new manager’s guide to relationship-building. Next up: new tools for navigating performance challenges.
What do you do when someone is really struggling in their role or it just never seems like the right time for corrective feedback? What if events at home or in the world are impacting their work—or yours?
Whatever the origin of the performance problem, you need to own the solution. As a manager, it’s your job to develop staff, spot disparities, and address problems when they arise. Whether you’re managing people to set more ambitious goals or correct course when things go awry, your first step is always curiosity.
We can help you with the rest.
Check out Four Steps for Addressing Performance Problems. We help you look at your choices—and choice points for interrupting bias—to generate options that advance racial equity and inclusion, promote personal and organizational sustainability, and improve lasting results.
In some cases, feedback gets things back on track. In others, a more formal plan helps. Our new Performance Improvement Plan Toolkit can give you and a struggling staff member the best chance to turn things around.
More new resources on Performance Management:
- How to Approach Tricky Performance Improvement Plans
- Common Choice Points, see Performance Problems
- FAQs About Performance Problems
We’re Still Hiring!
Good news! You didn’t miss your chance to have an impact on the most important issues facing our country and work with amazing leaders (who also happen to be smart, thoughtful, genuinely nice—and fun!). Apply today for the following roles:
- Progressive Sector Coach
- Progressive Sector Trainer
- Education Sector Trainer
- Training Operations Coordinator
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