01 May Sustaining Peak Performance During A Pandemic – Maintaining the Momentum
Recorded Webinar Replay
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
– The Serenity Prayer by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr
Why is this so resonant at the moment?
We, as a species, are witnessing two incredibly large and contradictory complex systems crashing into each other in a state of meltdown in a time scale never seen since, well, ever.
The first is the global pandemic: more virulent, contagious and fatal than we have seen before. The only thing we know for certain about this pandemic is that we do not know anything for certain about this pandemic…
The second is a total meltdown of the economy at every level, affecting everything from our personal production capability, through corporate finance to asset management to government taxation. The only thing we know for certain about the economy is that we do not know anything for certain about the economy…
The other amazing thing is that it feels like one caused the other, but both complex systems exist independently – they are correlated but not causal. I really do not need to tell you the consequences of f***ing up our personal health, the planet’s health and a global economy focused on endless consumption, competition and profit.
So, let’s focus on what matters and what we can control.
That unfortunately, leaves us in a perilously difficult psychological bind: WHAT do we actually do? I know what my answer is – but that doesn’t mean that works for you.
The next question most people naturally ask is ‘HOW do we fix it?’ as if there were a simple logical and linear answer – there isn’t.
WHERE we find ourselves is thrust deeply towards the bottom of Maslow’s hierarchy for safety, security and self-esteem – perilous for just about anyone who has lived the last 6 decades anywhere in the western world.
So perhaps a better question is ‘WHO do we become?’ to see our way through this.
As leaders as we ‘look through the glass darkly’, can we transcend our safety, security and ego needs and maintain the momentum for ourselves, our families and our teams, by staying connected, compassionate and caring?