HERE AND NOW
Hope is defined in the research as believing something positive could materialize despite fearing the worst.
When hopeful, we yearn for something better and put energy towards manifesting it. Hope is foundational to the efforts of positive psychologists and us, as organizational consultants, as we seek to support leaders and organizations in finding creative possibilities for our most challenging situations.
As leaders, we know that outcomes change for the better when our employees and teams embrace hopeful and optimistic perspectives. Our job is to create a work environment where hope can flourish. This requires three things:
As people, we need goals. Sometimes these are concrete goals like production numbers or achieving completion dates on an implementation. More often, however, these are less tangible goals, like feeling valued in your work or having a team that has your back. Goals are often unconscious, and we make decisions based on them, whether they are conscious or not.
Hope requires us to be able to see the good despite the bad. We must be able to locate alternatives, seek new ways of doing things, and find the learning in everything.
Agency encompasses control and mastery. Our situations can feel hopeless because we believe we have neither of these two things. As leaders, we must help others build a sense of control, no matter how small, over the things that matter to them. We also need to ensure they have mastery, the ability, and competence to tackle the challenges.
There is much attention right now on mental health challenges, high burnout rates, and increased stress levels, but the aspects of hope are powerful tools to regenerate a workforce that is rapidly evolving post-COVID.
So, if you want to encourage innovation, engagement, retention, and results:
DID YOU KNOW?
While you know that having hope is essential in our everyday lives to help us keep our heads up so we can face our everyday challenges. But did you know that according to psychologists, hope is not a luxury? Instead, they say for mental health, hope is a necessity.
For more information about why hope is so important, check out the following articles. These articles were written in 2020 as the pandemic was just getting started. It’s possible that the information within is even more relevant given that the duration of the uncertainty and chaos we all experienced have lasted longer than anyone could have predicted.
Articles for more information:
GOOD FOR YOU
Revive Energy and Joy After Burnout and Fatigue
As you and your teams attempt to navigate the impact of the pandemic, your surge capacity has likely been maxed out, you may be tired and worn down. This series of interactive sessions is intended to help pump energy and resilience back into you, so you can do the same for your teams.
During each session, your coach will introduce a topic with a brief teaching, and then engage you and your colleagues in a conversation about it, providing coaching insights as appropriate. This is a highly interactive team-building experience where you will share observations, situations, and best practices. The session concludes with self-reflection and a self-care strategy you can implement to help you refocus so you can effectively respond to chaotic situations with strength, resilience, and creativity.
We can customize these interactive virtual coaching sessions to meet your specific needs. Cohorts up to 20 participants.
• Compassion Fatigue/Burnout
• Grief and Resilience
• Belonging in the Workplace
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IN THE NEWS
MEET OUR TEAM
Now that we’ve introduced you to our newest team members, we’ll take a step back and reintroduce you to our CEO and some of our long-time staff: