As we draw the ‘Dancing with Complexity’ series to a close, we would like to wish you a wonderful Christmas. It obviously won’t be the usual one, but hopefully it will be an opportunity for rest for some of us, whilst acknowledging those working on the front line who may not be as fortunate. As I watched Newgrange online this morning, after the longest night of the year, the symbolism was not lost.
In adaptive leadership, alongside all the ‘hard’ practices of seeing the system, acting purposefully, thinking politically etc, sits the practice of self-care. This is no less important and can be considered a foundation for the rest. When working with clients, I often encounter a feeling of selfishness as people consider their own self-care. A number of years ago, I had the stark realisation that if I don’t take care of myself, then I can’t be there for others – it is not a selfish act, but one that enables us to get up in the morning and focus on whatever is important to us.
Acknowledging that we will miss the usual festivities and time with friends and family, perhaps for those of us who can, it would be nice to consider this Christmas as a time to wind-down and replenish our reserves for whatever 2021 will bring. As of this morning, the longest night is behind us … wishing you well as the days get longer over Christmas and beyond.
If you would like to hear more from us, why not try our November Podcast: ‘Dancing with Complexity’. This podcast gives an overview of this series of blogs. Also, feel free to get in contact if you would like chat in the New Year about how we can support you and / or your business at this time.
Eadine Hickey and Gerry Prizeman