As leaders, how much should you talk about optimism or hope during times of widespread hardship? Might it appear superficial to your employees and communities?
Research done by Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan conclude that “it’s precisely in the midst of a setback or challenging time, that leaders should be actively encouraging positivity because it will help teams weather the storm.”
Working with an organization in the midst of a financial crisis, the researchers urged supervisors to incorporate gestures like increased praise and recognition,
“The managerial rule books fail us at times like these when people are searching for meaning and a reason to hope for the future,” according to a Harvard Business Review article. Surely, that applies to Myanmar in the spring of 2021.
In the article “Leading in Times of Trauma,” authors Dutton, Frost, Worline, Lilius, and Kanov share essential lessons about responding compassionately during tumultuous times.
A leader’s response helps the organization “to maintain high performance in difficult times… to heal,
Jack P. DeBoer died peacefully on March 12, 2021, after a long, fulfilling life of ninety years. He was a towering man with a personal touch and an oversized impact.
In Jack’s extensive business career, he founded the extended-stay hotel concept within the United States’ hospitality industry. Beginning in 1975, Jack launched five nationwide lodging franchises, eventually selling the first three to Marriott, Hyatt, and InterContinental Hotels Group. Jack DeBoer was a classic entrepreneur of vision, confidence, and perseverance – an innovator in both the business and humanitarian sectors. He was renowned in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas as a civic leader,
According to Trello contributor, Kat Boogard, here are a few signs that your team may be overwhelmed:
- Energy levels are dipping. Studies show that “work-related stress is directly correlated to fatigue.” When employees who are normally energetic and proactive are more reactive and disengaged, “it’s time to take a closer look at what’s happening.” When we are pushed to our limits, it’s common for us to feel tired.
- Work quality is decreasing. When your team or individual employees deliver work with more errors than usual or the overall quality is decreased,
A Myanmar national and an ethnic woman, Kaliar Saw, ’14 DeBoer Fellow, is a triple minority among her peers as she performs her daily work at World Vision International as a Strategy Specialist for the East Asia Region. She has to be assertive and cannot expect anything to come easy. We sat down and asked her about her experience working and leading in a multicultural environment at the regional level.
DeBoer Fellowship (DF) staff: Why are you in this field of work? What motivates you to do what you do?
Kaliar Saw: Before I began working for a development organization,