I don’t mind admitting that I’ve found it incredibly hard being a human being let alone a decent leader over the past month or so. On the leadership front I’d give myself a four out of 10 tops. Perhaps this is not surprising due to the nature of the events we’ve been living through. One day you’re in the agency making good progress on the plan you’ve set for the year; the next, you’re at home counting the projects on hold and the spend cancelled, asking people to take pay cuts and announcing furloughs by video call, worrying about whether the advice you’re giving clients is well informed enough and if it’s really possible to build chemistry in new business via Zoom, all whilst juggling home learning times three. It’s been the sort of hugely disorientating experience that Mike Tyson refers to when he says, “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. ” And, though a new routine has formed, I still haven’t found a replacement for my most effective management technique … walking around.
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