Friday Faves is our weekly blog series highlighting a few select pieces from the REG team’s reading lists. You can catch up on past Friday Faves on the archive

Cartoon of the week

Anne says: Dear CEOs – this is one of the images from Gapingvoid’s e-book (linked below). After last week’s 2 articles about leadership behaviour while working remotely, this particular cartoon really emphasised the mindset required by everyone as we navigate through the current crisis.

Leadership in the time of coronavirus

Anne says: This is yet another gem from the Gapingvoid team. It’s a free e-book with 12 pages of cartoons and accompanying commentary. Each page will resonate for people in different ways for different contexts.

I’ve even added one of them as a background for my Zoom meetings. I hope you find at least one of these provides you with some inspiration.

Readhttps://www.gapingvoid.com/blog/2020/03/25/leadership-in-the-time-of-coronavirus/

Lockdown was supposed to be an introvert’s paradise. It’s not.

Anne says: Zoom parties were fun – initially… Then it started to feel like overload, now it’s overwhelm… and now I’m declining drinks sessions. What’s going on? We’re supposed to hate being isolation and craving any contact with others – right?

This article initially started discussing how quarantine, confinement or lockdown was an introvert’s dream – being officially empowered to decline social gatherings. Except when they’re online – now you have NO excuse. But it moves beyond just introverts feeling bombarded to social overwhelm being experienced by many people. Suddenly video hookups are required for work, for school lessons, for check-ins with family, and everything else.

Enter anxiety – the article explores the different ways people experience anxiety. Layer that with families or flatmates all confined into the same space – all day, all night – and we’re starting to see how both introverts and extroverts are becoming more anxious.

There’s some interesting tips to make some of the video calls more meaningful – from creating some structure, playing games, discussing topics – rather than just the chaotic unstructured everyone trying to talk at once. For me, I was kind of attracted to playing games online with someone on a video call – I wonder how a game of Backgammon would work? Stay tuned – I’ll update you!

And remember, if you’re using Zoom – pay attention to the security features to avoid any ZoomBombing moments.

Read: Play Phil Collins’ In the Air Tonight: “I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life” while reading – https://www.technologyreview.com/s/615437/virtual-happy-hour-introverts-lockdown-coronavirus/

That discomfort you’re feeling is grief

Jakkii says: Last week I shared a piece looking at the surreality of life in a pandemic. The week before, I talked about the challenge of focus in these weird times. This week, I want to talk to you about grief.

I had this piece earmarked for sharing this week for quite a while before I could bring myself to sit down and write something to go with it. The many of us who’ve known grief when it comes to the loss of a friend or family member know how big it can be. How everlasting, in fact, though its shape and size change over time (or, to use another metaphor I’ve read before, we make ourselves bigger and grow around the grief in order to move forward).

But what is both tangible and intangible in a loss of a loved one is that loss of a person – the world has a person-shaped hole in it where they once lived, and while it’s hard, it’s something real, something that is a part of life, even though we might not want to accept that when it’s our loved one lost. However, when it comes to the utterly upside-down world we find ourselves living in right now, it’s hard to immediately identify it for ourselves as loss, especially if we’re still working (even if from home). It’s harder still to identify our feelings and reactions as grief, especially if our association with grief is that all-encompassing, wrenching sadness of the loss of a loved one.

Yet, grief it actually is, at least for many of us – maybe most of us, maybe even all of us. Maybe you’ve been having intense coronavirus dreams, which have apparently become common. I won’t presume to know what you’re feeling, but if you’re anything like me, or like others I have spoken to about it, then you are probably feeling some form of grief.

If we can name it, perhaps we can manage it.

This is something we try to teach kids – to name their emotions so they can understand them and learn to manage them. It’s still true for us as adults. This piece is a great interview with David Kessler on grief, in which he discusses the different types of grief we’re experiencing, and, importantly, some strategies to try to manage it.

I don’t know about you, but while it’s not a normal Easter – this is your reminder to STAY AT HOME – I’m really in need of the four day break. There’s been a constant stress and tension around me since this began and, frankly, it’s time for a break from thinking. I’m going to work on some of the strategies from the article, stock up on compassion, and do my best to switch my mind into neutral, take some deep breaths, go for a (safe and socially distanced) walk by the river for some exercise, and otherwise stay at home, cook, read a book, watch something on Netflix, and just decompress.

I need it, and maybe you do too.

If you’re not OK, you can reach out and speak to someone. Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or text 0477 13 11 14.

Readhttps://hbr.org/2020/03/that-discomfort-youre-feeling-is-grief

Around the house

Jakkii says: We’ve all got to entertain ourselves somehow while we’re staying at home! From mindless entertainment to more practical projects, here’s a few articles you might find useful – especially over the long weekend!

And finally, here’s Samuel L Jackson with a little reminder for us all:

via Gfycat

Friday Funnies

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Misinformation Friday Five

COVID-19 Friday Five

Work Friday Five

Tech Friday Five

Social Media Friday Five

Sydney Business Insights – The Future This Week Podcast

This week: big tech in the time of corona, and why robots are not taking your job. Sandra Peter (Sydney Business Insights) and Kai Riemer (Digital Disruption Research Group) meet once a week to put their own spin on news that is impacting the future of business in The Future, This Week.

The stories this week

03:26 – Big tech could emerge stronger than ever

18:48 – If robots steal so many jobs, why aren’t they saving us?

26:26 – We are building a COVID-19 business impacts portal

Other stories we bring up

Will the tech industry survive the coronavirus?

Has the coronavirus killed the techlash?

Our previous conversation on TFTW around #BreakupBigTech and more #BreakupBigTech

Our previous conversation on TFTW around corporate inequality

Big tech swallows most of startups

Google builds site (kind of) that President Trump falsely announced

Google’s COVID-19 site

Our previous conversation on TFTW around robots stealing our jobs and how automation will impact quantity vs quality of work

Listenhttps://sbi.sydney.edu.au/big-tech-and-automation-during-covid-19-on-the-future-this-week/

Remote Working Meetup Group

working remotely laptop

Our international community of remote workers meet on Friday mornings (8am Sydney time) each week. Our next formal meetup is on April 17, however, if Easter doesn’t really feel like Easter to you this year and you’d like to jump on board with a coffee and an Easter Egg on Friday morning (or a wine on Thursday afternoon or evening, depending where you’re located!), then join the meetup group and RSVP for tomorrow’s meetup.

Whether tomorrow or next week, we’d love to have you!

Join: https://www.meetup.com/Remote-Working-Meetup-Group


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