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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.
The Sources of Resilience
Anne says: We need to be resilient!
Please don’t groan, I know this statement and many similar ones are filling so many articles at the moment. From personal resilience, organisational resilience, leadership resilience, resilience training, in fact, I think I saw one about dogs being resilient! Then why am I highlighting yet another article? Because I think this one is different – I think this ones provides some useful strategies and is grounded in research.
Based on the research that covered a number of rounds of validation before being tested globally, a set of 10 resilient statements were developed – these are statements that had the strongest relationship to resilience-like outcomes (in the workplace).
Where the article deviates is how these statements reveal 3 levels which the authors refer to as sources of resilience. Statements 1 – 4 relate to yourself, the actions and mindsets in your control; statements 5 – 7 identify your team leader or manager as your source of resilience; and finally, statements 8 – 10 are your organisation’s senior leadership. Together, they form your resilience ecosystem. Expanding on these concepts, the study has provided specific guidance at each source of resilience; that is, what you can do to manage and increase your resilience ecosystem.
Of course, all of the concepts would need to be embedded within a contextual framework, and make allowances for ebbs and flows of resilience. Nonetheless, even if these statements are used to facilitate discussions about how teams and individuals are structuring their working contexts, and leaders were made aware of how to support resilience, there can be many positive outcomes from using a framework such as this to lead and guide those discussions.
The art of the pandemic meltdown
Jakkii says: This was a pretty good read on the art of the meltdown, and how to make it more ‘productive’ for us (i.e. to actually help you release the tension that meltdowns are trying to get out, rather than continuing to bottle things up until it all goes too far). It’s behind a paywall, so if you’re not a subscriber to the Wall Street Journal, you might not be able to read the full piece, but if you do have access, I thought it was worth a read.
What is a pandemic meltdown?
It’s what happens after you’ve held it together for all these turbulent months—through a pandemic and quarantine, working from home and home schooling, civil unrest and the most divisive public discourse in several lifetimes. And then something seemingly small happens and suddenly you’re screaming alone in your car or sobbing to your dog about, well, everything.
As the article points out, people lost control of their emotions before 2020 came along, but the author suggests we’re doing it a lot more now because we’re living through a sustained period of heightened, generally negative emotions – stress, fear, and anger – while being bombarded with bad news and living with the need to be constantly vigilant. It’s no wonder people are having pandemic fatigue, let alone the occasional pandemic meltdown! It’s also probably not that hard to imagine why so many people have or are becoming complacent, particularly in parts of the world fortunate enough to be seeing no or very few cases, with a rush to free ourselves mentally and emotionally of the burden of all that stress, fear, anxiety and vigilance.
But back to the meltdowns – it turns out they can actually have an upside:
Yet meltdowns have an upside. They allow us to release tension. And once we do that, we can think more clearly, because we’re no longer spending all our energy trying to hold it together. “A meltdown is the body’s natural mechanism to let go, to cleanse itself of painful emotions,” says Tal Ben-Shahar, a psychologist who specializes in the science of happiness. “It lets us reset.”
The trick, apparently, is to try to have a productive meltdown, so you get the benefit of letting go, of cleansing, and of being able to reset. The key steps in having a productive meltdown according to this piece are:
- Accept it
- Plan ahead (if possible)
- Know what you need, and tell others
- Model a good meltdown (particularly if you have kids)
- Try an “alternate rebellion” (for example, turn your phone off and go do something fun just for you, instead of rebelling by sending your boss that angry email – or quitting your job in the heat of the moment)
- Calm yourself
- Explore the meaning of your meltdown
- Move on (apologise if you need to, and forgive yourself)
There you have it – next time you’re headed for a pandemic meltdown, hopefully you’ll remember at least some of this and you can turn it into something with a useful outcome that helps get rid of that tension.
Around the house
My mother has truly produced the pumpkin of our era. pic.twitter.com/P6V4ixMRw7
— Alex Barnard (@avb_soc) October 19, 2020
Jakkii says: Happy Halloween! Perhaps as a holdover from my years as a resident of North America, I love Halloween and the spooky season. It’s set to be a very different one this year, though, with plenty of jurisdictions banning trick or treating, while others are just asking people to be covid-safe and be responsible. Whether you’re in lockdown, under curfew, or just getting back out into the world again, here’s to another week of staying safe and staying healthy! And, of course, here’s a few more things this week to help keep you entertained at home:
- Ideas for handing out Halloween treats during a pandemic
- Get into the Halloween spirit and binge on horror TV all weekend long with this list of suggestions
- Get spooky with the history of the ouija board, which is both pure and evil
- Also turning to the history books is this brief-but-interesting history of the TV dinner
- Enjoy a 2 hour DJ set from New Caledonia, streamed via Facebook from 7pm tonight (30 October)
- Take a trip down memory lane with the Nostalgia Millennial Instagram account (NB: it’s in Spanish)
- Pretend 2020 is still an Olympic year with the strange story of the 1904 Olympic Marathon
- In 2020, is science fiction still an escape?
- Learn about the psychology behind that tempting quarantine makeover
This house in my neighborhood every year nails Halloween decorations. pic.twitter.com/eX19mACqUv
— Gelly Bean (@funangela) October 18, 2020
My 20 year old cousin got his own apartment and it’s going pretty well pic.twitter.com/SaPSogpo0r
— Henpecked Hal (@HenpeckedHal) October 8, 2020
This eagle looks like he just found out he’s the symbol of the United States LMAO https://t.co/QxdbY7Xg39
— Blacks RULE (@zuri_too) October 5, 2020
My kids: Halloween isn’t gonna be any fun this year☹️
Me: *scaring my kids in the house for all of October*pic.twitter.com/6ti3Z1lyx1
— Reagan Gomez (@ReaganGomez) September 10, 2020
please everyone look at this duck pic.twitter.com/1rJlxT9oWl
— sarah (@heavenbrat) October 6, 2020
US Election Friday Five
- Six Republican Secretaries of State tried to stop Facebook’s effort to register millions of voters
- Facebook is tilting the political playing field more than ever, and it’s no accident
- Google data shows how different 2020 is from other US election years
- TikTok to add Election Day resources, live results from AP to its election guide
- Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intel officials say
Misinformation Friday Five
- A new study finds that Facebook is not censoring conservatives despite their repeated attacks
- No one fights QAnon like the global army of K-Pop superfans
- Banned conspiracy channels are suing YouTube over its anti-QAnon moderation push
- An update to how Facebook addresses movements and organizations tied to violence
- Spotify is defending Alex Jones’ appearance on “The Joe Rogan Experience”
COVID-19 Friday Five
My professor teaching to class on zoom:
Me, trying to prevent my professor from teaching into the void:
— Adrianna (@adri_holmes00) October 8, 2020
- The COVID-normal city: Will we ever return to our CBD offices?
- Contact-tracing apps: there’s no evidence they’re helping stop COVID-19
- Why lockdown had little to no effect on global temperatures
- Cate Blanchett: ‘Covid-19 has ravaged the whole idea of small government’
- The COVID-19 vaccine protest movement is far ahead of the vaccine itself
Work Friday Five
- MIT SMR’s Culture 500
- Can young people thrive in a remote-work world?
- How the needs of monks and empire builders helped mold the modern-day office
- Here’s why Inbox Zero will never work for you
- The new normal balancing act. How to manage both remote and on premises teams
Tech Friday Five
- Twitter, Google, Facebook CEOs defend key internet law [US]
- Apple reportedly steps up effort to build Google search alternative
- When tech changes language and then lives forever
- How we discovered that VR can profile your personality
- Should a conscious robot get the same rights as a human?
Social Media Friday Five
- Nigerian media won’t cover the #EndSARS protests, so young people are doing it for them
- Tanzania votes amid social media restrictions, ‘widespread irregularities’
- TikTok partners with Shopify on social commerce
- Tencent surges after U.S. court upholds stay on WeChat ban
- Facebook’s Tech Chief: how we built it and where we’re going
Sydney Business Insights – The Future This Week Podcast
This week: after a flurry of contradicting announcements, we discuss if self-driving cars have finally arrived, or what it would take to get them here.
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
Other stories we bring up