A couple of weeks ago, I was sick. My room transformed into a cave, and my husband and daughter avoided me for four days straight.
I know it was only four days. However, as a founder and small business owner, it was a lonely and stressful time. Resources are limited, time is of the essence, and there is a sense that if I don’t show up, the work doesn’t get done.
In the past, I would have powered on with the fear of letting people down. Or the fear of being seen as unavailable or (shock!) not superhuman and “always-on” and ready to respond.
New me, the business owner, the do it my way Kate, and determined to set an example of a better way of working Kate, decided to do it differently.
Over the days, as I began to regain my sanity and strength, and between my newfound addiction to lemonade icy poles (perhaps better known as a popsicle) and The Real Housewives of New York AND Beverly Hills (I was deep), I realised a couple of things:
I canceled or rescheduled countless meetings and calls, pushed back deadlines, or simply didn’t respond for a day or two. In each instance, I was met with concern and care for my well-being.
It delighted me to see our aligned values in action; human first and business second. Focusing on the human element of work allows us to forge stronger partnerships, leading to combined success.
I realised that resilience isn’t just about making it to the other side still standing, and as Liane Davey said, “From now on, tell yourself, “It’s so busy at work right now, I can’t afford NOT to take care of myself!”
As we continue to face the challenges of lockdowns, separation from loved ones, loss, and uncertainty, taking care of our physical and mental health and investing in our resilience is critical. As employers, leaders, and colleagues, we need to focus on developing a positive, resilient culture instead of just overcoming adversity.
So there you have it. Forge partnerships with those who have aligned values. Invest in your resilience early so you can thrive in adversity. By no means is it rocket science, and it’s not award-winning content, but a helpful reminder for myself, nonetheless, and I hope for you too.