Hosting a major event is like planning for a disaster.
There is a saying among emergency managers that during an incident is no time for introductions, meaning you should know people you will need to know in a crisis well before a disaster is declared.
Build your relationships before an incident. The accumulation of deliberate connections, finding common ground and mutual interest, “breaking bread” or whatever you choose to call it can look like a waste of time to some. It is not.
If the past 18 months threw you off balance, and the external uncertainty left a low-grade anxiety lingering across your organization, maybe you should re-consider that your work habits. I’m reading Cal Newport’s A World Without Email concurrently with a virtual 8 -week mindfulness course. I highly recommend both to reconnect with how managing people requires managing yourself first. The course is with John Bruna who lives in Carbondale (mindfullifeprogram.org). Bruna speaks of “becoming aware of being unaware.” In his course workbook, he cites psychologist who notes that “most people are so distracted that they do not know what they are doing about half the time they are awake.” There is so much stimulus coming at us, it stirs our mind to a frenzy and blurs our attention. Mindfulness is a tool for re-setting attention.