It is difficult to know where to start with this blog, and maybe that’s it . . . the situation we find ourselves in is ‘difficult’.
Until the middle of March I was enjoying some well-deserved annual leave, spending time with family and friends, blissfully unaware of the emerging crisis that was developing across the globe. . . . This in itself is interesting, until recently did I really truly care or take note of the rest of the world? I devour news and yet I hadn’t really reflected on what it meant for everyday people in China and Italy to be in ‘lockdown’, in all honesty I was wrapped up in my own world.
Within a few weeks we have learned a whole new vocabulary: self-isolating, social distancing, lockdown; we have learned about the under-funded NHS, its lack of equipment (ventilators), weak supply chains and poorly paid staff; we have witnessed a daily death toll rise and rise and rise.
Our obsession with statistics and graphs is fascinating, is it a way of containing something that is beyond our comprehension? We can understand facts and figures but perhaps not the scale and depth of the virus maelstrom we have been so viciously thrown into. .
We look for answers, which are not forthcoming quickly enough or clearly enough. The answers we are provided with, in the form of policy or government guidance are never good enough, or is it that they don’t tell us what we want to hear? We want to hear that somebody is in charge, somebody knows what to do, somebody can fix this, and somebody can help us.
The challenge of providing answers and guidance has devolved to every level of leadership, from the World Health Organisation, to government, to policy makers and regulators, to organisations and into our homes. This has been a challenge that I have faced within my workplace and at home.
The truth of this crisis is that it feels new. . . We don’t know the right questions to ask to enable us to provide the answers, we are learning those questions as we go and then seeking the answer. It’s true, there have been pandemics throughout history but the world is an ever evolving and changing place and we are human, and humans are fallible.
My reflections may appear to be negative, and in future blogs I intend to focus on the learning, the positive outcomes and the way in which we develop and grow through Covid-19. However, it was important to me to name what is difficult, in my experience that is the best place to start . . . it is only then you can begin to address the difficulty.