We have all heard about PTSD – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – and the impact this has on individuals for months, or even years, after the distressful event. There are two other possible outcomes.
Some individuals deal with the event in the moment and have little or no lasting change to their lives. The third type of reaction to trauma, or dealing with adversity, is PTG – Post-Traumatic Growth.
From these two lists, ask a couple of questions. What new ways of work are we going to stay with in the Post-Covid reality? How do these new approaches make us stronger individually, as a team and as an organisation? This is where we experience Post-Traumatic Growth. Celebrate that growth, not from a comparison to other teams or organisations, but to the grit and resilience shown in confronting and growing through adversity.
To keep a celebration strong, we want to pause the conversation for a few days to allow all of it to sink in. Then, set up a second meeting to establish how can we take those experiences and create everyday growth and innovation. Start by recognising that each of these adaptations are innovations, and that the situation caused us to challenge our strongly held assumptions about how things have to be. Create space for challenging current assumptions to achieve better results as a normal part of our decision process.
This activity of reflection and celebration will help to Connect the Dots, put an end point to the Covid response, and create a springboard to leverage the strengths that your team has developed over the past year.