When the COVID 19 pandemic hit, or at least when it started to become clear that this was an extraordinary and devastating event, I, like many others, asked myself “What can I do to help?”.
In my case, I did two things – followed the advice to stay at home (devoutly) and I joined a group of Hult accredited coaches offering pro bono coaching for National Health Service and social care staff. The offer was enthusiastically taken up by people dealing with the stresses and strains of working in the UK health service. Not all of these stresses and strains were directly related to COVID 19 though. The people who have come for coaching have often been clinicians who are also leaders and managers of people. They are themselves under tremendous pressure, experiencing great uncertainty and ambiguity. At the same time, they are being called on to provide leadership and clarity for teams of people who are delivering care and service, in a resource-constrained, complex, intense environment.