Managing in and through a crisis – Part 4

This short video is the final part in a series of four around managing in and though a crisis presented by Aimee Robson.

In this video, Aimee concludes the series by explaining the fourth concept which is ‘Understanding ourselves’ using the Japanese philosophy of Ikigai.

Understanding ourselves can be a really useful skill to have, particularly when we find ourselves managing in and through a crisis.

Ikigai is the Japanese word that means my reason for being. The Oxford Dictionary definition of ikigai is a motivating force something or someone that gives a person a sense of purpose or a reason for living.

In this video, when thinking about managing in and through a crisis, I found it extremely helpful to frame my perspective on my own personal assets, strengths, and what intrinsically motivates me to be my best self. So let’s break it down.

Ikigai outlines four main domains. What you love, what you are good at, what you can get paid for and what the world needs. For me as a leader, when I’ve managed in and through a crisis and done it well, I’ve leant into the assets and strengths that I have innately in me. This has made me personally reflect on what I’m actually there to do in that function, in that part of my work role.

Sometimes as a leader, when managing in and through a crisis, it feels difficult and hard. Taking time to reflect on ikigai and even asking myself or asking my peers what am I good at is really important.

This perspective, mindset and outlook have been very positive and focussed on ‘what’s strong’ rather than ‘what’s wrong.’ This as a mental framework of ikigai supports my resilience and managing in and through a crisis with my greatest skills and also confidence.

Thank you for watching and feel free to leave a comment on this video to promote Project M’s approach to shared learning.

Having now watched the video, please take a moment to reflect on the following questions:

Q: What key piece of learning will you take from this video?

Q: How will you put your learning back into your professional practice?

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