I have written a short article on leadership or employee engagement every week for many years. This week I was tempted not to. There is a crisis going on that demands our attention as leaders. Should I be taking the time to write this? Should you be taking the time to read this?
My answer was yes; we should all be acting as leaders right now. We should be taking the time to get the best information possible and to think about how to act in a way that is socially and fiscally responsible.
Here are some thoughts that are guiding me, and my leadership, daily right now:
I feel uncertain about where the next weeks and month will take us, but I have learned over the years that despite uncertain circumstances, there are patterns of thought and actions that work better than others and will see us through. This is a serious situation that demands my attention, I need to listen, be empathic, stay informed, stay self-aware, and make the best decisions possible and repeat until this thing is over. And it will be over.
IBEX Payroll extends our profound respect and immeasurable gratitude to all the ancestors and keepers of the land on whose traditional territories our work takes place. We acknowledge that we are on Treaty 1 territory, the traditional gathering place of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene people and the traditional homeland of the Métis people. This land is sacred, historical, and significant.
Every time we acknowledge this truth, we have an invitation and an opportunity to reflect on the wrongs of the past, what we do in the present, and what we can do to continually honour the people whose lands and water we benefit from today.
This statement only acts as a first step in honouring the land we reside on and its peoples, and must be paired with education, understanding and informed action.