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#HealthXPH: Looking Forward to 2021

Thanks to @helenbevan, I read this article from the Harvard Business Review, How to Lead When Your Team is Exhausted – And You Are, Too! It put me in a reflective mood looking back on 2020 whom many would agree was annus horribilis (horrible year)! It also pushed me to look forward… what lies ahead in 2021?

#HealthXPH was founded last December 2013. Gia Sison, Narciso Tapia, Remo Aguilar and myself did our first Google Hangout on air on December 28, 2013! I can’t believe that’s almost seven years ago. This upcoming tweet chat (or maybe FB live if possible) tomorrow 19 December is a special event. Why? Because we’re announcing our incorporation, yes it’s now HealthXPH, Inc! It’s been several years in the works but finally, it happened in the middle of the pandemic. So we’re definitely looking forward to grow #HealthXPH, Inc in 2021! We need to find our second wind and shake off pandemic fatigue.

So, once you lift people (or yourself) up, the goal is not pampering. Rather, it’s about using your connection to catch a second wind. And as any boxer will tell you, a second wind is brought on by defiance, anger, fear, and frustration. Feelings that we usually suppress or intellectualize in our professional lives.

– Merete Wedell-Wedellsborg, How to Lead When Your Team is Exhausted – And You Are, Too!

Virus ka lang, Pinoy kami! That’s defiance. What battles will we choose collectively next year as #HealthXPH, Inc. What will I? What will be our motivation as we forge on in uncertainty? Perhaps our second wind will not be propelled by anger, fear or frustration … but what?

Let’s discuss the following at the #HealthXPH chat:

T1. What did you do in 2020 that you’d never done before?

T2. What’s the most important lesson you learned in 2020?

T3. If you knew the pandemic was coming, what would you have told your 2019 self?

T4. What are your plans for 2021?

I think answering these questions will help us carry out Wedell-Wedellsborg’s advice in the HBR article:

  • Understand urgency vs importance. Don’t fall for the mindset, Let’s address this after the pandemic is over.
  • Balance compassion and containment. Too much compassion may lead to learned helplessness, so containment means providing stability to help each other snap out of self-pity.
  • Energize everyone, every day. And that’s what the HealthXPH team is for me, a source of energy and strength outside my academic life.

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