Bracing to Lead Through Post-Election Uncertainty

As we prepare for a pivotal moment in our political history, social sector leaders are grappling with the uncertainty of this election and the looming impact it will have on their teams. What do I say? Should I share my own perspectives? What are other organizations doing? How should I support my staff on Wednesday and in the weeks that follow? We’ve heard leaders wrestle with these and other questions as they plan for an imminent new reality this week (and beyond). Whatever results come or remain unknown on election day, we will face the challenge of taking care of the communities we serve while simultaneously trying to take care of our colleagues and ourselves. Here are measures social sector leaders are taking, including our own, to support their teams after Election Day.

We can’t populate our way to inclusion: Relationships are the building blocks of inclusive culture

Clearly, painting “Black Lives Matter” in the street doesn’t undo a legacy of racist policies. Most of us have a sense that releasing public statements supporting the Black Lives Matter movement won’t automatically eliminate the need to interrogate exclusionary organizational practices. But here’s where we find many organizational leaders get stuck: Will hiring more Black people address the impact of white dominant norms embedded in organizational cultures and infused in interpersonal relationships? In this month’s blog, two Promise54 team members - Cornelius Lee and Andrew Greenia - describe the steps they’ve taken across difference to develop an inclusive relationship.

The Complexities of Resilience

We recently held a teamwide discussion of the concept of resilience, and asked Promise54 team members to share their reflections on how and where they learned about resilience and how they’re considering it today. When we entered into the conversation, we were expecting – and found! – inspiring stories of perseverance, courage, strength, power, and survival. But, notably, the notion of resilience can also be oppressive - a source of pain and suffering. We found ourselves in a rich discussion of the nuances, complexities, and trade-offs that can accompany resilience, as well as the ways in which the concept has been weaponized, and how our own beliefs about resilience have changed over time.

We’re eager to share the raw reflections of a subset of our team members, in hopes that readers find inspiration or meaning in them. But, before we fully dive in, we’d like to take a minute to make our intent clear: our aim is to reclaim the concept of resilience by embracing the consideration of all its nuances.