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In the face of COVID-19, all eyes look to leadership to define the course of action. Bob VandePol addresses how leaders can control how they lead and that will stand the test of time.
Supporting someone after a loved one dies provides a daunting challenge. Those you reach out to will never forget your response. Neither will you. The following suggestions have proven helpful: 1. Listening is the most effective communication tool….
For people with friends and family living in areas affected by the tragic earthquake, watching news coverage of the devastation can be very distressing, particularly if there is no information about the safety and well-being of friends and family….
The effects of tornadoes can be long-lasting and the resulting trauma can reverberate even with those not directly affected by the disaster. It is common for people who have experienced traumatic situations to have very strong emotional reactions….
Have you ever noticed how tragedies so often lead to additional tragedies? When under the influence of the shock of traumatic stress, people – whether part of a family, an organization and/or a community – often make uncharacteristic…
Under any circumstances, the death of an associate provides a daunting leadership challenge. All eyes will be on you as leader and how you respond will echo throughout the team. Your team will never forget your response. Neither will you. Effective…
More than 50 research studies worldwide have found that certain types of news coverage can increase the likelihood of suicide in vulnerable individuals. The magnitude of the increase is related to the amount, duration and prominence of coverage. As…
Don’t Let Tragedy Lead to Another Tragedy Death powerfully jars our concept of the way life is supposed to be. When the death is by suicide, those feeling are magnified. How leaders respond after death by suicide (postvention) is critical…
It’s tempting to rush to faith-driven explanations for seemingly senseless events and tragedy, but they often incite further hurt, frustration or even rage.


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