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I felt privileged, honoured and understandably somewhat apprehensive when approached about writing a blog. Do you write from a personal or professional stance; my search history would show endless searches as to “how do you write a blog”, “top tips for blogging”, "what even is a blog?" on and on it went. Reader caution therefore is advised as despite the relentlessly googling I can't say I am any the wiser.

So as they say … here goes nothing. 

Since the pandemic mental health issues have been on the rise with many struggling with isolation during lockdowns - unable to see family and friends. Readjusting back to our new “normal” has brought its own challenges too, with the cost of living crisis adding another layer of worry and anxiety for many people. We never know the struggles others may be dealing with and Mental Health Awareness Week gives us all pause to look out for each other and ask:

One outworking of the pandemic is that we now have the access and technology to work 24/7 and it can be tempting to clear emails late in the evening and on the weekends. However leaders with an eye to employee wellbeing and retention must consider how emails received outside hours affect others.

I often take an hour at the weekend to go through emails and plan for the incoming week and it is tempting to fire off a few emails to colleagues to make sure that projects progress. 

It is more than six decades since the sexual revolution and more than 100 years since women got the vote in the UK so now, in 2022 do we still need to “Break the Bias?”

Well, the short answer is yes.

As I join CO3 this week as chief executive I have been reflecting on the leadership challenge. The coming months will be a steep learning curve as I work to gain an understanding not just of CO3 and how the organisation operates, but the unique characteristics of the wider third sector and the challenges facing its leaders.