Chaos to Calm: Chaos to Calm During Covid-19

February 11, 2021 @ 7:45 am – 9:45 am
Zoom Meeting

Speaker:   Mary Ellen Ball from Open Communities

Summary of Presentation:

“Leaders must either invest a reasonable amount of time trying to manage fears and feelings, or squander an unreasonable amount of time trying to manage ineffective and unproductive behavior,” Brene Brown, Daring to Lead.


Regardless if you were already remote or are new to the remote workplace, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought uncertainty to our lives. Our teams are scared, overwhelmed and exhausted. Without a sense of order, teams may experience increased conflict, guilt and anxiety regarding work performance. But we cannot be our best selves if we are operating out of fear. As a leader, it is you who is responsible for setting the tone and moving from chaos to calm.


Let nonprofit leadership and executive coaching expert Mary Ellen Ball walk you through the fundamentals of responding to your team in ways that help you identify your own stress/fear responses and recognize them in others. Once we build a foundation of self-awareness, we can transition into creating and thriving.


Learning Objectives

  • Gain clarity on how you are responding and leading through COVID-19

  • Recognize the various behaviors that can lead to collaboration or strife

  • Leverage organizational values as a foundation for collaboration

  • Review scripts to speak with staff about fear and stress

  • Build courage to connect in ways that allow growth and understanding


Chief executives, executive directors, board members, human resources senior management and managers and program directors—anyone who impacts workplace culture can benefit.



Stateline SHRM Members Fee:    $0

Non-Member Web Meeting Fee:  $15