Reflections on lockdown from our Workforce Lead Shay Fenlon


Hi, how’s it going?

So, the last couple of days I’ve been thinking about my key reflection since we’ve been in the Covid-19 lockdown.

And the point I keep coming back to is one that I heard on one of the magic academy podcasts, a couple of months ago now, with a guy called Kirk Vallis who is the head of creativity at Google. A pretty cool job. And kirk was talking about this idea of autopilot brain.

So often, when we come up with a new idea, or a new project, we’re influenced by the way we have worked previously. And what they do at Google to try and break this is they always ask the question, “What’s another way we could do this?” And that really resonated with me at the time.

And to be fair, I think it’s probably the question I’ve asked the most since we’ve been in this lockdown. Whether that’s to the local workforce, to tutors we’ve been working with, to the Leap team and even my family in certain situations.

Because so much has changed in the last 10 weeks or so that we’ve been forced to do things very, very differently, and then this got me thinking that. And if anyone has ever heard Tim Hollingsworth speak, who’s the Chief Executive at Sport England. Tim always talks around we need to think, work and behave differently in order to have greater social outcomes.

So I think moving forward, as the lockdown starts to ease, and we move into this new normal, whatever that’s going to look like. Definitely one of the things I’m going to try to keep doing is asking myself and others, what’s another way we could do this? And hopefully we could have greater impact in the work we are all doing.

So I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts on this, whether you agree and what your key reflections have been from the covid-19 lockdown.

In true essence of trying to work differently I’d usually do this type of thing via a blog post or tweet, so I’ve tried something new with the video. Thanks for listening, and catch up with you soon hopefully.