We have been assessing the situation as it relates to our upcoming conference. We said we will hold our conference as long as it is within our control to do so. However, the recent directive from the White House and the CDC to eliminate gatherings of over 10 people until late March gave us reason to pause and again review. Here's our plan of action.
We have decided to postpone the live on-location event at this time and move it online! We will produce even online as an option for those who prefer wish to continue with their plans for being evidence-based - and we highly recommend that of course.
One truth of the Coronavirus that is obvious to individuals and agencies, and at the same time not is what I will call the "economic uncertainty flu". Its very real. Here are 4 tips I suggest for tackling it head on.
ACT! Have a plan of action. Prepare as with any impending danger, not just stay reactive and get trampled upon.
Expand, not contract. Many are distracted and retreating. Although some retreating can help while you assess the situation, I personally prefer to look for the silver lining and expand into it. If you look you will find. Take courage and look for it.
Press on. Though it will be hard for a while, in my experience we always find a way. Things just seem to always get better. Press on.
Stay focused on your goals. Watch less TV. Remain focused.
I want to encourage you and maybe help get the bounce back in your step - because in my humble opinion, all this media hype and its focus on the negative around the coronavirus is stealing people's joy. It has made many very fearful, and in quite a few cases very irrationally fearful. The facts as we know simply do not support the level of fear in our society today. Some authorities are beginning to I think make bad decisions also.
As an evidence-based community we have looked at the data and information from authoritative sources such as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The facts simply do not support the fear being generated by the media. There's undue focus in the media on how many cases have been found and how many have died. There's no talk about how many have recovered! It makes me wonder. Some 2 weeks ago I read somewhere that over 43,000 have indeed recovered from the infection. We also know that people who contract the disease do recover and have recovered from it.
It’s everywhere you turn these days - Coronavirus. You turn on the news (am not much for watching tv) and it’s as if the world is ending the way they are reporting it. The news media has been so skewed of late am not so sure what to believe. As I see it, many are simply trying to lay their opinions on me.
Some people have asked me what I think of the coronavirus thing. This is what I tell them.
I tell them I found out the other day that over 43,000 people who contracted the virus have recovered! How about that? Yet, all you hear about is how many contracted the disease, and how many died. I had no idea people survived the thing. Be careful of the data we’re being fed. I had not heard it anywhere else except on a news conference Vice President Mike Pence gave. Made me ask, “whatever happened with our news media? Whatever happened with the old media? Why is it the media doesn’t see the good anymore? Shocking. What does that tell you? Tells me a lot. Here I was thinking this strange thing is a death sentence if you catch it. Yet people are actually recovering. Wow!
So I tell those who ask. I don’t just sit there like a zombie and consume the junk outlets conjure up to bombard us with. I look for what am not being fed too. To me the media needs to find its way again. Its lost right now and doesn't seem to want to find its way.
Every day we are presented with choices. Choice between that will get us what we want, and another which will not. Yet many choose paths that wont get them what they are after. Why's that? I don't know. People just do. Let's call it "thinking errors".
Works the same for personal and professional choices, although for professional choices though (good and bad) it affects others as well - clients, employees and other stakeholders. So you must CHOOSE very RIGHTLY. The stakes are too high. CHOOSE PROVEN PATHWAYS, ALWAYS!
We can help you with that.
Come to New Orleans with us this April and learn how at....
Pioneer in Evidence-Based Leadership & Organizational Development Recognized
Pioneer leader in evidence-based leadership and organizational development, Regina Lawrence, President and CEO, STOP Inc, is honored at the African American Trail Blazers Award ceremonies in Norfolk, VA Feb. 2nd.
In April 2014 Ms. Lawrence led STOP Inc. through the rigorous process of becoming an Certified as An Evidence-Based Organization (CEBO), the first of its kind following the launch of the certification program in 2013. (Learn more here) The organization has since garnered other noteworthy credentials.
STOP Inc (Supporting Transformational Opportunities for People) was created in 1965 as the designated Community Action Agency to serve the Southeastern Tidewater Virginia area. Governed by a dedicated board of directors, STOP employs more than 37 highly skilled staff members who implement 15 programs with funding from 11 Federal, State, Local, and Private sources.
Learn more about the organization and support work it does via their website at, www.stopinc.org. Congratulations Regina! You have worked so very hard. You deserve it.
What is a child? There is worldwide variation in how a "child" is defined differently from an "adult." The factors taken into consideration when creating this definition differ even further (Morgan, 2010). The varying cultures, societal norms, histories, economies, and political climates create challenges to establishing a globally accepted juvenile justice system. There is a societal understanding that children differ from adults and should, therefore, receive different and separate treatment (Morgan, 2010). Juvenile justice systems, child welfare systems, and other protective services for youth were created on the basis that children lack the maturity, rights, responsibility, and capacity of adults. The common goal in addressing youthful behavior is for systems to focus on rehabilitating and supporting the child and his or her family. With this in mind, the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) and the age of criminal majority (ACM) set the boundaries of entry into the juvenile justice system.