09.18.2020Executive Leadership Team Update

Guten Nachmittag, ich vertraue darauf, dass es Ihnen gut geht!

by Gene Bambach, Director, Business Partner Relations

I just love the German language and hope you do as well, catches the attention for sure. I said Good afternoon and I trust you are well! Recently, while checking on my family in the Portland area, I had a great conversation with my brother, a conversation we both needed for support. We laughed and reminisced over our collective confusion as children resulting from grandparents that spoke German as their native dialect; but were also well versed in Russian, Hungarian, Romanian and English. If you got them mad, they used a combination of all languages – and this is where our confusion came in! As a child, you may not know the language, or languages in this case, but you do know the tone, the look, and what it means!

Certainly, as there has been no shortage of challenges all around us, the general feeling can quickly become overwhelming and confusing given the conditions currently shaping the United States and the World. During times like these, we see groups of people emerge, stepping up to the front lines. These are the heroes taking on the fight to eliminate COVID, or the raging wildfires on the West Coast, or continue to ensure the nation's supply chain continues to move forward (thank you, truckers). Where would we be without these heroes?  Moreover, how do they find the strength and resilience to continue?

Honestly, I do not know. However, as many have done, I would like to extend my thanks for their unselfish commitment to humanity. I do think that like any one of us, they could just fall to their knees questioning can they take one more step? This I do know - yes, they can. Through a combination of a strong foundation and self-help techniques, we can all find the next step, even if it has not revealed itself to us yet. Along the way, I have discovered a few steps to ensure one is practicing self-help and reinforcing a strong foundation:

  •  Take care of your body
  • Connect with others
  • Take breaks
  • Stay informed
  • Avoid too much exposure to news
  • Seek help when needed

A more detailed guideline is available from the CDC Website: https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/selfcare.asp

Whether it's a phone call to reminisce about linguistically confused grandparents or a socially distanced cup of coffee with a close friend, we must always remember we are not in this alone, and we should never hesitate to ask for support when support is needed.  The diagram to the left is a helpful visualization of the network available to you -  take advantage and ensure you are utilizing your network for support.  What I like most is that You are the center and focal point and your boss, co-workers, family and your friends surround you with support!

Be well, take time for yourself and call on me if I can be of support to you.