Leading With Heart: How Leaders Can Support Grieving Employees With Dr. William Ramey

WRT 22 | Grieving Employees

  True leadership is not measured solely by accomplishments, but by the compassion and support we extend to our grieving employees during their darkest hours. In this powerful episode, we are joined by the dynamic and experienced Dr. William Ramey. Grief is a universal experience that knows no boundaries, infiltrating every aspect of our lives. Recognizing its profound impact in the workplace, Dr. Will discusses how leaders can effectively support grieving employees. He explains how as people navigate the challenges of grief, it becomes evident that it is not a solitary journey. Dr. Will shares how supervisors and leaders can gain a newfound understanding of sensitively navigating this difficult terrain alongside their team members. Tune in now and learn how to lead with your heart in supporting grieving employees.   Thank you for viewing this post. I am not a licensed therapist or professional life coach. I am sharing my experience of loving the same man for 32 years, a mother to two adult children, a retired military officer, a breast cancer survivor, and my connections with others.  Anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts should reach out to a suicide hotline or local emergency number in their country https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/suicide/suicide-prevention-hotlines-resources-worldwide — Watch the episode here   Listen to the podcast here   Leading With Heart: How Leaders Can Support Grieving Employees With Dr. William Ramey Our guest is Mr. Will Ramey. He is an award-winning leadership expert and decorated combat veteran who delivers high-energy, engaging presentations and workshops. In 2001, Will began his career leading a wide spectrum of teams including military police, maintenance, warehousing and distribution, space control, operations, manufacturing, production, and city management. Will is the Founder of Shared Leadership LLC, a full-spectrum leadership and team development firm focused on strengthening a team’s effectiveness using experimental learning and coaching. Will is co-authoring a book through Stanford University Press on shared leadership to shift the organization’s perspective on leadership from the industrial age into the digital age of work. He is a certified coach and certified Lego Serious Play Workshop Facilitator. Will received his Undergraduate degree from Youngstown State University, a Master’s degree from Webster University, and a Doctorate from Drexel University. He is a leadership award to include the US Army Bronze Star in the US Army Accommodation Medal along with others. Will is a personal colleague of mine, and I’m looking forward to this discussion. Let’s get into it now.     My guest is Mr. Will Ramey. How are you? How have you been? It’s been a few years. It has been since my last day at The Depot that we probably talked in person in 2017. We’ve texted a couple of times and we’ve had some conversation, but as far as seeing your face and talking to you, it was that last brief that I presented on the program that I was transferring. At that time, it was the highest public-private partnership that we had at The Depot and I was changing that over. Literally, I was told I could not leave The Depot until that brief. I remember that conversation and those circumstances. That’s not a place that I thought when I was leaving The Depot that day that I would ever honestly be able to say that I am happy and not just existing. At that point when you saw me, I literally was existing. It was a year after Mark passed. I knew digging myself out of the snow to go to work is not something I was a fan of, so I needed to move coming here to Virginia, being here with my sister, and now my mom and my son are here, and friends that I’ve had for such a long time, being able to rally around me. Support has been wonderful. The move for you getting down there and support made sense. I’m a fan of the show. I’ve been watching a few episodes and catching up. Hearing your story has jogged my memory about, “I remember when this happened.” I’m trying to place my timeline because we had worked together for a short period of time and then we had been cross paths during our time at The Depot together. I remember the time period that you talked about in your opening episode. It was daunting as I’m having conversations with people and reliving. I was like, “It was that bad.” It probably made it even more publicized where I was working because I had been one of the interns and you get a lot of visibility of that. The other thing is we went without a chaplain at The Depot. I was standing in doing some chaplain-ish type of things as my schedule permitted to be able to support. There were a lot of people that I connected with that if I was a regular little LMS doing my job and then being in the business office, it gave me more connections with people. Because of that, of the level of people that were genuinely concerned and supportive, I feel like leveraged me to be able to use that same love on this show to be able to help many people that I’ve spoken to that don’t have a support group that has been experiencing grief during the pandemic in a very closed off scenario and not having anybody else to connect with. It’s made the process even harder than the idea of losing someone. It is the outpour that you have there for you. On the one hand, it’s great to have that level of support on the other as you’re going through that process, answering the same set of questions and bringing things up and the emotional spectrum that you’re going through. There are probably some days, times, or moments that, “I don’t want to answer your question. I appreciate your support, but I don’t want to talk now.” That is why I wanted you to be part of this conversation. We’re going to talk about who …

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