There is not a single hand sanitizer in the stores.
Believe it or not, people have been panic buying more than they should.
We can stop the fear mongering right now by using logic to dispel the most insidious rumors and fears spreading.
It starts with understanding that people will survive and have been surviving from COVID-19.
Taking the necessary precautions for an ordinary flu is fine but beyond the stock piling of food, panic buying on sanitizers and alcohol, and tissue papers, and hoarding several medicines are totally useless.
The 14-day quarantine is good for those that have actually known that they can be infected seriously knowing that either, they had been on a cruise ship where an infected persons lived with them; second, they have been to flights where the destinations have been known to have the most infections, and third, community transmissions wherein in that case, staying at home when you feel like having a weak immune system is a must.
I flew today on a one-hour flight from Alberta to BC. People are living their lives mindful that the risks are not intense enough to stay at home, lock the doors, and don't go to work and school. The airport is quiet and the line-up to customs is almost nil.
For those that schools and workplaces were shut down, there is a big reason for that.
Aside from that, live your life with the same intentionality as you would in a normal flu season. We should monitor the risks around us but not get paralyzed by fear and fear-based myths surrounding COVID-19.
I hit a ditch, hitchhiked with a total but kind stranger, get to where I should go, and work until it was time to go home.
It was a every eventful day but nonetheless, another one of those days that could stop you on your tracks with all the stuff that needed to be taken cared of.
The choice to let an event or a series of events shake you is a choice we can make. Some days it could be worst. Some days, it could be too light that you can't believe you are breezing through it.
Whatever the day would look like, know that it could happen and when presented with an incident, do what you can possibly do, get back on the track, dust yourself off, and appreciate all the great things that you have. Believe that people have your back and they have yours.
It is not a mantra or a façade that we can easily put on when we know we can feel better despite the terrible things happening. We have the choice to not allow more dwelling on the problem but rather focusing on solutions and building-back better.
Sitting in front of a crumbled spaghetti-marshmallow tower was a fun play. We had an exercise as a group and we just tried whatever we can to do without circumventing the rules, which were not at lot of anyway.
One of the participants remarked that time constraints allowed them to be more creative and less methodical in their ways, that failure is just part of trying.
Organizations that have a built urgency mechanism do not just sit back and let other entities control how they play in the marketplace. They have their own product timelines, marketing timelines, customer response timelines, regular reviews, so on and so forth. But these can also become part of tradition and become more of a fixture rather than a springboard for inspiration, creativity, and mental renewal.
How do you inject the sort of fun play, creative spark, and enjoyment into timelines and deliverables?
There must be rewards that are not pegged in terms of outputs and outcomes but are meant to encourage and allow creativity as a category. Second, there are less rules and mechanics to play so that everyone in the organization can participate regardless of their positions and levels of influence. Third, celebrate accidental discoveries of better 'ways of doing it' across the board. People in the organizations that are continuously improving and acting like they are part owners are generally more motivated and high performing.
If you do not have the right team, there is no way there will be fun in normal times, more so in urgency.