There should be no shame in being successful in this post-pandemic time.
A lot of people and businesses are suffering, that is a fact.
Au contraire, there are also a lot of organizations and leaders who are thriving as we speak.
They may not be dancing in the streets but they cannot be silenced as well.
Today, I was talking to a representative of the fast growing company in their industry. We were talking about COVID-19 impacts on the business and how fast things are completed and she said that they are actually doing well.
You cannot doubt success and should never be ashamed to say that you are thriving.
This means that you have done something that have kept you afloat or even so, completely inured from the ravages of the crisis.
This means that you have certain best practice that you can share and help others learn from.
This means that you can serve as an inspiration to those who are struggling and unable to find the light at the end of the tunnel.
This means that there are specific processes and long-term thinking that enable your organization to be where it is today.
So, don't be ashamed or bashful to say, "we are doing well." It is not an anomaly or a departure from the norm which is failure. If failure is the norm, we are in big trouble.
We need successful organizations to lead the way for others, shine a light, and exemplify the best and excellent in complex situations.
Where are you succeeding right now? And yes, let the world know!
Passion, apparently, is not something that we 'love' to do.
It comes from the Latin word 'passio' which means 'to suffer' as in the Passion of Christ (His suffering on the cross).
Passion is about something that we cannot ignore and it pains us if we are not doing or being that person that we want. That pain and suffering that comes out of it is what we should call our passion. In current parlance, it becomes synonymous to either love or rage, all in strong amounts, which dilutes the essence of the concept.
As leaders we are driven to achieve and measure thing that matter. In our drive to win and excel, we, sometimes, lose the central fact of life.
Our passion is not doing what is comfortable, convenient, and extremely easy.
Our passion is to continue provoking understanding, soliciting insights, and encouraging debates that will increase our effectiveness and awareness about the ambiguities that we face.
Instead of comforting ourselves in our 'nice, cozy positions and status, we should look out for radical ways to extend our humanity and impact.
It is not with coziness that we learn lots, it is the crucible of trials, tribulations, and challenges that we become better at our work and in ourselves. Discomforted situations reveal great things about individuals, institutions, and societies.
On the other hand, a lot of our discomfort stem from our resistance to evolve hoping that some things will reveal themselves in better light or go away in due time. Most things do not get fixed on their own.
What do you think about at night when you are about to sleep? Are you comforted by what you achieved or discomforted by what you are trying to resist doing or becoming?
There are many upsides of the crisis and while we are enjoying some of the restrictions taken off in Stage 2 and 3, we need to appreciate the lasting impacts of the benefits of these restrictions in our lives and organizations.
1. Less meetings we don't need. Virtual filters all the non-essential, repetitious, and dull meetings with no agenda or objectives in mind.
2. Less travels we don't need. Non-essential travel ban forces us to look at our travel plans and adjust to whatever can create enjoyment without crossing the border and spending monies on hotels, flights, in-ground transportations, and other splurges.
3. Less time to be inundated with people wanting to talk to you to get something. The pandemic forces us to be more respectful of people's time and mindful of how we come across to them, being positive and always offering value.
4. Less time to tinker and float around. No, this is not the time to ease on the gas pedal. We can be mediocre and comfortable with routines but this time, it calls for greater vigilance and response-ability to changing dynamics every couple of weeks.
5. Less time to feel down and out. The less time for work can give us the focus we need to spend more time with families and hobbies that can rejuvenate us.
What other upsides do you experience in the recovery stage?
How can we build a lasting legacy of positive effects we can internalize now and moving forward?
There is no better way than to rethink your organization, business, and life in this time.
We are not shocked that there are new cases of COVID19 in many places.
Wearing masks, social distancing, and keeping clean are a way of life.
Suddenly, we are immune to all the onslaught of changes that require enormous amount of adaptation.
Yet, we refuse to see things clearly, isolate the positives of the situation and process them in a way that creates momentum for us.
The last time I checked, stronger companies are having their best seasons. People continue to invest in growth, both in business and in their lives. There is no limit to how people can adapt magnanimously to limits imposed by health and safety authorities.
We should remain committed to being inured to epidemic but not immune to goodness and positives that abound everyday.
Cheers to another great week!
Don't be a super-hero in your organization.
The office is not burning.
They can live without you, even prosper.
Do you actually add value with your presence?
Your co-workers are adults. They make their own decisions.
Paper pushing is not considered work.
Don't make a to-do list. Make an outcomes list.
Stop editing yourself all the time.
Don't feign attention. Attention is for crucial matters.
Don't choose your successor.
Brainstorming is a waste of time. Get someone to do the basic thinking process.
Who has the time to make notes for everyone?
Less is more.
Bring value every time.
A few definition of terms, from the Nelson Gage Canadian Dictionary:
Norm- standard of certain type
Normal- usual, regular
Normality/normalcy/normalization-a normal condition
Normative-to do with or constituting/conforming to a norm or standard
There is nothing normal under the sun. Not in this age, not in this time.
We are in a state of flux, anything is up for grabs. There are winners and losers.
The economy and society are evolving at a rapid pace. The pandemic accelerated the turn of events even more.
Distant and remote has become synonymous to many things previously not accepted and not tolerated.
Sadly, we are not going back to the normal we had prior to this experience.
The world nowadays no longer conform to the old norm but a changing norm that we have yet to see form concretely in the next few years.
There is a pattern that is emerging from the ambiguity; not the uncertainty that is a function of indecision and paper pushing.
What is the new norm you are creating in your own organization that will assist you and also help you thrive in this volatility?