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?
The recent street protests bring back the requirement to be critical and sober.
Racism is unacceptable and this is not something we should tolerate. We should not tolerate police brutality or use of excessive force especially in law enforcement agencies and institutions who use state force to bring order and stability in societies. We should be vigilant as civil society so that our communities are inclusive and can continue to be prosperous.
It seems to be that they force companies now to be political and take sides of the issue. If the companies refuse to do that they start to become nasty and demand boycott or ostracize them in social media. Companies should not even be placed to such position in the first place. Like any corporate citizen, they have the right not to participate in the public square since it's not in their mission to go to that extent. If they do, it's their call. It's never because it is vogue and cool to belong, or suicidal, if otherwise.
Blind conformity does not help anybody.
What happens here is the lack of constructive dialogue mechanisms so that parties can really talk about issues and put forth concrete measures so that we can see a long-term transformation in our communities.
Wrecking building and burning cars do not constitute an acceptable approach to resolving conflicts. Defunding the police is defunding society. Are we going to punish the whole society because we can't be good to each other?
There are many angles and issues to this story. It is never just about racism. It is just the tip of the iceberg. There are economic, political, social, cultural, and personal issues that are being played out in the streets. Some are driven by an agenda that do not have any concern for collective well-being.
In short, enough of the drama.
Let's get down to work on these issues and reform our institutions.
We can't fault our wise men and women for not being able to predict the COVID-19 black swan, (although I heard that it was predicted sort-of in a horror novel sometime in the 90s!) Black swans are not subject to predictions or forecasting.
The word 'unprecedented' comes from the root word precedent, which means, "a case that will serve as an example of a later case." This falls under an unprecedented category of events.
In this new dispensation, some are going to be successful and some will not survive, evidently because adaptation is not an inborn trait. Organizations must willing to bear the burden and opportunity to adapt immediately, consistently, and in painstaking way, strategically.
They consistently believe that they have nothing to lose but more to gain from the evolution.
They see the big picture but very pragmatic and practical in their approach to their work, occupation, business.
They know that change is constant, and that instead of fear and trepidation, they should be quick to improvise and test what works.
They consider the fact that timelines are set artificially, for example: "when vaccine is available", setting their own timelines and strategies ahead of the crowd.
They do not sit tight and wait for dole outs or supports. They support others and do not have the scarcity mentality despite the situation.
Some are very fortunate because they are reaping the benefits of a fearful public through goods, services, and cultural supports they can provide right now. Kudos to them! But for us that are not severely impacted, we can make a huge difference with what we have and can leverage.
One thing I like about this new change is that opportunities are new every morning.
Our actions make those containment possible. Our current actions make those future decisions possible.