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?
We live in challenging times.
It can be more challenging now that there is a complex reopening process that any blueprint is academic.
The guidelines in re-open are cautious, preventative, and risk-averse. What it doesn't prohibit is up for many interpretations. Moreover, you are juggling countless things to get the business going again.
What you need right now is practical advice that quickly assesses your situation, gives you a couple of options to choose from so that you can rebound with more precision.
What you require are pragmatic, creative, and resourceful advice and guidelines.
Who do you turn to for that valuable resource?
Isolation is optional and so does suffering.
Recently, the Alberta Government has released its Reopen Strategy to the public. One thing that did not surprise me is that, reopening is coming sooner that we thought.
Despite the fear and the trepidation felt by some quarters, businesses and institutions will have to reopen due to economic pressures brought by the lockdown. Easing slowly creates the activities we need to get our economy back on its feet or legs again.
Businesses identified to resume operations as early as May 4th will have to be, not just ready for slow but steady resumption of work, but also anticipate that this is a soft relaunch.
The following soft reopen can lead to further intelligence in terms of:
- modification of activities designed for new, emerging, and different demand from customers and clients
-sudden surge or slow demand or uptake for current services and programs
-continued communications to stakeholders about where you are in your transition
-preparation for eventual redeployment of staff-in-waiting or further laying off of unwanted labor
-new configuration of work, a blended approach to having both remote/online order/curb side and steady dine-in/personal in-person contact
- retooling of the business model to account for the new business order
-revisiting of the business strategy in view of these new realities
What are you thinking about right now that will help you get on with business-unusual faster than your competition? Doing a wait-and-see is a cop-out.
Let me help you now.
The spring has sprung.
There is no spring, we can now in summer weather!
The snow is melting and a two-digit positive climate is here.
It is time to celebrate.
Grab your bike and go around the yard or neighborhood.
Keep your distance but you can enjoy and have fun.
Smell the air.
Rejoice in the rain. It brings May flowers.
Grab some sun.
The sun is good to liven up your spirit.
It is good to celebrate spring.
Celebrate the new season.
If you think that waiting is a good strategy moving forward, it's not.
There are tremendous missed opportunities by simply staying on status quo in this time when there is high volatility and less certainty.
There are opportunities that can be mined and exploited to the fullest.
-Opportunities to strengthen your customer relations; remote transactions and relationship
-Opportunities to make a difference , i.e. Subway's food bank, Google's help in combating disinformation
-Opportunities to lead in the market, United Way's approach to community funding
-Opportunities to learn about the new dynamics of the market and look out for new behaviors and trends on emerging issues; Chamber of Commerce Survey
-Opportunities to encourage and promote productivity and health; i.e. organizations promoting mental health and positivity;
-Opportunities to ramp up your online marketing and branding;
-Opportunities to think about things that you needed to do, when this pandemic is over, i.e. long-term, non-linear visioning
There are many positive opportunities that you are not simply thinking about being mired in a day-t0-day survival and coping mode.
It's time to start to be opportunity-focused with the new normal.
It's here. It's now. It's changing every day.
The earlier you embrace the new situation the better for your organization in the long run.
Whatever you can do right now with the resources and options that you have, do it rather than sit and wait until this is over.
We don't know when will this be over.
What we know is that we can control our responses and actions.
We can focus on what is at hand.
We can be patient about how much we can do.
We can rejoice with the blessings that we have.
We are grateful for the love and support we enjoy.
We need to be proactive and optimistic with the situation.
We cannot stop our lives from evolving.
We need to connect and reach out.
If you really think about it, there is no escape room.