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?
My three-year old gave me another line of insight. We were doing an exercise for preschoolers where we had to connect the dots to identify the character.
I guess this is a bit of no-brainer, but I met a lot of executives and business leaders who were so enamored by an approach, methodology, or tactic that they couldn't see past it to get to the big picture. Thousands of dollars were wasted on useless trainings or apps that only palliatively addressed an issue in the organization, mostly cosmetic or good-to-have in the course of a highly-political or contested situation in the organization.
Is it because of looking good to the outsiders or it's about allaying the fears and skepticism of the higher-ups that middle-level managers go to the 12 steps or programs and get enough funds dispersed. After the initial euphoria and looking back, they realized that they don't have to do all the administrative, bureaucratic, and consultative arrangements to get to the root cause or suggest a solution.
People, connect the dots quickly, not on the paper but by making intelligent guesses with evidence that you can see on the ground and act in that manner.
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.
Counterintuitively, those that are the best and brightest needed more help than you think.
They don't mince words and have the courage to pursue their goals despite and in spite of obstacles.
They don't settle for the mediocre-they push the boundaries of the limits that they find themselves in.
We can't afford to chase those that are not ready, not willing, and not able to be helped in general. This applies to organizations whose bottom workers cannot and will not be saved with the amount of investments in motivation, retraining, and financial rewards.
There are tons of people out there who are already doing amazing work.
The people who are depressed, suffering, and immobile have the tendency to wait for enormous amount of time, second-guess their moves, and incoherent about their processes.
Help those who are already leading and learning all the time.
I heard in many quarters that coaches should be certified for them to get business.
Coaching is not quantum physics.
It is about trust and building that trust element so that your interventions could work.
It is about your process that you are safeguarding that ensures that objectives are reach, agreed, and monitored for accountability.
It is empowering the client to make decisions that will increase their effectiveness in life and in their organizations.
Coaching is about behavior change, not a technical training or exercise.
There is no need for hifalutin methods and approaches, nor initials to your name to say you are good.
If you have helped people by providing practice advice they have used, then you are a coach.
Institutions and certification bodies want your money. The clients do not care whether you were trained by a global expert firm or a Harvard School.
They only care about this fact-"Can you help them out of their situation?"
What can I say? These past few weeks have been hectic. More than that, there are many opportunities that are presenting itself without much effort.
The lockdown and the social distancing have caused a resurgence of the desire to connect at a deeper level, whether it is business or personal, which was never seen before.
Speed is everything. Things are moving fast from all directions. People want instant, immediate, almost real-time action and attitude towards approaching challenges and turning them into solutions.
There is a plethora of resources and information but what we are seeing is that, business leaders are turning to people they trust and they can work with to get over the humps to get better at adapting to the current climate.
Despite the sad prognosis about the economy, Zoom, Fedex, Amazon, Google, Twitter, and other tech companies are laughing their way to the banks.
Are you positioning yourself to capture the opportunities this new wave is presenting? It's positioning.
What are you doing to ensure that you are top-of-mind and leading the market? It's your actions.
What innovations are you doing right now to help ride the crest and come out stronger when things get better? It's your strength.
Who do you think you are that makes you the best person to reap success? It's all about mindset.