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.
My daughter would say: "You don't have to tell me, I know it already."
Knowing it from the headspace is different from executing the learned skill.
There is no shortcut to creation, not mere copying, curation, critiquing, and putting on a show to mimic actual work.
Creation is the best way to release your thoughts, put it on paper, speak about in public, share it to colleagues, and get feedback when ideas are fresh and not stalled by indecision and self-doubts.
Creation stimulates new thinking. Like a muscle that is conditioned and toned, the skill will become stronger and robust over time. Like any great artist, it starts from a hundred iterations, until a better form surfaces.
Last week, I saw a great quote from an office - do not stop until you are proud of it!
A few years ago, I have written about the concept of blue ocean.
To fortify this idea, I have encountered recently that it is wise to move upstream when there are bigger sea creatures and not get clipped by a speeding boat and hit by ski boards when you are closer to shore. The former gives you the wide room to maneuver and avoid the predators while the latter constricts your basic movements.
Organizations concoct arbitrary rules, policies, and standards without due consideration to the actual costs and value that these inputs could do to obstruct relations with their customers, suppliers, and partners.
More rules created becomes barriers for taxpayers, businesses, and stakeholders to access services, programs and opportunities for partnerships.
Designed to safeguard an objective process, smaller organizations become their own enemies when they make these arbitrary rules to their detriment. There is a word for that 'bureaucracy.'
Bureaucratic organizations tend to treat themselves as insulated from growth and results orientation, with the pr0pensity to perpetuate themselves regardless of their impacts and relevance to society.
From non-profits, associations, community clubs, government organizations, and other types of community initiatives, and social enterprises, the first question to ask: how can we get rid of the problem so that we can get out of the way?
The recent train blockade by protesters is incredibly concerning. Hundreds will be potentially laid off as a result of this impasse.
You can extend an invitation to an open and sincere dialogue but the other party has to be able to lay down their swords and come to the table to talk. We call it acting in 'good faith' when parties trust each other to commit to agreeing with the rules of engagement and begin to acknowledge that resorting to violence is the far least alternative to achieving their desired outcomes.
It will just prolong the conflict and leave it in a protracted level where no parties gain substantially from the zero-sum game. This is what's happening with the pipeline issue. It has dragged on for years, resulting in billions of dollars of missed opportunities for the economy and the country.
Despite the well-meaning politicians and leaders trying to mediate this conflict, there seems to be no resolution in sight yet. The recent court ruling only demonstrates the wide disparity between what is observed and what is being said in the media.
Words are cheap.