With the level of uncertainty that is currently present
defining what will serve a business and provide a level of consistency is the
task at hand. The current marketplace conditions for many businesses could be
described as stagnant.
The time is ripe for questioning assumptions, behaviors,
beliefs and processes. Finding a way to engage and re-structure is imperative.
Suggestions to focus the discussion and begin the change process follow.
what is actual in the operation of the business.
measurement tools to the forefront.
within the sphere of influence you have and focus on attainable daily tasks.
your communication is understandably at every level of the organization.
back and clarify as often as is necessary ensuring everyone is on the same wavelength.
Changes occur with action. Keep
the momentum moving. Build on your wins and take the time to celebrate each of
your successes along the way.
For many of the 4
billion people around the globe who are now working from home, or practicing personal
distancing and having contact only with the people they live with or those who
are providing essential services it has been a period of 4 – 6 weeks.
Having had the
breakdown – it is time to embrace having multiple breakthroughs. Some
businesses have done this in retooling manufacturing lines to produce various
products including hand sanitizers, masks, ventilators to name a few items.
The question becomes
what breakthroughs are waiting to come forth in terms of new dynamics in work
and life? Now I am referring
to a breakthrough by the definition of overcoming
something and having an achievement.
One area of breakthroughs will involve
food services. Another will involve bricks and mortar offices and retail areas.
Travel and tourism industries will be revised. Trucking and railway transportation
of goods for import and export will be different. Growth and distribution of
food stuffs will be impacted. Greater emphasis on local will become prevalent.
The list goes on.
What areas has your business model
looked at in terms of causing a breakthrough?
A definition of
endurance – is the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite
fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions. This period of uncertainty is
currently challenging the economic and social frameworks that most people, whatever
their line of work, are familiar with.
At this juncture many
companies are in the process of streamlining their operational activities. That
includes temporary closures of facilities including another round of workers
receiving lay off notices or reduced hours of work. The salaries of workers are
also being cut.
stepped in are providing assistance that is being rolled out as quickly as
possible. As the present situation continues to unfold – endurance is an
absolute necessity. Now is the time to continue to preserve through the adverse
It is the time when staying power is required
to sort through the remnants of what remains as building blocks for what is
emerging and has yet to become apparent. It is the time when individuals and
the general society in which we live must gather our collective strength and
continue despite the fatigue, stress, and ever-present uncertainty.