The restrictions, disruptions and challenges we’ve faced as a result of COVID-19 have forced us all to embrace new technologies, to experiment with new ways of working and to re-conceptualise what work/life balance and leadership actually looks like.
However, the issues we’re facing in 2020 have also conferred some surprising benefits. Digital laggards have been dragged into the 21st Century and organisations (well, all of us if we’re being truthful) have been pushed to find new ways of communicating, collaborating and connecting. We’re all being challenged to explore new market, product and service opportunities and to fundamentally reevaluate what is actually valuable and necessary.
Of course, some of what we used to do will return in time, but we would do well to remember that this is a once-in-a-century opportunity to decide what kind of future we want to build and to “Reinvent Normal.”
This requires us to look at all the three spheres of change and then to decide what change we will lead:
1. What is Changing - What are the trends, behaviours and opportunities we should pay attention to?
2. What needs Changing - What’s broken or needs creating for the future we’re seeking?
3. What is UnChanging - Which behaviours, beliefs and skills will be worth keeping as we emerge from 2020?
4. Change Leadership - What future will we stand for? What will we stand against? How will we stand up? It’s time to reimagine our WHAT, WHO, WHY, HOW and NOW!