These are not normal circumstances. This is a one-off. A defining point in time. This is the moment of transition between the pre-Covid world and the post-Covid world. This is the time for impossible dreams.
Across the sector we’ve witnessed new level of agility, responsiveness, decisive confidence, pace and problem solving. The worst thing any of us could do is to put that down to “crisis response”.
In every organisation, in some way, shape or form, most people are attached to what the organisation currently does, and they will all have sensible and measured reasons for diluting any ambitions for change.
If we want our organisations to rapidly recover from the battering of 2020, we need to fundamentally rethink our attitudes to investment, ambition, and talent.
A lot of the organisations I’ve been talking with have adopted a bunker mentality trying to get through these dark days. But it doesn’t need to feel like you’re under siege. There is a far better, more positive choice.
This year has been incredibly difficult for people who are used to working in an office environment. In my recent conversations, wellbeing and burnout have become resident features. So, here are my top seven things that can make a positive difference…
Many of us are facing huge choices about the immediate futures of our organisations. Scary choices, with big, long-term implications. There’s more than the typical burden of responsibility in these decisions. There’s the profound weight of legacy.
This detour back towards lockdown will be tough for business and especially for charities, but it will be even tougher for some of the people around us and those we serve.
As a sector, we obsess over public trust, or the lack of it, and for good reason. But the irony is, our standard approach for increasing others’ trust in us, is to reduce our trust in our own people.
It’s also increasingly apparent, as I said it would back in April, that the ability to rapidly and continuously innovate is becoming a key differentiator between those who doing well this year, and those who are still struggling to stay solvent.