Bouncing back is what we do

Navigating through life is about taking stock of lessons learned along the way. When faced with a substantial altering event whether be at work or at home, we thrust ourselves into facing the adversity that strikes us. Looking back over the last year, in particular 2020 that forced most of the world into defying the odds, all the procrastination in the workforce leading up to 2020, took shape in less than 12 months. Although there was undeniable upheavals, let’s focus on the untapped potential that lies within our ability to optimize the tools and resources to reach the destiny we design for ourselves.

Achieve

New businesses launched. Bloomberg reported in this article, new businesses were formed in 2020 more than ever before.

Ideas

We leaned heavily on technology to connect and ideate. A few years earlier McKinsey & Company forecasted the skill development needs of the future. This article Automation and the future of the workforce highlights areas that will take a profound shift in the years to come but we leveraged them exponentially to bring brainstorming sessions to life across borders using platforms that were created to improve our lives and ease up on travel.

Support

Vulnerability is realized–it’s okay not to be okay. It would be hard to imagine that there is not one person who was not personally transformed in some way because of the forces of nature in various forms that impacted the world. As life unfolds, people are reprioritizing and redefining their path forward. HBR sheds light on the fact that we are all human, regardless of position in society, and being brave enough to share emotions is transformational to draw in support to help each other cope.

Together

It doesn’t matter where you work in corporate America because the environment does not define the strategy nor bring it to life–people do. There’s been developments over the years in technology to weave in a dynamic agile workforce, but the launch of Microsoft’s together mode, is absolutely brilliant. If we set aside individual opinions, understand the agile workforce, the ability to adapt will be less frictionless than we think.

“Given the velocity of change in organizations, we look to our people to quickly embrace and make the changes a reality. For us to be agile, we need to focus on unlearning the old and learning the new,” said Emily Lundi-Mallett, executive director of talent and organization development at Ingram Micro, a 30,000-employee tech company headquartered in Irvine, Calif. “This means that we need to focus on our employees’ mindsets, which will determine the pace at which the change takes place.” 

Source: SHRM Article Viewpoint: How to Develop an Agile Workforce

Overcoming resistance is no easy feet and most often change plans are derailed because fear of the unknown holds a lot of people back from shifting gears. This is where transparent communication is pivotal in reshaping and course correcting the future. Regardless of our role at home or in the workplace, we can all be leaders to promote humanity and gratitude that infuses our ability to draw upon our strengths to build an inclusive society for all to have the opportunity to bounce back better than ever because that’s what we do!

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