We are in a world where the term exponential has become a much-understood word. But several examples that we do not talk about are the exponential innovations that have been occurring across the world that brings hope, social support and solutions to a health service that has also gone through an exponential change. The NHS, our NHS, has equipped up admirably and has gained support from the most unlikely places. F1 giants such as McLaren, leaders Dyson and enablers such as Microsoft, Accenture and Dell being part of the Ventilator Challenge UK (See link for more companies involved)
The landscape has changed for all of us. It is an obvious statement that life will not be the same again and some people are coping with this, while others not so. We have furloughed workers that are going to be working alongside non-furloughed. We have those affected by loss and perhaps still grieving working alongside the non-affected. We have people with long term serious health challenges that have been delayed treatment that now need this urgently, and we have those that have decided to avoid the hospitals that can ‘fix’ them for fear.
We have seen the impact of global manufacturing and transport shut down, having a positive effect on our planet. The air feels cleaner and has an Alps type feel as we breathe the freshness in the early morning.
All these changes have been forced on us, and we will react to them. A response that could challenge us right at the heart of our mental health, business, and family lives.
I am reminded about the harrowing experience that Victor Frankl wrote about in Man’s Search for Meaning and draw inspiration.
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Frankl was in Auschwitz in World War 2 and survived.
We will also survive this pandemic.
As a business owner, a family person, and a member of the community, I will come out scarred. The legacy that was, is in tatters and needs redefining. My route to the future is now somewhat hazy. However, how I deal with that scarring is a matter of my mindset. When working with my clients, we often explore what is now possible that was not before? How can this now enable us in the future?
- Who would have thought that GP surgeries would be able to mobilise a new way of working with video between doctors and patients?
- Who would have thought that well-known exhibition venues would be converted into field hospitals in record-breaking time?
- Who would have thought that the UK has in effect, shut up shop for over a month (at the time of writing)?
Anything is possible – and we should think hard before reverting to the status quo. Simon Sinek talks about the Why behind doing something – The why we have made the rapid change was to save lives, to save the backbone of the society that we live in and safeguard those that we love.
Surely we should be asking this question again as we start talking about easing of lockdown. We do need to kickstart the economy, but we can kickstart it on a different bike. We can kickstart it by not merely reverting to the status quo, but by asking the questions
- Why should we simply return back?
- What have we learnt from this learning experience that can improve the way that we work?
- What if we can now move ahead with business, personal and environmental agendas firmly established in our hearts and minds?
What we have seen is that anything is possible. The human mind has triumphed in innovation and has inspired. We need to celebrate our heroes, and we should expand on our horizons. Never has our generations had an opportunity to make more positive impactful change in our place as now.
We can build our new future starting now – we have a society, we have a community that we owe.