Opportunities from adversity…

What have we learnt from lockdown? Listen here.

During our “day to day business as usual”, we often need to find new and improved ways of doing things. We debate over what may or may not work. We have working parties and this can take time.

Along comes a pandemic and we find ourselves in a situation where we have to react…And fast. Challenges suddenly appeared that had to be tackled with limited time to plan.

Within wider government circles, the homeless were housed in days…Emergency hospitals built…Progress built on a vaccine that many said could take years.

Out of adversity, it shows what can be achieved. On a more personal level, we have realized that we can work from home. Perhaps this is something that has always been possible but dare I say, a lack of trust by some, meant this was an often overlooked or neglected area. City workers previously going to the office to reply to and send emails. Meetings online…Welcome to Teams, Zoom etc.!

Within our own business at Solution Focused, we recognised that we had to change and over a weekend we built our own studio…You can read more here. This is a fantastic new opportunity for both us and our clients. One that we will continue to use as an alternative as needed, when more standard forms of training delivery return.

Careful planning and preparation are of course important, and yet sometimes we fail to be brave and react to opportunities…To be spontaneous and to use our gut feel! We use psychometric profiling when we interview, but we have a feeling, something that tells us about the person and their virtues and often the correct one!

Returning to the title…” Opportunities from adversity”. What have you learnt? What are you doing differently? What will remain, and what will you revert to? With regards to the latter…Why?

Always remember, we can achieve far more than we perhaps realise. It merely takes a crisis to recognize that!

“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger: the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger–but recognize the opportunity.” John F. Kennedy