Challenge yourself and others...


As I get older, I find myself still looking for opportunities to stay active and engaged, especially as this pandemic drags on. After nearly a year of this, it is increasingly difficult to see what work and life will be like afterwards. Will people feel comfortable enough to go out? Will business travelers feel confident enough to travel as they did before? Will companies adjust to more long-term work from home strategies? And will consumers continue to shop online rather than in physical stores? As the vaccines roll out to people, it’s time for business and civic leaders to openly plan and talk about what’s next and begin to address people’s uncertainty: talking about the future will help people focus on that rather the past. I read a survey that said employees feel there’s less empathy from their bosses now than what they’ve experienced in the past several months. Now is the time to redouble those efforts to get people focused on how they can begin to prepare for what’s next.  It’s going to take more than vaccines to make people comfortable again: that’s where effective leadership is needed. Talk to your employees about the mountains they can again spend their lives climbing, and what that means to your company and their careers. Help them believe in tomorrow today.

 

Cicely Tyson (1924 – 2021): American actress and fashion model known for her portrayal of strong African American women