Over the past three months all of us have had to adjust to a new way of living and working.
We have locked down, we have not gone to restaurants or seen family and friends, or played sport, and the list goes on.
The strange thing about it is that there has almost been a safety shield in our isolation where we vaguely knew what was happening, but we could hide away from it hoping it would eventually go away.
Now things are starting to change again. Not back to where they were, but somewhere that is still unknown to us and may cause more mental grief than the initial lockdown.
Over the next few months, as governments start to ease restrictions and people start to mingle again and face their new reality, what they have really lost will be there for all to see.
As governments lift financial support mechanisms many businesses will finally realise that what they have lost is just too difficult to get back and that it is more than just the need to Pivot that will restore their dreams, as they move into this NEW Normal.
Now I know this sounds depressing, but reality often does and eventually it forces us to come out from behind our barriers and face reality.
So, what is it that will get us through this next stage of physical and mental anguish?
These points might all sound simple and to some people even trite, but read them again and ask yourself, am I dealing with each of these things, or am I running back to mental isolation every time I am forced to acknowledge the situation?
Things are tough right now, but for many they are about to get even tougher and we cannot just hope that things will be OK, we need to take control.
Businesses and workplaces are crying out for GREAT leadership like they have never done so before.
So, my challenge to all of you is to again recognise what has, is and will happen in this time of change and take the lead both personally and professionally.
We are an amazing and resilient country that in many ways is leading the world, but to lead the world we must first start leading right where we are. In our personal lives, in our businesses, in our families and so on. We must begin to see what could be, and face it head on.
The new normal will be full of opportunity and hope, but we must prepare our minds and our situations so that we are a part of it and it does not just pass us by.
Stay safe and stay positive!
Des Penny - Co-CEO
PS. I especially wrote this for myself.
We are thrilled to hear that as of June 1st we can start to conduct Face-to-face programs again in South Australia. The government is now allowing pubs and venues to reopen with 80 people (20 per dedicated area, following COVID-19 rules of social distancing).
So, to start the ball rolling we have reset the Leading People And Culture program in the Riverland for August.
If you are not yet registered, then book now because we only have 8 places left.
Other programs will open up in South Australia again soon.
Yesterday we conducted our first FREE Webinar to showcase the NEW Proteus. Because of the large uptake, we had to close the session off at 90 people. To cater for those who were unable to attend, we have scheduled a second Webinar on 11th June which is already filling quickly.
Register now so that you don’t miss out.
This week we commenced our first Virtual multi-session program, Emerging Leaders. Facilitated by Nathan Browne and Grant Davis, over 20 people registered into this amazing experience that is conducted over 4 x weeks, with one half day session per week.
Our next multi-session program, Leading People And Culture, is scheduled for July (2 programs are available).
Register now because they are nearly booked out already.
This week our staff chef is Javier Marmol (Graphic Designer) from our design department and originally from Spain.
Buen provecho! (Enjoy it!)