Navigating Through Disruption
Like many people, I welcome the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines and the hope of an eventual turn to normalcy, including visits with family, dining in restaurants, attending cultural events, and travelling. At the same time, COVID-19 has disrupted the way we work, shop, educate our children, deliver healthcare and resolve our disputes, and we don't know yet what the new normal will look like, especially in these sectors.
For many, this disruption has resulted in personal unemployment or business difficulties or failures. But disruption also brings opportunities, although navigating through disruption to find them can be challenging. To enjoy future success, we need to recognize and embrace these changes.
In my own career, I have pivoted several times, sometimes by choice, and sometimes by necessity. For those in this situation, I offer several suggestions:
- Identify new or emerging needs and demands prompted by changing circumstances;
- Consider how your prior training and experience can be redeployed in new settings;
- Also consider whether you need new training or skills to make those transitions;
- Sow a few seeds, you never know what will sprout;
- Don't sow too many, or you won't be able to cultivate them properly; and
- Seek out the guidance and support of people who can assist you.
As someone who has experienced such disruption in the past, and benefitted from the kindness and generosity of friends and strangers, please let me know if I can be helpful to you in navigating through disruption.