Staring Down 2021

Are you still connected, and connecting? Image (c) 2012 Amberwood Media

With a pandemic raging, co-mingled with economic and political fallout, we can feel consumed by many things. Shifting focus to “better organizations” or “agility” or “work connections” can feel out of place.

Many of our biggest ideas are on hold.

As we look for safe harbor – ways to navigate the chaos – connecting with others may be the best path to maintain our sanity, if not to survive.

Most of us are grappling with anxiety, so it’s probably not the best time for slick formulas, infographics or top-10 lists. Most of us, instead, are looking for reassurance. For me, it’s a time to double-down on what’s most important: relationships. It’s about strengthening ties with the people in our circle: family, friends, and co-workers. We need the extra support, and so do they. And we can expand our chances for sharing ideas/concerns, solving problems in creative, if not tactical ways. And we establish a healthier starting-point that we’ll all need when we emerge into a post-pandemic workplace.

Ultimately, it’s a practical approach. First ask: “How are you doing?” and after listening closely, and weighing some possibilities, ask: “How can I help?”

No silver bullets. But an opportunity to get to a better place, together.

More to come in 2021, as our many conversations start to come back into focus. Meantime, stay safe. And let’s make plans to talk soon.

About Chris Jones

Thinker. Author. Explorer of edges. Passionate about learning and coffee. Founder of #smchat and #orgdna communities. Writing on Medium. View all posts by Chris Jones

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