Are you trying to put the eggs back together or are you making omelets?
There’s a world of difference between the two approaches.
COVID-19 and the economic shutdown have wrecked the economy and created new social expectations.
People are unlikely to gather closely together until there’s a vaccine or herd immunity.
Open office plans – Good riddance.
Work from home or from remote locations is no longer scary. More employees are going to demand these options. Your culture needs to treat in-office and remote as equals or you will have two classes of employees.
Online conferences and training are productive and far less expensive than doing them in-person. There are trade-offs, of course, but leaders now have options.
It’s tempting to want to put the broken eggs back together, to return to the way things were in January 2020.
For some leaders, that’s reasonable.
For many, though, it’s a fool’s errand.
You will miss opportunities to restore your growth as you cling stubbornly to past practices and expectations.
You won’t adapt your flywheel, so your competitors will pass you by as you spend time, energy, and resources trying to recreate the past.
Your top talent will leave because you are out-of-step with people’s expectations. It’s like asking Millenials to accept a Mad Men workplace. Not going to happen.
Imagine what it would be like to be making omelets while everyone else is fumbling around with the eggshells?
This is exactly where you want to be – ahead of the curve.
Here are some practical questions to help you do that.
1. What emerging social and economic trends are affecting your customers?
2. What steps can you take to meet these new needs and expectations?
3. What trends, such as remote workplaces, are affecting your culture?
4. What steps should you take to meet these expectations?
5. What resources do you need to take these steps?
You got it. Five clarifying questions that help you make omelets when everyone else is staring at the broken shell and drifting yolk.