#Coronavirus – the chronicles of a fighter

March 31, 2020

“True, that the outbreak of the Covid 19 virus has created a global reaction, which some say were too slow in some countries. Be that as it may, we are now in a place where small businesses have to be more innovative than ever if they stand any chance at surviving this. Not just physically and mentally but economically.

When #Covid19 became real for me, I sat down and started to read. I read for hours just about anything I could find that was authored by a medical professional or appeared in some credible publication. Once I felt I (as a layperson) understood the virus better and almost became “friendly” with it. It dawned on me that it is just a matter of time before it meets me, my family or anyone in my inner circle. So, I need to plan with that in mind.”

There are few things like a crisis that would result in a suitable environment for concept testing.

True, that the outbreak of the Covid 19 virus has created a global reaction, which some say were too slow in some countries. Be that as it may, we are now in a place where small businesses have to be more innovative than ever if they stand any chance at surviving this. Not just physically and mentally but economically.

When #Covid19 became real for me, I sat down and started to read. I read for hours just about anything I could find that was authored by a medical professional or appeared in some credible publication. Once I felt I (as a layperson) understood the virus better and almost became “friendly” with it. It dawned on me that it is just a matter of time before it meets me, my family or anyone in my inner circle. So, I need to plan with that in mind.

I need to take extra good care of my body as does my family. Then I need to start inspiring others to do the same.

From there, we need to start looking at ways to continue with life in a much harsher environment in terms of the physical environment (working completely remotely for a long time potentially). So, I came up with a list for what I need to do right now (obviously over and above the health recommendations):

  1. Assess whether any staff are infected. Don’t forget that this is scary and that we should apply much-needed empathy and love.
  2. Talk about and share tips to stay healthy and take care of yourself!
  3. Develop a strategy around event attendance, travel and receiving visitors.
  4. It is equally important to physical health to distance while maintaining connection and high morale. Let’s educate and motivate.
  5. Assess how any supply chain disruption will affect you – remember everyone must eat and have access to medical supplies etc. Don’t panic, buy but be smart.
  6. Check insurance policies and understand what you are and are not covered. Knowing is much better than assuming.
  7. Ensure that staff are trained adequately and that they understand all company policies. Then keep them accountable.
  8. Share with as many people as possible so even amid serious social distancing (like we have never seen before) – we can still collaborate and be part of something bigger…

Once I completed my list, I sat back. I realised – every theory in innovating and creating efficiencies in my business will be tested now. Wow, what an excellent opportunity to fine-tune further! It is an opportunity to determine the true agility of the team.

I shall reflect and debrief every day to change and adapt – and just like that this massive stress situation turned into a great opportunity!

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