When Andrew Winston spoke about COVID-19, Climate, and the Clean Economy during his MIT Sloan webinar last week, his intention was to provide “observations on this moment and what business and people should potentially be thinking about.”
Observably, the world is changing. At the same time, collective businesses and individual leaders across the country are talking about the forthcoming “return to normal” or the preemptive creation of the “new normal”.
In reality, it’s impossible to return to normal given the amount of organizational disruption that was occurring just prior to the pandemic outbreak. There is, therefore, no new normal but instead accelerated change. In this light, Winston provides seven ideas for businesses dealing with this accelerated change:
- Anticipate and prepare for the exponential change.
- Listen to the experts.
- Understand and respect planetary boundaries.
- Believe and understand how we’re all connected.
- Rethink resilience.
- Choose our paths wisely.
- Focus always on people.
Along with tangible takeaways, including the increased importance of resilience, this list exemplifies the connection between organizations where we work and the world in which we live. Both constitute a highly interconnected process in which one behavior, decision, or course of action results in alternative consequences down the line.
At Psynet Group, we approach large-scale change from this systemic perspective to drive better outcomes for organizations. Given the nature of this current shift in the way businesses were moving just prior to the pandemic outbreak, we acknowledge that “normal” was in fact not quite normal in the first place.
Therefore, we work with businesses not with the intention of simply redefining normal, but more in consideration of helping them understand their organization’s systemic connections at the most granular level — their people; their choices; resilience; and skills, including collaboration. We will continue to act as trusted advisors to connect these dots and drive bottom line growth over the next several months of this accelerated change.