“…the only means of righting a plague is common decency.”

A quote from ‘The Plague’ by Albert Camus written in 1947 about the lock-down of an Algerian town due to an outbreak of the bubonic plague. Sales of The Plague have massively increased across Europe in the last few weeks, another quote shares;

“What’s true of all the evils in the world is true of plague as well. It helps men to rise above themselves.”

How are you rising?  This time is a fantastic opportunity to grow and help each other and make a difference.  Amongst the stockpiling news is also news of companies helping other businesses or the community.
In China, one company, Hubei Huanggang Agricultural Development Co., donated 200,000 kilograms (220 tons) of vegetables to families in the worst-affected areas. Alibaba Group established a $144 million medical supply fund for hospitals in Hubei Province. The Wuhan Charity Federation reports that it raised over $400 million from corporate and private donations in less than two weeks to support communities affected by the outbreak. (source: MIT Sloan management Review).
Elsewhere, Techcrunch.com has detailed ways in which many tech companies are providing support to local communities including Amazon creating a $5 million Neighbourhood Small Relief Fund to provide cash grants to small businesses local to their Seattle offices.

Whilst the world is temporarily forcing us to be more agile, we all have the opportunity to rise, learn, help and flex with the changes.  This agility can stay with us.  Right now, we must flex, adapt and be open to change.  Control can be taken from us.  What are we going to learn and keep from this, what great results will it help us to nail when things return to how they were?

  • What are you doing to help others that you work with to stay positive and productive? Inclusion!
  • Don’t let challenge paralyse you – in these moments get things sorted straight away.  Change your mind-set, dig in and welcome the challenge.
  • Challenge yourself at work, what have you been putting off? Now grab it and get stuck in.  Get into the habit of doing first, those things you normally avoid.
  • Keep your power: don’t let the mood of others affect you, especially when working remotely, read all email communication whilst giving the benefit of the doubt to the sender.
  • Believe in yourself whilst working remotely, as you don’t have a colleague to bounce off. Trust your gut, listen to your heart, choose what looks and feels right, believe in your ability to make the right decision.

This is one great big lesson in agility and inclusion.  Choose to reinvigorate you!

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