For many, staying safe at home is getting old. The list of activities we can safely partake in is growing and each one added seems to magnify the things we should avoid/delay. While the pandemic has curtailed some activities, it has also pushed us outside our comfort zones. We are creating new ways to enrich our lives and help others.Read More
A member of our ZOOM meeting this week: “I am so over agonizing about COVID 19. I’ve got to get on with my life and start running my business again. I can’t control everything, but I can run my business proactively and stop worrying. It is what it is. Time to move on.”Read More
What outside the box idea could you invest in today that could start generating income within the next 60 days?
- I’m creative! I can come up with a million of those outside of the box ideas! Realistically I should be promoting my coaching services a lot right now. I could have more webinars and live streaming Q & A’s that would attract attention.
- When I launched this business, we were told there are tons of money; I’ve always thought if it’s a good business, we would get the funding and we did.Read More
The last eight weeks have been like no other. We are in the midst of a disaster. Some of us are more involved than others and some are being hit harder than others: economically, emotionally, and physically.
When this pandemic is over, what then?
The world is changing. Your organization is changing. Your people are changing. You as the leader need to capture the positive aspects of what we are learning from this experience.
The nation is going through a tough time; everyone is being affected by this pandemic. While trying to deal with uncertain finances and an uncertain future, it is also important for you as leader to take care of yourself and your employees.
While you are leading your team and business through this uncharted territory, it’s essential that you maintain a healthy mindset. What can you do to take care of your mental and physical health? How are you and your family managing stay at home orders? Have you found ways to stay in touch with friends? We need to step away from this stress: turn off the news, read a book, meditate, play board games, make a new recipe with your family…Take care of YOU in order to be at your best to lead your team and take care of your business.
Constant, open communication with your employees and vendors is a must. You may not have all the answers and you certainly cannot foretell the future, but you can listen to the fears and concerns they express. Many businesses have discovered innovative ways to continue to operate. Will employees continue to be paid? What duties can be done from home? What safety procedures can you implement for employees who need to deal in close proximity with the public?
Adapting is key during this uncertain time. We don’t know how long social distancing will last and how long some businesses will need to stay closed. You may have had a month-by-month game plan in place, but you’ll need to take it day-by-day now. If you have had to cut back, are you losing revenue? Are you fortunate enough to have a cushion? Have you been in contact with your bank? Your landlord? Do you have a handle on your supply chain? What arrangements have you made with vendors? Have you researched what state and federal assistance may be available? Many businesses are finding creative ways to market products and services. Remote services are abounding. How can you take advantage of them? Your employees are on the front line; keep them in the loop and encourage their input as you make adjustments.
Strong communication is always important, but it’s especially crucial in the middle of this pandemic. Now is the time to take careful note of how everyone communicates so that you can understand how to communicate messages to them. Clarity and repetition should be a part of all communication efforts moving forward.
Even in the midst of physical distancing, we can be there for our families, friends, and employees. We can seek reasons to be grateful and pass along a positive attitude.
Brenda and her family were finally able to take their once-in-a-lifetime trip to Alaska. They flew to Anchorage, spent a few days in Denali and boarded a bus headed toward the cruise that would complete their adventure.
The first few days of the trip exceeded their expectations, but as is sometimes the case, unforeseen events upset their well-planned trip.
This pandemic has many of us remembering the shock and response to 9/11: both unforeseen events have changed the way things happen in our world.
Barbara Corcoran, millionaire real estate broker and Shark Tank star learned a few lessons after nearly going broke after 9/11. “When things go south, they often come back like gangbusters.”