That was until March 11th, 2020, when the World Health Organization declared the Covid outbreak a global pandemic causing countries and organizations around the world to lock down to prevents the spread of COVID-19. We have experienced several years' worth of transformation in just a few short months. The degree of disruption has varied across geographies and industries. All organizations are seeking ways to stabilize and adopt strategies and working models that promote resiliency within their people and business operations.
If you thought you are alone, think again. This situation is unprecedented and new to all of us; regardless of where we are based, professionals around the world are facing similar challenges. In the midst of adversity lies opportunity. "Whenever there is a challenge, there is also an opportunity to face it, to demonstrate and develop our will and determination," The Dalai Lama. Rather than seeing this crisis as a problem, focusing on it as a situation to handle is a resourceful way we can help ourselves & our businesses better manage the pandemic and its effects.
Changing How You Work: Using the E + R = O (EVENT + RESPONSE = OUTCOME) formula, which I picked up on from Jack Canfield's - The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, is an effective, practical tool that can help us to change the way we think.
Defining the Event (E)
The Event can be anything and everything that is outside of your control to change. Our world has changed drastically in a matter of weeks. COVID-19 is possibly one of the biggest challenges our generation will face. As we go through the unprecedented disruptions, we also have an opportunity to define the challenge: Minimize risk and business impact amidst change. In the newly termed "new normal" or 'never normal,' organizations will have to find ways to navigate constant change while maintaining employee engagement, productivity and business continuity in the weeks, months and years to come.
Thinking about your thinking is the first stop on this train. How do I think? When this _event_ happens - what do I typically think? What happens next? What do I feel in response to these thoughts? What do I do in reaction to these thoughts and feelings? In many cases, you will see that your reactivity to certain "events" is part of a habituated pattern of thinking on your part.
Occasionally I try to understand why Lakshman cut nose of Surpanakha and started Ramayana. You may have Lakshmans on your team. Ravana also reacted. Rama could have stopped his brother Lakshmana or they could have gone to Ravana to say sorry! Think of various scenarios. On the other hand Birbal was a very wise man. Whenever Akbar reacted, he would respond by asking for time to THINK.
Sita…Why did she ask for golden deer skin for Rama to do meditation on? Why did she cross the Lakshman Rekha? Possibly she was not wearing THINKING cap to ask herself thinkable and unthinkable so as to get a better picture of the situation. She reacted! She really nagged Rama to run after the deer and in it lies a big lesson for all of us, especially for wives! But she used her thinking cap very wisely by agreeing to go in for Agni Pariksha (self audit) instead of throwing tantrums at Rama because he had guts to think she was unfaithful! We can go on …. Ramayana is an epic which can help us to do mental exercises (Respond or to react) as well as give the right direction to lead our life to reach our chosen goals.
The key is working with your thinking and responding to the situation (Event) which takes us to the next step.