Reacting, Adapting and Growing in the Time of COVID-19

Thank you to James Isaacs from whose exercise this blog post is adapted.

We are passing through one of the most disrupted periods in recorded business history.  There has never been anything like this.  Kudos to all who are still standing!

While there are glimmers of green shoots coming up around us, and the teasing possibility of “re-opening” from Shelter-in-Place, the cold hard reality is that these current recessionary conditions are going to persist for some time into the future.   Forum is the ideal place to talk through how we are reacting, adapting and growing in this time.

Each member prepares in advance to give a brief (5-7 minute) presentation using the following questions to stimulate their thinking.

Reacting – Since we last got together a month ago:

  • What was your best moment in reacting to something?
  • What was your worst moment?
  • What have you done that has worked best in reaction to something?
  • What have you done that has worked least well?
  • Was there some reaction that you would love to have a “do over” on?
  • What was a great decision you made?
  • Is there a decision that you are just not facing up to? Why are you avoiding the decision?

Adapting – Since we last got together a month ago:

  • What is something that you have changed in either how you operate your business, how your family is functioning, or how you act personally in relation to COVID-19 that shows healthy adaptation?

Growing  — Since we last got together a month ago:

  • How have you grown in the last month?
  • What is a strength or attribute you are showing that you didn’t before?
  • Starting with the axiom, “this might be the best work I ever do” under this stress, how have you shown some of your best work this last month?
  • What behavior, strength, attribute, tactic, strategy, attitude, motion, action, movement, etc. do you think you need to get through the next stage of this?

A few notes:

  • You do not have to respond to all questions. Respond to those that speak to you.
  • Feel free to use other approaches to express your thoughts and feelings.
  • Try to touch on your personal, family and business life.
  • Go for the 5%, your deepest feelings and issues which are most difficult to share outside of forum.

Allocate 2-3 minutes after each member’s presentation for others to resonate, notice, share experience, pose a thought-provoking question, or connect the dots between multiple members’ experiences.

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