What Has the Pandemic Done for You? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 505

My clients, Richard Citrin and Michael Couch, have thought-provoking conversations with great thought leaders on their Leadership Café show. One of the questions they often ask is: “What has the pandemic done for you?”

First, I want to acknowledge the dreadful conditions and deaths the pandemic has brought to millions around the world. And rather than asking what the pandemic has done to you, I’d like to look at the question from a different angle which is, what has the pandemic done for you?

The pandemic has taught me and reminded me:

  1. To be more patient.
  2. That life is short. Make the best of what I have.
  3. Not to sweat the small stuff.
  4. To be more empathetic to those who struggle and suffer.
  5. There are things I can’t control.
  6. To take better care of myself and my family.
  7. To reach out to those in need.
  8. To ask for help when needed.
  9. To be hopeful and optimistic that things will get better.
  10. The value of time, resources, energy, and joy and how to better optimize them.
  11. The importance of family and friends and how critical it is to strengthen relationships.
  12. To have more gratitude and appreciation to my surrounding.
  13. To listen and trust those I should.
  14. That there are remarkable minds working towards a better future.
  15. To challenge myself and improve the ways I leverage technologies.
  16. The need to constantly reinvent myself, my business, and my clients.

I also learned that it should not take a worldwide pandemic to realize how fragile our world is and why we must be more resilient and better prepared.

Here is to a better future.

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