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There is a lesson to be learned here somewhere...

Came across this Peanut cartoon strip recently. It reminded me about the season we're in now. Several words come to mind.

1. Foundation

Your foundation matters. Before you build, you need to establish your foundation. Out of that will be the strength of your building. Your substructure will determine the strength of your structure and superstructure.

Substructures are buried in the ground, often unseen by the public. Unlike superstructures that stands above ground, substructures remain hidden deep in the ground.

As you restart your business / organisation, have you been intentional in laying a strong foundation? Have you gathered your thoughts around purpose, values and vision. What is your culture like and how will it look like moving forward?

It may be unseen, but like a substructure, it sets up the superstructure so it can stand firm.

2. Surrounding

Our surrounding environment has morphed in the last couple of months. Regardless of the industry you're in or the role you play in your organisation, the box we used to be in is no longer there. The crisis has removed the box - there is no more box!

Be conscious of your surroundings. Be mindful about it, be attentive to it and most of all, be responsive to it. The call is to go beyond just being adaptable - changing to suit the environment. The challenge is for us to be agile - to transform our surrounding.

3. People

You're not alone. We're in this together.

If you are a leader, you have a responsibility to lead the people under your care. Being a faithful and responsible steward in ensuring that their safety and well-being is taken care of. If you take care of your people, your people will take care of your business.

If you are a follower, journey with your leader. They are as vulnerable and nervous as you are, if not more. Support them in whatever way you can. Your leaders may not show it, but I'm certain they will appreciate your concern for them.

Unlike Charlie Brown, there is a lesson to be learned here somewhere and you know what it is.


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