U for Untypical

Neil ButlerUntypical Thoughts

Well, I guess it had to start here, didn’t it?

We find ourselves working through the biggest health crisis in living memory which, of course, has had a very significant impact on the way we live and the way we run businesses.

If ever our world, our business and our lives could be described as untypical, it is right now.

There are two ways that we can respond to the untypical times we find ourselves in – we can resist the necessary change, in fact, transformation that the world has been through and continues to work through or we can embrace it.

The first option – resistance – is probably the easier of the two to choose. That said, it is also likely to be the one that creates more frustration. Frustration that things are not as they used to be. Frustration that they will never be like they used to be. Frustration that the predictability that many people need has been taken away.

The second option is to embrace the untypical nature of our new world. Embrace the opportunity to truly transform the way we operate our businesses. And by transformation, I am not just speaking about people working remotely … that is certainly one small component of how businesses will operate going forward. No, I am talking about true transformation … in fact, in the next instalment, I will expand on a new word that really captures how I think businesses should approach their short, medium and long-term planning. It is the theme of every one of these 50 words.

More about that tomorrow.

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