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How to Prepare for the Post-COVID-19 World?

COVID-19 has connected all humans across the world and brought them into one global platform. It showed their place on the planet and kept them grounded and humble. It did not differentiate between the rich and the poor. It created a borderless world. It increased empathy and compassion and elevated humanity globally. It raised the hope that humans will win the war against the virus and come out with flying colors. In a nutshell, COVID-19 emphasized 3Hs―humility, humanity, and hope.

COVID-19 leaves an indelible mark on the history of humankind. We must learn lessons from this pandemic to prepare effectively to prevent pandemics in the future. The coronavirus has taught several life lessons to humans. Here are some of them. It reminded everyone that threat might come from any quarter and in any form. It has taught them the value of life paving the way for humans’ search for humanity. It has taught them not to take life for granted. It has taught them to search for meaning for life and think of humanity. It has taught them to care for their communities, neighbors, and the people around them. It grounded them and made them humble and simple. It has taught them the value of time and care for their family members. It has taught employees how to work from their homes and differentiate between their personal and professional lives. It made authors, intellectuals, and philosophers become more creative, imaginative, and productive. It enhanced empathy and compassion and encouraged nonprofits to come forward actively to help the needy.

The COVID-19 is a lesson to humans to treat animals and their habitats with kindness. There is a clear connection between wildlife, humans, and coronavirus. We must treat animals properly to enable humans to live with good health because humans and animals are linked. The coronavirus has taught them the seriousness of climate change and pay attention to it immediately and earnestly. It has taught them to respect wildlife. It elevated the importance of technology because people are connected virtually due to the practice of ‘social distancing.’ It has taught people to reinvent themselves as per the changing times and technologies. It has made people lead their lives meaningfully with a more health-conscious mindset, appreciating the little things and cultivating relationships; as well as investing more time in hobbies, self-care, mindfulness, and spirituality. It has taught the importance of healthcare services and the role of essential care workers who were taken for granted in the past. They are the frontline workers and are the real warriors who saved our lives during the pandemic. It has taught us the attitude of gratitude toward others, especially to frontline workers. Overall, it has transformed a lot about modern life: how we work, socialize, and even how we eat.

How to Prepare for the Post-Coronavirus World?

The global leaders acted and contained the damage and deaths to some extent. There is a dramatic shift in the global economy especially in shopping behavior. In the post-coronavirus world, there will be more emphasis on innovation, creativity, and restructuring. This is the best time to innovate products and services with an emphasis on technology. Organizations must innovate the way they do their businesses and leverage technology. They must do things differently. They must adopt unconventional ideas and insights. They must anticipate the business challenges and prepare accordingly. They must add value to global societies and communities.

COVID-19 has brought immense opportunities to the world leading to a trimmer and slimmer world with a more focus on your goals and objectives. In the post-coronavirus world, you will expect drastic changes. There will be more temporary workers, fewer permanent workers. There will be lesser physical activities and more virtual activities. There will be an increased emphasis on digital activities leading to a digital world. Health complications are bound to rise due to the increased emphasis on technology. There will be more attention to mindfulness to beat anxiety, stress, burnout, depression, and suicides. There will be an increased emphasis on insurance and personal savings due to a lack of permanent employment and social security measures. The future is promising for several sectors including insurance, banking, healthcare, and technology. Here are some tools and techniques to prepare the world for a new normal.

  • Be adaptable. Those who don’t adapt lose their relevance and go obsolete. There will be an increased emphasis on healthcare facilities, virtual networking, virtual facilitation, and work from home. Telemedicine is the order of the day.
  • Unlearn and relearn as per the changing times and technologies. Education has become digital rapidly. There is a dramatic shift in the mindset of teachers and students vis-à-vis technology.
  • Emphasize technology and explore opportunities in digital technology. There will be huge opportunities for digital entrepreneurs globally.
  • Be prepared for more such pandemics.

COVID-19 led to a more digital world. It encouraged personal hygiene as people sensitized about cleanliness. Currently, people can lead healthier lifestyles. Coronavirus has opened our eyes and taught the lesson that our lives are fragile. It helped us discover what matters most. Therefore, learn lessons from these trying times to become stronger, smarter, and sharper and lead your life with purpose and meaning.

To summarize, humans have shown their resilience by beating the virus. So, don’t panic. You could lose everything because of coronavirus, not hope. It is time not to get into the rat race. It is time to take a pause, reflect, and be mindful. It is time to identify your passions and pursue them religiously. Don’t exist but live in this world. Lead your life with purpose and meaning. Add value to others. Be compassionate. Have an attitude of gratitude. Serve humanity. Life is short and make it sweet. Emphasize humanity, humility, and hope. To conclude, global organizations must encounter adversity, embrace uncertainty, and explore opportunities in the post-coronavirus world to achieve organizational excellence and effectiveness.

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Professor M.S. Rao, Ph.D.
Professor M.S. Rao, Ph.D. is the Father of “Soft Leadership” and the Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants, India. He is an International Leadership Guru with forty years of experience and the author of fifty books including the award-winning See the Light in You: Acquire Spiritual Powers to Achieve Mindfulness, Wellness, Happiness, and Success (Waterside Productions; January 16, 2020). He is a C-Suite advisor and global keynote speaker. He brings a strategic eye and long-range vision given his multifaceted professional experience including military, teaching, training, research, consultancy, and philosophy. He is passionate about serving and making a difference in the lives of others. He trains a new generation of leaders through leadership education and publications. His vision is to build one million students as global leaders by 2030. He has the vision to share his knowledge freely with one billion people globally. He advocates gender equality globally (#HeForShe). He was ranked #1 Thought Leader and Influencer in HR globally by Thinkers360. He invests his time in authoring books and blogging on executive education, learning, and leadership. Most of his work is available free of charge on his four blogs including Vision 2030: One Million Global Leaders. He is a prolific author and a dynamic, energetic, and inspirational leadership speaker. Professor M.S. Rao, Ph.D. is an opinion columnist for the CEOWORLD magazine. Follow him on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.