“The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.” Socrates
The winning game appears to be played by many unscrupulous individuals who apply the survival of the fittest strategy. In an environment that no longer conforms to the ethical norms of yesterday, the new buzz phrase is BUSINESS UNUSUAL. Industry leaders loudly boast that things will never be the same, so it is time we conform to the new normal which is being imposed upon us. As I see it, the new normal is – that the only thing that matters is Money.
This scripture which was not known to many is now revealed. “A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry but money answereth all things.” Ecclesiastes 10:19. It is the truth that will always set us free. This knowledge was hidden from the masses and those who were privileged to get this information have used it to exploit others. The wealth gap has been substantially widened in the past two decades. Knowledge has increased; with the introduction of technology, economic development has been on steroids and industrial advancement has moved ahead with unparallel speed.
The advancements at all levels that have been made in recent years have been phenomenal. Artificial Intelligence is changing the industrial landscape and with every passing day, we feel the impact of cutting-edge technologies as they change the way business is done. Imagine what the economic landscape could have been without COVID 19?
Those who plan to get ahead must commit to doing things differently, always focused on the fact that there will be no return to the way things used to be. Moving forward, it will be Business Unusual especially with those business persons who have entered the Reset stage that is already contributing to this new system.
The question that industry leaders are currently asking themselves is – why are so many people not returning to their usual jobs?
The real answer is that they are looking for something outside of the normal. Up until COVID 19, too many employers failed to give their workers real opportunities to develop themselves.
When work from home was introduced by many firms, employees’ eyes were opened and for the first time, many saw that life could be different and both sides can co-exist. COVID 19 brought about an awareness that workers can get a better deal. Now the US government has joined the debate and seeking out opportunities to make life more palatable for their citizens. There will be assistance for child care and other social benefits to ease the physical and financial burden on parents, especially for single parents.
We must not shy away from the many reasons why employees are not returning to work in the expected numbers. Many have found better ways that fuel their passion and create new opportunities for establishing home-based businesses. Another reason is spending quality time with family. Sober minded families are enjoying this period very much. Things they never did are being done. Many are experiencing life in a manner, they never thought possible. There is a higher meaning to life.
It is interesting to note, the value placed on employees where companies are willing to offer Incentives upfront to new employees. Imagine receiving CASH for accepting a job? That is definitely not the norm but it is a sign of the times – Business Unusual.
Executives and other employees are now able to exercise options by moving to cities that they only read about and are even able to request to work remotely from overseas. How quickly life has changed, affording many persons to live life on their own terms. The people will win in the end. We await with baited breath for an end of the twists and turns in the governance of United States of America as Democrats and Republicans settle down to serving their citizens, and by extension the citizens of the world.
Next year, there will be many water shed moments for the United States of America. The far reaching, transformative plans envisaged under President’s Biden administration when unfold will bring joy to the world. It is a great time to be alive. Do everything to get more out of life. You deserve it. I can’t wait.
It is reassuring to note that efforts to bring COVID 19 under control are showing signs of progress. Let us not hasten to step out and begin to celebrate but rather employ restraint and watch and pray that all will be well. Keep the Faith, Stay Safe, we will rise again.
Freelance Journalist/Realtor/Business Consultant
Brother Harris. It is not as if these cataclysmic changes have not been forecast from somewhere on Mount Sinai. Search the Good Book.
I will proceed to do a work in your days, that if it were told you, you would not believe it
Would you have believed this total house arrest of the whole world under the vide grip of a pestilence?
Write the vision and make it plain upon tables that they may run that readers it
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it will speak, and not lie; though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.(Habakkuk)
A sword is pointed at the gates of the great man. He has seen it and fear has taken hold on him.
It seems, today, as if the world has arrived at a second Exodus. The abominations of one thousand years of oppressive labor seems to be ending with its apocryphal panoply of ten plagues.
Amid the pandemic and its attending humanitarian catastrophe the mass of workers are being led on dry ground between two walls of economic and social upheavals to another shore of deliverance from the old master/slave; worker/boss status quo of the 14th-20t century.
The Pharaohs ( employers, corporations and governments), bamboozled by the change in the attitude of workers, conceive of all forms of cajolery to recapture their “property”
But, it seems that 21st. Century workers have seen the light of salvation and are determined to enter a new dispensation that takes them out of the houses of corporate, government and municipal bondage.
What then, lies ahead of this defection of the global labor force?
Will the modern Pharaohs pursue them with the power of technology?
Will they command their million dollar robots to locate them through their massive database of human algorithms?
Or will they commandeer their henchmen to give chase in the furor of fifty variants of HIS pandemic?
Will a massive meteor shower cast down the satellites an disable the chariots of modern Pharaoh and his horsemen in the middle of the waters?
And will the high walls of these two billows of economic and social waters roll over and drown forever these thousand year old oppressors of the worker?
There’s a high question sign in the air, in the waters, and in the ground. Fire, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes tsunami, humans fear on every side.
WHO has the answer.