May 2020

Surviving the Pandemic: Seven Ways to Create a Culture of Belonging

A strong culture helps your team survive times of anxiety and uncertainty.

Michele Powers
A woman reclines with headphones on, as if listening to relaxing music or a meditation.

A woman reclines with headphones on, as if listening to relaxing music or a meditation.

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Have you ever experienced a herd of bison running straight toward you and your child, with nowhere safe to get out of the way? It is a uniquely terrifying experience, let me tell you. A moment when you most definitely know you are alive, and are quickly assessing avenues to ensure you and your offspring remain that way.

This pandemic experience sort of feels the same to me. True—it is not a matter of split seconds before the impending impact of mountains of hide, muscle, and hooves. The virus is invisible. We do not know when it will strike us, our friends, or loved ones. But the speed of change with this pandemic, both social and economic, has been a whirlwind. And we have no idea where our safe havens reside or what the future will bring.

Do Not Bury Your Head

Now is not the time to freeze in place. Agility and creativity are required to come out of this with your team together, stronger and better than ever. The one thing we know for sure is that our new normal will be different. The old ways will not work. Social distancing and revised protocols for interacting, along with challenging economics, are here for the foreseeable future. We are in uncharted territory.

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