Dealing with change is not easy at the best of time, and safe to say that since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, it’s been constant change.
In January, I remember sitting in my church and my vicar was updating the congregation about one of the missionaries in China. He had a young family and wife was expecting, and how as early as the beginning of the year they had been in lockdown for eight weeks. After lockdown lifted they were safely on a plane home and it got me thinking, how awful, I don’t know how they coped and thank God it’s not in the UK.
Fast forward a few months and I found myself balancing whether we could go ahead with our largest event of the year. An event where we were expecting hundreds of visitors, just 24hrs before lockdown was announced and safe to say it was challenging. We didn’t realise how so or the full extent of the outbreak at the time.
I think reality hit us all like a steam train. The announcement the whole country was on tenterhooks for came on the 23rd March, with the country on full lockdown. Businesses told to work from home, employees laid off or put on furlough and the events industry, the one I was in came to a grinding holt, wiping out my entire business!
Or so most would think, I had to adapt and quickly, overcoming hurdles within 72 hours.
I launched GetSet Monday’s, our first online meeting for members and guests to attend once a week. However, it soon became apparent that we needed to drop the ‘Monday’ as the demand was for any day of the week. Over the course of the next few months we set up more localised events and now run four meetings a week in sixteen locations across the country including, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Yes, change is difficult to deal with at the best of times and we can’t all jump in to change our businesses overnight to adapt to an ever changing target.
The best advice I can give is to try it and sample things before fully embracing the change and if it works then go for it. If it doesn’t stop immediately, reset and go again.
One the things my brother-in-law would say is kill your darlings quickly. As an ex Major in the British Army this phrase made no sense at the time. What experience have you got from running a business and what military textbook did you pick up from, I would ask?
Well, after years of him quoting this I find I am paraphrasing his words to you. ‘Kill your darlings quickly’. A lot of us will be trying to fit a round peg into square hole that would have worked prior to the coronavirus outbreak but that method may no longer be relevant.
We are in a brave new (digital) world and we have to be bold with what we do and act quickly, quickly to adopt, adapt and even quicker to change.
Remember no matter how hard to try to resist, change is upon us whether we like or not.
Take care and best of luck.