Terrible headline, I know, but that’s what’s going on in America today. It’s disgusting and needs to stop immediately. There is a way forward, and we need to get moving fast.
In the 1990s I was a junior executive at a company that sponsored a major conference. I was a key planner and facilitator, so I was compelled to go. Problem was, the day before I was scheduled to depart, I got sick. Common cold I thought, but it could have been the flu. Bottom line, I felt rotten.
I can still remember the outcast feeling, sneezing and coughing on the airplane from DC to Dallas, as everyone nearby shot me dirty looks. Sadly, they were captive in their packed-like-sardines assigned seats, inhaling the certain infection I was delivering to their local atmosphere.
There has never been a more important time to connect with each other.
Social distancing is absolutely vital during this dangerous pandemic as there are only a few ways to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Number one, of course, is staying home, and staying away from others. Washing hands, wiping down surfaces, wearing a mask or mouth covering when going out, and getting tested and treated if you are sick are also keys to stopping this menace.
But there’s another sickness we need to watch out for: Loneliness.
You are a leader. Whether you are a manager or not, you have the ability to take action, right now, to make your world and the people in it, better.
This could be you going to the supermarket or drug store and checking in with neighbors to see if they need anything (besides toilet paper). It could be calling relatives, friends, colleagues, and those who may not have people checking in with them. It could be you seeing something wrong in your neighborhood or at work and taking action to see it fixed.
If you’re a manager, it’s time to step up.
With coronavirus upon us, how do we stay away from people while maintaining the connections we need to get stuff done?
It seems hard, but it’s easily do-able with a smidgen of effort.
Recently I showed up a few minutes late to a luncheon with about 20 colleagues. The two hosts got up to give me a warm greeting, with a full-on handshake. Immediately we looked at each other in horror; we shouldn’t be doing this! Coronavirus! But how the heck should we be greeting each other?
This is a note of encouragement for everyone, whether you are in a relationship or hope to be in one. Reach out. When we do, when we take initiative to start a conversation, people nearly always engage and appreciate it.
If you’ve ever ridden on a subway or commuter train, you know that it’s a pretty quiet experience. The train is filled with riders jammed together, with dozens of people in close proximity, and no one talking! Just about everyone is plugged into their music and reading on their phones, tablets, and occasionally, reading an actual newspaper.
Researchers wanted to know if people would engage in a conversation after being approached on a commuter train.
In early 2020, the Wall Street Journal ranked airlines from first to worst in customer service. Having read the ranking article, Inc.com’s Chris Matyszczyk had an upcoming cross-country business trip and decided to fly the two airlines to see if he could tell the difference himself. Simply put, yes, he could.
Nearly half of people make New Year’s Resolutions. That’s a good thing, as many people are eager to make improvements in their lives by committing to hopeful changes and creating good, new habits.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of resolutions are broken, or forgotten about, by mid-February. The statistics say only half of resolutions get done. Which half do you want to be in?
It happens inevitably. We show up for a joyful holiday gathering with high expectations for family togetherness and giving thanks. Then someone brings up that dreaded word… Impeachment.
How do we keep the peace with family of a different political persuasion?