Would anyone have ever seen March 2020 coming?
Which businesses will live to see March 2021? Hopefully a lot, but certainly not all.
So who will survive? How do you survive? How do you prepare for a future nobody saw coming? Here’s what I’m seeing:
The future belongs to the agile.
Yes, the future hinges on resources—whether they be from a government bailout, cash reserves or good fortune. But if there’s a single lesson I’m learning from the train wreck of this month, it’s that the landscape is changing faster than ever, agility is the key to survival, and that maintaining agility gets harder every day.
Not long ago, I came home from a run and decided to get some stretching in, since I’m moving toward an age where that’s mandatory.
As I struggled to reach my toes, my toddler came into the room, saw me, proceeded to tie herself into a human pretzel (as only a toddler can do), laughed at me and left the room. After I got over being humiliated by a 3-year-old, it dawned on me,
“Every day I am alive, I get less flexible.”