“Are we there yet?”
… A phrase that we repeated ad nauseam from the back seat of the car driving our poor parents crazy … It has taken on new meaning in the time of COVID 19. Each day we wake up looking to the news for some sign that we will not be experiencing what feels like yet another “Ground Hog Day”.
While we can look at how things have been managed and state that we could have been better prepared, it is crystal clear that we are navigating uncharted territory in a vessel with no compass, no rudder and no direction home. How do we get “there”?
So “there” is not a place, but a time in hopefully the not too distant future where we can return to some sense of normalcy; a time where we can once again shake hands, give hugs, get hugs, and celebrate in masse, at Mass, at a concert, at a ball game.
We are created for community. We are not designed for social distancing. If any good has come out of this at all, other than the lower levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, it is the realization that we all have more in common than we might have earlier believed. There is no superior military that can win this battle, no bullet proof economy that will go unscathed, no smarter, no dumber, there is just you and me and all the other “you and me’s” coming to the realization of "How Fragile We Are".
My type “A” personality has no advantage here. In fact it is better now to be a type “B”; someone that can more easily appreciate the time off that has been given them. I wake up every day thinking that regardless of the circumstances I must find a way to still produce at the level I was producing prior to the “shelter in place” order, and that regardless of the challenges I presently face, I am either stupid or lazy if I cannot find a solution.
I’m not alone. I’m not alone in this ridiculous supposition or alone in feeling alone.
When I do come to my senses, I realize how lucky I am to have both of my boys at home with us. One a sophomore in college and the other headed there next year, this is a gift that I would not have had without the “shelter in place” order. I am also fortunate in that no one in my immediate or extended family has been gravely affected by the disease (though we have had a close call with family in MA.).
The President recently recruited a number of industry leaders as his swat team to help strategize how to “reopen the country.” I noticed that not one physician or even one health care executive was a part of the team. I also noticed that Bill Gates, arguably one of most knowledgably infectious disease experts not possessing an MD, is also not on the team.
I want to get “there” just as bad as anyone. I just want make sure the wheels don’t fall of the car once our leadership announces that we “arrive.”
Friday, 10 January 2014
As a headhunter with an agency focused in hiring leaders for emerging biotech and device companies, I must maintain a solid understanding of hiring trends in the industry as well as the personality phenotype that can work well with the frantic pace of these emerging companies.
Perhaps one of the ...Read More...
Posted on 01/10/2014 4:12 PM by SandersonMcleod.com
Friday, 03 January 2014
Saving the planet aside, how many of us would prefer to drive a Porsche to work rather than riding in an overcrowded bus?
And yet that is what most job seekers are doing metaphorically when their strategy for finding work is to apply online with a resume. Think about how many riders are on that bus? ...Read More...
Posted on 01/03/2014 4:12 PM by SandersonMcleod.com
Friday, 28 September 2012
I was writing a blog the other day while glancing up at a MLB game. I had the TV on mute and happened to watch a commercial for the new Honda hybrid and was immediately struck with something. The best commercials deliver the majority of what they want to say with the clever use of pictures.
This ...Read More...
Posted on 09/28/2012 4:12 PM by SandersonMcleod.com
Thursday, 13 September 2012
I think it was two years ago I was reading an interview with actor Michael Douglas and he was asked his favorite piece of advice. He replied that his Dad, Kirk Douglas, had told him, "Do your best work and then Fâ€¦ It!!!!
That seems to me to be the one of the best pieces of advice one could take ...Read More...
Posted on 09/13/2012 4:12 PM by SandersonMcleod.com
Thursday, 05 July 2012
Ever notice that the more tired and frustrated you get the more likely you are to start speaking in superlatives and absolutes? I see this happen with increased intensity during an election year and I am sure it has NOTHING to do with the DRIVE BY media's LEFT-LEANING manipulations!!!!
In the same ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/05/2012 4:11 PM by SandersonMcleod.com
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Sure they can but it's the same in any economy- if you happen to be a perfect fit for the opening they have. The problem in a tough economy (like now) is there are far less openings, and this isn't just because there is less hiring going on, it's also because many companies stop using recruiters. They ...Read More...
Posted on 03/20/2012 4:08 PM by SandersonMcleod.com
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
We have all heard it before. People come in two categories; those who live to work and those who work to live.
It is time to dispel the myth of working to live.
There is no such thing.
If you spend the majority of your time working, you are living to work, period.
The difference then is ...Read More...
Posted on 03/14/2012 4:08 PM by SandersonMcleod.com
Saturday, 07 January 2012
I recently received an unsolicited newsletter in my inbox with the title: "Employee turnover is the silent killer of workplace productivity."
As a headhunter for 11 years I instantly thought of how ridiculous the statement is. Employee turnover is a given. People are going to leave for two main reasons:
a ...Read More...
Posted on 01/07/2012 4:08 PM by SandersonMcleod.com
Friday, 06 January 2012
"u..huh, â€¦.yeah,â€¦ rightâ€¦ yupâ€¦.makes sense to meâ€¦.., what was that?"
I was hoping that my colleague was actually listening to me but it sounds like he was sending emails and perhaps even texting someone else while we were on the phone. How many times has this happened to you? It seems today ...Read More...
Posted on 01/06/2012 4:04 PM by SandersonMcleod.com