Work Wiser #4: Be Resilient

Welcome to January. I trust you had a restful break from work. Usually at this time of the year, it’s a good time to assess the gap between what your project has delivered and what else still needs to be done before you can transition and hand over to operations. Now, some of these outstanding items will make it into the continuous improvement program but this year is different.

When the pandemic hit in March of last year, we thought it was gonna be over in September and then we thought it’s gonna be over in December and by now we know that there’s no end in sight. In many ways, 2021 is a continuation of 2020. It’s a long response to the pandemic and you need to be prepared for that. So it’s no longer a sprint, it’s a marathon. And you’ll be running through terrain that you’ve never trained in before.

There are two mindset shifts that are going to be helpful:

Firstly be prepared for long term adversity. So think about mutilating viruses and that happening not once, not twice but continuously. So we don’t know how long this is gonna last and you need to be prepared for that.

Second, to adapt to changes. Some of the responses to the pandemic are going be permanent. This is because the pandemic has actually accelerated some of the changes that have been around in the background for a long time, and this is part of the global move, the macro trend towards the fourth Industrial revolution.

To withstand adversity and adapt to changes, focus on building your resilience in 2021. There are many areas that need to be resilient: your health and mentality, your relationships and community, your lifestyle, work and finances. For many people, having a job is part of financial resiliency. As a project professional, you know how to assess risk and mitigate them. So what’s your contingency plan in 2021? Part of it could be to develop skills that can’t be taken away from you and that you can take wherever you go.

To that end, I have an announcement. I’m offering a Project Doctor Masterclass consisting of ten training sessions and twenty personal one-on-one coaching sessions over a ten-month period. One part of what we’re gonna cover is working wiser and that’s taking a deeper dive into the topics we covered in December in order to build your resilience. Details are in the link below. Once again, thank you for watching and until next ime remember to rest well and work wiser.

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