Travel Restrictions and Toilet Paper

We have just had the first of what we expect to be many postponements and cancellations of live training due to travel restrictions triggered by the COVID-19 epidemic.

Some people consider these measures to be the corporate version of toilet paper panic buying; that the same fears that have eroded billions from stock-markets around the world is disrupting business-as-usual. The arguments go that more people suffer and die from other illnesses; that it is only the elderly or those with existing conditions that are at serious risk.

This would be cold comfort to the elderly and those with existing conditions, and their children, parents, siblings, friends and co-workers. What’s different about this illness seems to be the longer incubation period.

Arguing the point would be fatuous. Just as border controls are in place, travel restrictions will be the new norm, even if for a finite period. We need to deal with it.

Our view is that:-

  1. Now more than ever, business teams should aim to lift their collective performance. Industries will suffer – airlines, tourism, hospitality, education, manufacturing, events, et al. The strength of our economy requires the rest to shoulder the load.
  2. Business teams that are prepared to strive to maintain high levels of productivity will emerge from this stronger than ever. This could be the event that shows us how much more effectively we can work and collaborate remotely.
  3. Lifting collective performance demands even more effective communication and collaboration. It is not about more communication, but more effective communication. It is not about more collaboration-like events; t/c’s and video conferences, but more effective use of the technology and the time we spend when we are connected.

Our firm can contribute to what needs to be done. We have a suite of Online Training videos specifically focusing on Communication and Collaboration. We are developing a series of webinars and online training sessions to active engage with leaders and teams looking for an edge, or even the means to maintain their current momentum, should the COVID-19 narrative continue to keep people physically apart.

Please contact me through LinkedIn if you would like to discuss this further, or consider attending a webinar we are hosting tomorrow.

You can still register for Winning at Remote Collaboration – insights and practical strategies to maximise the quality of remote collaboration, on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM AEDT at:

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.

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