What do I mean by “what is next?” It relates to my deep uncertainty about the change impacting all known business and social structures around me . It includes having to wait for my clients to themselves see the “fog clearing” as they too adjust to the reality of their new world with the changes being unleashed and from a purely selfish perspective, for them to be able to release funds for the supply chain again whilst the clients wrestle with the challenges they are also facing during the past weeks. Meantime any dialogue with clients what this new world change indeed means for their own businesses future and the uncertainty they are facing both with regards to their own clients has been not unnaturally challenging as they too do not have the answers that I seek in terms of my own business interests.
What has starkly struck me as I seek to adjust to the new world we are in, is that quite possibly the way I have worked with clients, colleagues and partners for several decades, has possibly gone for ever. Whilst it has become the ‘norm’ to enthuse about the so called new found joys of WFH by many of those doing it for the first time, having been a Home or Remote Worker for the best part of 20 + years, it seems to me to be somewhat over-blown and losing sight of the connectivity and close engagement that we have all too often taken for granted when we were more physically interacting with each in business along the more established lines. The way that I and many people do business is the connection and benefit we gain from meeting people face to face in a variety of ways. With the mass move through necessity of many workers now likely Home Working permanently, a question I have also been asking myself is how does this ‘old dog’ adapt my existing skills and learn new tricks so as to remain viable and productive into the emerging new world that we do not know?