From my old friend, Mandy Zhang, Operations Manager for The Leadership Group in Beijing (in lockdown at home since 29th January 2020):
1. Be calm and positive. This is the time for you to show leadership, starting with yourself, then you can lead your team. Don’t over-emphasise what we CAN’T do now. Think more and talk more about what we CAN do now.
2. It’s a good time to be creative, to show your courage and to accept the inevitable changes you’re grappling with.
3. Don’t set yourself too many limits. Be open, listen to all kinds of suggestions, then optimise, start to try, and keep on improving during the process. Learn by doing. Maybe you will find a new and more effective way of working when the virus passes.
4. Keep communicating with your team. This is very important, especially when you’re working virtually. We are not fighting this alone. We can help others, and also get help from others, to get through this difficult time together. We can do the same with our clients.
I hope the above provides some ideas and direction to help you get started. I’ll be sharing more relevant stories and lessons from those who have already been through it and are starting to plan for the future. In addition to helping us get through this, it will give us some clues as to when we can expect China’s economy to recover.
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