Between de-escalating tantrums, there’s an occasional quiet moment to think about what will change. This list will change too, but some immediate things come to mind:
- We need to spend more time with our families. We really don’t and the reasons seem ridiculous now.
- So many of things we do are antiquated and need to end now. Fax machines, signing up in person, needing to be somewhere to do work that doesn’t involve looking after a person or life supporting machinery doesn’t make sense.
- All business should be online business and we shouldn’t waste so much time pro-sumering if we can afford it. Instacart and other services are the gel between offline and online businesses.
- Everything we do affects those around us. It’s not a butterfly flapping its wings that creates a typhoon, it’s a bat sneezing on a pig. We are not just a POV behind our eyes. Each individual is a collection of trillions of cells, bacteria, and viruses. Our consciousness is just one manifestation of this collection. We are carriers of disease to others who don’t have immunity to the things we can tolerate.
- We are only as strong as our weakest links. If those links are truck drivers delivering food to stores, we need to think about how to shore up those links. We can’t hire twice the drivers but we can make drivers twice or more effective through automation.
- There’s no time to rest on laurels. For humanity to be resilient, we need to stop tolerating waste of human capital on old processes and habits.
- Travel is much more about experience than it is about being effective in business. Same with offices. Same with cars. Let’s not delude ourselves and remember that when we’re gunning for another trip.