What disruptive questions might you be asking of yourself and others in disruptive times? Most everyone’s first thoughts are naturally to remain safe and to support the people and the communities that we live in for public health. This is expected, but also stretch to learn and to think a bit beyond to the order of what the new day may bring.
As an applied learning exercise, look outward with great curiosity and optimism today to understand that when conditions are altered for society as much as they are now, there will be disruptions. What has long been upheld as “traditional” will change. Some changes will be relatively small and may return to business as usual. Some changes will be major disruptions that may potentially alter your lives, planned for the better. Some will create marketplace shifts that enhance or maybe even create new industries.
From chaos comes growth, a set of new traditions will be discovered. Here are a few starter areas that may get you thinking:
- Telehealth- Within social distancing parameters, the field of mental health is largely able to conduct a majority of visits over the phone or with video technology. Doctors are seeing patients for physical ailments that might now be better served through technology as well. I doubt this will go back to “normal” after we move through the public health crisis, a new order will be formed and society can benefit.
- Grocery Shopping- An industry already adjusting slowly to newer shopping and delivery services now has major increases with pick-up and/or delivery of groceries. Two months ago someone could order groceries and pick them up at the location in an hour or two. The wait here locally is now about a week. From chaos will come a new order, learn and plan for yours.
- Work From Home- Traditional office hours for a great deal of society are being temporarily abandoned out of necessity. What might the new tradition be? What technologies were successful with simplifying this challenge for organizations? What if exceptionally talented workers prefer to maintain non-traditional office hours for their quality of life? What might the new order be to retain that talent?
There are numerous other examples that surround you. Look curiously for them and at them. Ask questions. Connect your applied learning experiences for perhaps a better way to direct your life going forward. Being curious about the future is to first live in the reality of a very serious moment and to then think beyond it to set a course for where you have learned you would like to go from this chaotic experience.
“In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.” — Carl Jung —
What might your future hold?