The need for social distancing is pushing businesses to embrace digital in a hurry. For those clinging to in-person meetings, paper documents, cash, and on-location work, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) will provide enough motivation to let those aged practices go.
While this is a terrible situation, it is also an opportunity. Challenges are opportunities. This situation is an opportunity to adapt and to embrace change as a whole world rapidly.
Remote work, increased sick-leave, computer literacy, and awareness of globalization, are overdue changes. We are quickly learning as a world how we all impact each other.
We may have needed a common enemy to unite us. The virus is not even alive. Yet, it must be defeated. And we do so by working together, putting aside our biases and silly feuds to focus on a greater good.
We are all in this together, and whatever our differences, they pale in comparison to what we face. We all know someone who has been or could be negatively affected by the virus when allowed to spread—our actions matter.
While much of the news leaves a feeling of uncertainty, there are undoubtedly many unpleasant realities looming, let this shadow prove the sunshine. Let us learn to work together and let us embrace advancement.
The time for obstructing progress must end. The time for not recognizing the world as one must end. We all impact each other.
Stop fighting and start helping.
I believe digital solutions can help in many areas. Going digital will enable us to practice social distancing. It has already helped us to mobilize much quicker than in previous centuries.
Our only obstacle is ourselves.
I hear many downplaying the danger. There is a myopic view that prevents the misinformed from seeing the dominoes waiting to fall. Others around the world already appreciate the gravity of the situation. The sooner those downplaying the situation recognize how serious this is, the better.
Panic is not good. But alertness is. And this alertness is what will hasten the changes needed.
The love of profit must be set aside for the love of people. The willingness to embrace the future must overpower the desire to cling to the past.