Dear Freedom Achiever,
Do you refer to these times as the “New” or the “Next” Normal? What it really is, is constant and rapid change! The world is changing and so are we – on multiple levels! So much of what we have become accustomed to as the norm in our everyday lives has suddenly shifted and some people find themselves struggling to find ways to hold on to what we know and love, whilst others are embracing the New/Next Normal. How do you feel?
McKinsey coined the term “The Next Normal” based on the assumption that there are two periods: pre-viral COVID-19 era and post-viral new normal. As we enter the next normal, digital transformation will be one of many factors that determine an organisation’s ability to survive. In addition to emphasis on digital strategy, this next normal will require a different set of skills in our professional lives. According to the World Economic Forum’s 2020 The Future of Jobs Report, the top skills rising in prominence over the next five years include critical thinking and analysis, problem-solving, and skills in self-management such as active learning, resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility.
As I sat and thought about all the changes that we are navigating on a global scale, the Kubler-Ross Change Curve came to mind. Her model was about the grieving process. So why does this model come to mind ? Because it explores the range of emotions that we typically go through when experiencing change/loss. There are a range of emotions we go through, but it is only when we get to acceptance, that we can truly move forward.