Management theories and key skills are formed like snowballs; they have interlocked, and have influenced and fed off each other for dozens of years. So we shouldn't seek to reinvent the wheel, but rather delve more deeply into our reference points, our history (recent or past) and take into account all its social, economic, political, ecological aspects. Benevolence and altruism were an integral part of well-established old trends and we could gain much from (re)visiting them, to grasp the finer details and apply them to our management. For example, considering the impact that our business decisions could have on family life can be beneficial for our general wellbeing.
Similarly, emotional closeness in long-distance relationships is another historical concept that should be updated to fit our reality. Rather that inventing new ways of being warm and effective, we should reflect on what can be learned from old handwritten letters and other expatriate methods, such as those, closer to us, of the mobile workers “and road warriors”.
I progress, you progress, we progress
The massive progress we have made in recent months is impressive. Now it's important to pick up the pace and to work on our behavior, keeping in mind that we have new skills to use in 2021. However, it is not always a question of reinventing ourselves, but rather of stepping back, observing and taking inspiration from the world that surrounds us. Let's learn from our community (in the wider sense) and concentrate on what unites us as everyday stakeholders.
Here's to a wonderful 2021 for all of us, full of new/old skills!
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