Working From Home Has Been a Life-changing Experience

“… it allowed me to be more of the person I aspire to be, The Best in The World at What I Do”

I have always been better with the written word than the spoken one and for me working from home, allowing me to be more of the person I aspire to be, revealed itself to be very much a privilege. While for some the lack of interaction can make it easy for minor anxieties and frustrations to spiral into existential crises, for me, it gives me time to think, allows me to write considered arguments, and makes me more articulate.

I am a business and management consultant, a free thinking creative systemic strategic planner and most of my days involve reading reports, finding obscure problems, addressing and solving them for the benefit of my clients. When in the office, attempting to share my ideas often meant stumbling over my words and sometimes blurting out a dumbed-down version of what I was trying to say or demonstrate. But these days, most of my work-related interaction with either my clients, contributors and associates are through office and social media chat apps. This means I have time to craft my comments before I utter them.

Now, I can spend a minute writing them down as clearly as possible, making a better case for the changes I would like to make, recommend or see implemented. The slowed interaction gives me time to think, allows me to write considered arguments, and makes me more articulate. Essentially, it allows me to be more of the person I aspire to be, the best in the world at what I do. What is more, the terrain has evened out. Everyone is on the same platform, equally accessible, and they can answer me when it is convenient.

Overall, in these days of pandemic, the toll of isolation far outweighs the benefits of reduced social anxiety.

Michel Ouellette JMD

 

J. Michael Dennis, ll.l., ll.m.
Strategic Systemic Planning… and Many Other Things

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Covid-19: A Blessing in Disguise

 

 

The COVID-19 Coronavirus:  The Biggest Blessing in Disguise For Mankind and Humanity

The world is changing rapidly. For over a year now, COVID-19 has been causing havoc in both human health and the economy. The coronavirus pandemic has left no corner of the world untouched.

Since the first case of the disease was reported in China in December 2019, while 62 million have already recovered, more than 86 million infections have been recorded throughout the world with about 2 million deaths in 218 countries and territories.

For many, COVID-19 has been a wakeup call that the world is changing. The coronavirus pandemic has exposed a number of crises that have been in plain view but ignored by humanity, including challenges like inadequate medical facilities, unequal distribution of income and wealth, fragile supply chains and gender inequality. COVID-19 has truly reminded us all that no man is an island.

The coronavirus is just not taking lives but has further widened the gap that exists between people and nations. While the poorest countries, the poorest neighbourhood, the oldest and weaker people are showing more vulnerability, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, thereby making it difficult for them to feed themselves and their families. COVID-19 has helped refocus our minds on what is really important to human survival: clothing, shelter, health, food and the need to ensure equality.

Just as the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic led to the creation of a favorable environment for the comprehensive equal rights amendment to help women take up roles previously exclusive to men, a century later this pandemic is giving us the opportunity to recalibrate mankind lopsidedness.

The start of the year 2020 turned out to be uneventful. 2020 was supposed to bring progress and prosperity for all mankind. Early February 2020, the COVID-19 coronavirus had just started to grip China and the rest of the world thought it to be more or less a china problem. A handful of senior global leaders were still talking about trade wars and trade imbalances, ideological differences on the basis of religion/military and finance leading to deadly conflicts and business houses/businessmen gloating on the stock prices of their companies being at lifetime high.

At the end of the year, in less than 2 weeks this virus, then popularly called “the China-Virus”, spreading like a wild fire across the globe, bringing down all these alleged edifices of financial, intellectual, scientific, military and historical supremacy over each other in less than 10 days, created a havoc around the world. The global supply chains that we were so proud of suddenly came to a stop. Suddenly, so much for the conflicts, divisions and havoc that we created in the name of progress that humanity stands naked at the precipice of a bottomless abyss.

Never ever since the advent of humanity and its recorded history has the world been so genuinely secular and united just to be able to survive and save itself from this cataclysm and everyone only worrying about the most primordial need of food, shelter, clothing and procreation and everyone is wishing well for everyone else just to ensure self-preservation.

The coronavirus pandemic is here and here to stay for at least 2 more years. For the next 2 years, all we have to and need to remember is that on this earth, in these times of global economy and pandemic, the shrieks of any of our fellow cohabitants, either animal, poor, rich, fortunate or unfortunate, are all the same in the face of adversity. The coronavirus pandemic will come to an end but let us not forget that lesson that mother earth had to impose upon us.

Everything considered, the COVID-19 pandemic is a blessing in disguise, an opportunity for mankind to find its soul lost in the morass of greed, corruption, one-upmanship and destruction of our beautiful planet in the garb of progress.

We are now facing circumstances we have never thought we would. But still, life goes on; you can watch it go by or, you can jump in and be a part of the journey. Whether we like it or not, we need to deal with what is in front of us.

The choice is entirely ours.

J. Michael Dennis

Syndicated Columnist … and other things

 

COVID-19 ~ RAVAGING THE WHOLE IDEA OF SMALL GOVERNMENT

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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in changes none of us could have imagined, but what happens next?

If you had asked me  a year ago, I would have told you there  was no way that school children could shift overnight to online  learning; that it was impossible for banks to offer mortgage holidays;  impossible to double unemployment benefits; impossible to house rough  sleepers or put a hold on evictions; impossible to offer wages subsidies  and definitely impossible to get people to stay home from the  beach, the restaurant and the public places.

But we did it.

If you had asked me  a year ago, I would have told you there  was no way that a government could impose “Stay at Home” and “Business Shutdown” policies; give away millions of dollars in people and business assistance.  But it did happen and,

Somebody will have to pay for this!

SMALL GOVERNMENT: A principle  widely invoked to describe  an economic and political system where there is minimal government  involvement in certain areas of public policy or the private sector,  especially matters considered to be private or personal.

Today, COVID-19 has made one thing terribly clear: “Government is not the same as  business.”

The role of government is to regulate and guide the  increasingly complex social landscape and business is only a part of that  landscape. Health, infrastructure, the legal system, education: these  are not businesses. First and foremost they are part of society, part of  our duty to each other and to the system that we are all, or should be, beneficiaries  of.  But that is a whole other  catastrophe that has been made awfully clear in the last six months.

So what is it that Covid-19 has ripped open?

The fragility of social space and the  robustness of our need to share? The catastrophic misdirection of the  past 30 years of economic and social planning?

What Covid-19 has ravaged is the whole idea of small government. What Covid-19 has  highlighted is the importance of social and economic justice. Today, in many countries around the world, some of the most interesting, creative and innovative   thinkers are ready to imagine a better World and to fight for it: “A compelling vision for a stronger economy, a  fairer society and a more environmentally sustainable future.”

Be part of this new world!

Michel Ouellette JMD,ll.l., ll.m

Systemic Strategic Planning / Crisis & Reputation Management

Michel Ouellette JMD, ll.l., ll.m.
Systemic Strategic Planning / Crisis & Reputation Management

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