Embracing adversity and the opportunities it creates leads us to being better people and better business leaders.
These are unusual times (wouldn’t we all love a dollar for every time we have heard that over the past few months). While no one wants to underplay the serious nature of what is happening now and the impact that this is having on businesses and individuals, there are opportunities to take micro steps forward for each of us that can lead to positive momentum and confidence.
As a leader, now is a time to inspire others to take control of what they can and not be paralysed by the pandemic and fear. Rather, extra effort should be put into finding ways to demonstrate value and show genuine care for the connections and people in their lives and community.
As individuals we have a need for connection and feeling part of a community. As business owners we need to find ways to keep the connection up with our customers, teams and suppliers. We also need to keep revenue at a level where we can pay our bills and retain our staff, so that when things change – which they will – we are in a position to prosper and have developed enhanced capabilities. I can already envision a future where some of the changes we have moved to now become part of our normal way of operating.
I would like to share some of the positives that I have observed over the last month as I think it highlights that even in these testing times, each of us has an opportunity to step up rather than switch off. It doesn’t matter whether we are doing this remotely or in the office.
Now is a perfect time to reflect on the things and people in our lives that we should be grateful for. For me personally it is that I am surrounded by people that love me, that I love and that I enjoy being around. I am grateful for being respected as a leader and a mentor and working with a passionate team of great human beings. I am grateful for a home that I have and can now work from if needed. I am grateful that I am in a position to help my family and others get through these times. Overall, I am grateful that I have choices and times like this to encourage me to do more of the smaller things like walking the dogs, going fishing with my son, helping my daughter out as she studies, making the extra phone calls and reaching out to let people know I will assist where I can.
I value the opportunity to share knowledge on how to better manage money through the work our team does with a variety of businesses in the area of financial wellness. This will be so important for employers to support their team members during this period, but also as we transition back to the other side.
I encourage others to reach out and connect, support others and look for the opportunities to grow. In particular, show support for a small business in your area either by using their services, thanking them for being there or promoting what you value about them on social media.
Darren Smith, managing director, Financial Advice Matters
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