YES, There Will Be Life After COVID-19!
No question, COVID-19 is deadly. The toll it takes in human lives is unknowable. How much damage it will do to individual countries and to the global economy is anyone’s guess. To modernize Thomas Paine’s quote from 1776, “These are the times that try one’s soul”.
However, there will be life after COVID-19. As nations have done so many times in the past, we will rise like the Phoenix and make the world an even better place than before the Pandemic.
At some time in the not-too-distant future, not only will we have learned to live with COVID-19, we will find new ways to live and dream. While we deal with the problems of the present, we also need to leverage this time to prepare for a better future.
What Does the Future Hold for Businesses?
Will online business thrive in a society that continues to practice social distancing out of fear of contagious diseases (remember, COVID-19 is just one bad actor in a cast of many)? Probably.
Will we be required to wear devices that track our vital signs and report any anomalies to “big medicine” to alert the authorities of hitherto unknown pathogens? Maybe.
Will the economies of the world ever recover? ALMOST CERTAINLY!
I consider a return to the “old normal” as the unlikeliest of outcomes simply because we have learned how devastating a pandemic can be. The fact that we had been warned in detail by experts for years that it was a possibility, so what?
We don’t learn from probable futures; we only learn from a clear and present danger. Only after we have survived a catastrophe do we accept that it really can happen. But what next?
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To Thrive in This New World, Business Analysts Must Define a “New Normal”
I usually stay away from predicting the future, but I’m pretty sure I’m not going out on a limb to claim that we will be living in a “new normal” (whatever that means) in our personal as well as professional lives.
The one prediction that I am comfortable making is that the global economy (and that of nearly every country in the world) needs to be rebuilt.
Every Organization Will Adopt New Ways of Doing Business
In the aftermath of the pandemic, we will dust ourselves off and work out ways of coping with and then taking advantage of the changed situation.
Every organization needs to adopt new procedures, new protocols, and new systems to thrive in the new normal.
That is where the people wearing the Business Analysis hat shine.
Business Analysts Excel at Defining “New Futures”
We have been dealing with change all of our professional careers. That’s what business analysis is all about. We define the future. We have the tools, skills, and abilities to do it better, cheaper, and faster than others. But make no mistake; it will not be easy.
It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new.
This coolness arises partly from fear of the opponents, who have the laws on their side, and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily believe in new things until they have had a long experience of them.
Business Analysts of the World!
Consider this Your Wake-up Call.
- This Is Our Unique Challenge. Change is coming.
- Use the interim to get ready for the upcoming battle.
Our job always has been and still is to define a better future for organizations. That hasn’t changed because of a pandemic; it is now more crucial than ever. Change will always happen.
Now is the time to sharpen your weapons, work on your methods, and add to your bag of tricks. The world needs the likes of you. Prepare now for what lies ahead, whatever that might be.