During this lockdown there have been many times that dark and deep emotions have overcome our logical thoughts. Looking at the news and the headlines, everything looks gloom and doom. The world seems to be in complete chaos. In the first part of the survive lockdown series inspired by the video of retired US Navy Seal, William McRaven, JP van Zittert share 10 lessons that we can apply to our daily lives to keep afloat during the Corona Pandemic. This chapter looks at five of the 10 lessons.
It has been said and written countless times that Gratitude is medicine to a person’s well-being. I can personally agree, after trying this thing they call gratitude. I take my vitamins every morning. When I am sick, I also have to take other medicine. I have found that part of my vitamin cabinet is a gratitude list in the evening. This is my soul medicine.
Designing organisations for the 4th industrial revolution requires intentional soul searching from organisations. The agile organisation approach challenges an organisations strategic ambition, choices and capabilities outside of the biases of the past. Think of it as an organisation re-establishing what they will and will not do, as well as what it will do differently. Keeping up with the changing times means focusing on a growth strategy that is underpinned by an agile organisation.
Views on the emerging role of the Industrial and Organisational Psychologist during the COVID-19 epidemic
On the 11th of March 2020 the World Health Organisation officially declared the spread of Coronavirus a ‘Pandemic’. Apart from the rate of infection reported in South Africa between the 5th and 11th of March 2020, and the preceding health and economic disasters South Africans witnessed within the global community, this may have been the very sentence that enabled our government to activate the Disaster Management Act No 57 of 2002 (http://www.cogta.gov.za/cgta_2016/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/DISASTER-MANAGEMENT-ACT.pdf).
Forward-looking companies are turning to what is known as Zero Based Organisation design or Adaptable Organisational Structures. This approach to organisational development and design focuses on driving profitability through emphasizing agility over bureaucracy and shifting to a future focused mindset. It gives organisations the mandate to design the most efficient and appropriate organisation from scratch.