Thank you for taking a couple of minutes out of your schedule and I trust you and your families are doing well. It is hard to believe but the summer is just about over however for most folks, it didn't seem to start. As a result of the pandemic, most were unable to take vacations, spend a day at the beach or have a good old American barbeque. Being the resilient society we are, we adapted to the new norm and found new ways to accomplish many of our daily tasks.
Being a technologist, I understand that the one thing that is a constant is change. Because of the newly implemented protocols, we have seen dramatic changes in the use of technology. As an example, purchases over the internet have skyrocketed showing a 55% increase. A couple of products that showed an even larger uptick were purchases of personal protection equipment, groceries and exercise equipment. Companies like Walmart are investing heavily in their digital platform to compete with the Amazon's of the world.
Through a number of articles and my years of IT experience, I've compiled a set of principles to guide me through a period of turbulence. I've adapted it for today's challenge and although some of the items are more relevant to technology, I believe any leader can apply these:
As some companies are beginning to return to their offices and schools are preparing to reopen, I'm certain we will continue to be challenged. As the holiday weekend is quickly approaching, remember not to let your guard down, stay safe and enjoy the extended time off.