These are hard times.

Millions of businesses are closed and if they are open they’ve needed to do it differently than they have before.

Millions have lost their jobs.

Listen to post on social media or watch the news and the focus is on the calamity of our times.

The message I see reiterated time and again is to stay in place. Don’t do anything. In the beginning, this made sense, particularly when we knew nothing about the virus and how to prevent it.

When I talked to workers or talk to business managers and sales leaders, many have been affected by the pandemic in so far as that they are focusing on accommodating it, rather than figuring out solutions that allow them to move ahead.

I want to be clear that I am not advocating for risky behavior in any way shape or form. I have been someone who wears a mask from the very beginning and who rarely leaves his house because, as an at-risk individual, it is stupid to do so.

However, in my work, I have been figuring out different ways to do the work that I might have previously.

You and I could both lament about how hard this is. Frankly, if this was an earlier time in US history, I don’t know how to grow crops or live an agrarian lifestyle, I don’t know how I would pull this off. I just know that I’m resourceful and adaptive and we try to figure something out rather than accept the idea of being doomed.

I want to encourage you to change your thinking from what you can’t do to what’s possible now. What’s possible now given the circumstances of our times?

What can you, your department, your group, your firm do given the times that we ran? How can you do things differently but appropriately and better and more profitably given current circumstances?

Change your focus.


What’s possible now?

Figure it out.

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2020 



Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1900 episodes, and is Career Angles | Jeff Altman, The Big Game Huntera member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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