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As COVID-19 uncertainty spreads around the world at an exponential pace, the global community is finding out that reacting quickly to the societal and economic disruptions that the virus creates, no matter how agile a reactor you are, is not good enough and quite frankly, is simply not working.

With disruptive changes moving so fast, everything seems to be uncertain, and that uncertainty can cause us all to “wait and see,” which is the exact opposite of what we should be doing now! The only way individuals, entrepreneurs, business and government leaders can get ahead of the spread of the virus, and get control of its speed and devastating impact, is to stop focusing on reacting quickly, or “pivoting,” as some have called it, and start becoming anticipatory by separating the Hard Trends that will happen from the Soft Trends that might happen and can be changed.

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2020 brought with it a new decade with a strong stock market and strong growth forecasts. In January, companies were growing and everyone was looking at 2020 to be a transformational year in a booming global economy.

Then, suddenly, we went to alarming numbers in the stock market, a lockdown of all nonessential businesses, unemployment and the now common phrase “social distancing.” Millions are quarantined to their homes, only leaving for exercise, groceries or emergencies. Simultaneously, organizations and individuals who traditionally say “yes” to trying new things with innovative strategies and tactics now feel mounting pressure to say “no.”  The culprit: COVID-19 and the global pandemic.

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New Year’s Day 2020 was the dawn of a new year, a new decade, and a strong stock market with strong growth forecasts, despite being an election year, in which a high level of uncertainty is prevalent. But now, with the global pandemic causing a much higher level of uncertainty, it’s never been more important to ask, “What are we certain about?”

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Technology-driven change will continue to accelerate at an exponential rate. Now that quantum computing has recently entered an early phase of application, exponential change will accelerate. Therefore, it is time to turn accelerating change into an advantage by leaning to anticipate and think exponentially!

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With the constant fluctuation in air travel and gas costs, coupled with an ever-expanding remote workforce, companies are using video and web conferencing more than ever before. High-end video conferencing enables companies to save travel money, meeting costs, and ultimately become more efficient with their employees worldwide.

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When the competition launches a new product, how you react says a lot about you as a professional and your company as an organization. But it is likely that you act quickly and decisively to address the changing factors and conditions after they’ve occurred.
This is called agility, and we often utilize agility to change directions and head the competition off at the pass. But what if you could skip that pivot altogether?