How COVID-19 is Changing the Way We Work and How You Can Adapt

How COVID-19 is Changing the Way We Work and How You Can Adapt

I normally don’t pull a bait-and-switch on my podcast guests. But this week I did.

I was scheduled to interview Jacob Morgan about his new book The Future Leader: 9 Skills and Mindsets to Succeed in the Next Decade. But Jacob is a futurist, and specifically an expert on the future of work — he wrote a bestselling book by that exact title back in 2014 and is the founder of

So when I found myself interviewing him on March 31, right in the middle of the Coronavirus outbreak when 80% of the U.S. was on mandatory stay-at-home and work-from-home orders, I knew I needed to pivot. Who better to talk to about how all this is affecting the way we work and how we can prepare for the challenge?

I started by asking Jacob for his take on what he sees as the biggest changes right now to the way people need to work (2:50). Then we moved on to his advice on how to do adapt to those changes. Below is a brief outline of the territory we covered.

Click play above and see how your job and preparation stack up. . .

How to cope with these changes: (11:00)

    1. Accept the chaos (12:00)
         – This is just temporary, mostly!
         – Some things will never go back to the way they were (6:35)

    2. Make time for self-care (12:35)
         – Eat healthy and workout
         – Don’t watch news all day
         – Don’t constantly fret about your bank account
         – Stay connected with friends

    3. Invest in learning new skills (14:20)
         – Like how to run virtual meetings

    4. Revisit career goals – maybe it’s time for a change (16:00)

    5. For entrepreneurs, find new revenue streams – re-strategize (17:25)

    6. Opportunities:
         – Practice human skills, like empathy for those affected most
         – Recommit to what you want your business to stand for (19:10)
              – i.e., No layoffs at Visa
– Virtual dates (22:00)

7. Is this the future you envisioned? (23:00)

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