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I, along with the rest of the world, experienced a sufficient share of my anxiety in the Covid-19 pandemic, the least of which was to drive a global, ground-based service that was a boot-driven boot. Leading the list of these challenges, more than one of my teams was stuck in Canada eight months while we were trying to navigate the ever-changing travel bans and uncertainties. But even inside this dark cloud, we were able to find some silver cover. These workers, bound together by unexpected family separations, formed their family bond and bent down to ask for help from each other – humanity at its best.
Covid, all things considered, was a tragedy and a stressful time for the whole world; but because of all the problems it brought, we saw the business shaping, overcoming, and growing in adversity. He taught me the importance of looking for (and seeing) opportunities in every crisis. As an innovative 21st century leader, we need to find ways to support and improve our business. Here are some ways in which pandemics can help me:
It’s almost topical at the moment, but the Covid-19 pandemic opened our eyes to find out how productive workers can be while working remotely. Of course, more self-discipline and unprecedented communication processes were developed to improve interaction and productivity. Cloud-based collaboration platforms such as Microsoft Teams or GoToMeeting, which were originally used for geographically dispersed organizations, became essential for out-of-office staff.
The pandemic helped us discover new processes and communication systems that allow our staff to work remotely on international projects. Examples of this are remote control rooms for industrial facilities. These operating control rooms allow us to work remotely in a mine without having to be there. These new systems and communication processes helped us to improve the internal communications of the organization. Our communications are now easier, more deliberate, and clearer because of the unique problem created by Covid.
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I think Covid accelerated the migration of the business world to the cloud, and in particular laid the groundwork for technology companies to create some truly revolutionary tools. We’ve already mentioned remote work, but we’ve seen great progress in online shopping, robotic shipping, and even streaming entertainment. In the mining industry, we are seeing an increase in trends in drone use, data collection, automated vehicles, digital twins, and artificial intelligence. We have also seen the development of significant new e-learning tools to continuously educate our employees and keep them at the forefront of the latest innovations. An interesting part? These are technologies that have grown by leaps and bounds during the pandemic.
Re-emphasize natural resources
Domestic energy consumption increased dramatically during the pandemic, which led to a renewed interest in mining results. Even as we saw the peak of demand, people saw the vital need that the mining industry meets in their daily lives. We’ve seen delays in every layer of the supply chain, and that’s no different for mining, but the pandemic opened the eyes of many people to the importance of raw materials for their lives.
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We need hobbies
Covid has forced us to go back to basics in many interesting ways. We saw the beginning of the Great Resignation, for example, where people began to leave their jobs en masse because of various opportunities or necessarily out of a pandemic life. People who work from home began to see the daily lives of their co-workers intimately, and many of us had more time and opportunities to spend time with our families.
One thing I realized is how important it is to find an engaging hobby. When we start to get tired of the endless weeks at home, the only thing that keeps us healthy sometimes is that new and fun skill that we are trying to master.
Committed leadership is key
Overcoming difficult times was an exercise in leadership more than anything else. We needed to believe in our employees, our strategy, our business and maintain a positive front in the management team. From the point of view of “we can”, it was easy to find creative solutions to problems. Another helpful change in mindset was planning for change. When you expect changes to occur, managing them is much easier.
The key to victory from Covid’s jaws was to use fear and uncertainty to motivate us to get the best out of our teams. The only thing that is certain is that we live in a safe world, and the Covid-19 pandemic helped us to take that.