Christmas stress

So, Denmark is defacto closed down again due to Covid-19.

Quelle surprise.

And just in time for the Christmas holidays?!

Or maybe not given that obviously a lot of people were caught off guard yesterday evening when scrambling to malls to get the last presents before same malls with only a few hours notice closed until early in the new year.

That will be a potential infection bomb, but I digress.

Over the last few weeks, I have had the discussion with many about how to get the Christmas presents under the tree this year.

Black Friday showed us that ecommerce was not the safe bet due to delivery issues, so I told people to head to the stores and get what they needed in good time.

Also in relation to potential new Covid-19 restrictions: Get it organized while you can.

I hate it when I am right about something like this, but what can you do?

At the end of the day nothing beats a Christmas present you actually have in your hands and can check off your list as one less stressful thing to worry about versus something that are more or less lost in the mail.

Now we’re in a Catch 22 of sorts:

Ecommerce has had – and still has, I suppose – quite huge issues with logistics, and there are very little big stores to get anything from in a physical sense.

I feel for you.

What to do? Dunno. But it’s time to get creative.

And while your busy figuring your Plan H (or whatever letter in the alphabet you have reached about now) out in order to be ready for the joyous night, ponder the fact that for all the digitalization we cherish and bet our farms on, it still comes down to physical factors;

Being able to actually get the things you want. In your hands.

It’s very old school, I know, but at the end it’s what matters. No matter the fancy tech.

Nothing is stronger than the weakest link.

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The daunting 1st prototype

The last week or so I have been busy building the first simple prototype of our upcoming app – a pre-MVP – for the MedTech startup, we’re working on getting off the ground. We will be getting it out there to get early feedback just after Christmas.

It is a daunting process.

Not only is it daunting to try to find the different pieces that when stitched together could form a somewhat crude but credible first go at what we will initially be trying to bring to market to create value for patients.

No, the most daunting part is that youre airing your idea(s) and inviting feedback from real potential users. And doing so full knowing that they can throw whatever they want in the form of feedback and criticism against you.

The prospects of getting feedback from people – or worse yet; hearing nothing at all because no-one will try it out – is so excruciating it can be a real challenge to push that ‘Publish’ button and get it out there.

But there is just no way around it;

If you never launch anything – not even a very crude, embarrasing prototype – you will by definition have failed completely.

So, reversely, by just getting something out there for people to provide feedback on is infinitely better and an infinitely greater step towards any kind of potential future success.

So just do it.

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Corona thoughts, part 9

So, we’re back in Covid-19 territory. The numbers are going up in the greater Copenhagen area and as such many have been requested to go back to working from home, not meeting physically etc.

It was a pain the last time. And it’s a pain again. But for me a different kind of pain.

First of all, I am much more aware of what is required to me to function well and ‘keep the light on’ this time around than I was the last time. So I am addament to make sure that the impact of the new restrictions will be as lightweight as possible for me, the team and the schedule, we’re on.

Which brings me to the second point: The team and the schedule. Because here there is a stark difference between then and now:

Back then we were very much in the preliminary planning phase with our new venture. Now, we’re hard at work to make it happen. We have milestones to meet, things to do, tasks to get crossed of our list.

And the last thing we need is for Covid-19 restrictions to put any sort of potential break on that.

That also makes it more stressful than the last time. Because this time there is not a feeling that potentially, we could just ‘wait it out’. This time we need to remain focused, get the job done and move along on our journey all while we observe the restrictions. That’s a big difference.

I realize that for many this was also indeed the case the first time around, and I am full of awe of how people and businesses have handled it across the board.

For me the situation now is somewhat new, but that others have gone before and succeeded gives me the confidence that our team will as well.

So thank you for setting an inspiring example to look up to.

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Corona thoughts, Part 6

A lot of people are busy talking about how the current pandemic and the lockdown will change the way we live and the way we work going forward.

Focusing on the latter, some people suggest that the time of the office hours is dead, and that more people will be working remotely from hereon, because it is so much more efficient.

A word of caution: Don’t use the behaviour during times of great stress to extrapolate what will happen, when things get back to something resembling a normal situation again. People are right now fighting from a distance for their businesses and their next paycheck. That may seem like a lot of efficience but in reality it is just stress with extra stress and in no way something that is sustainable for the longer term.

All leaders thinking the opposite will – by and large and with a few exceptions to cement the rule – in the long term have a hard time recruiting anybody since through their actions they have shown a complete disregard for the human needs that is also part of what enables us as workers to do a great job.

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