Posted by : Posted on : 09-Oct-2020

Turning Crisis into Opportunities in Our Post Pandemic World

I first went to Singapore in late 1959 when the troopship I was travelling on stopped there briefly en route to Hong Kong where I was posted as a young military policeman.

Years later, I turned to Singapore for community policing assistance and was extremely appreciative of the help given by the then Commissioner of the Singapore Police Force, Mr.Koo Boon Hui, who arranged for several senior police officers from the Solomon Islands, including the then Deputy Commissioner, to travel to both Singapore and Japan to undergo an intensive training programme in community policing.

Since those early years I have always kept abreast of the developments in Singapore and admired the many achievements the country has made, especially in technological advances and forward thinking.

It is in the context of forward thinking that I have seen moves by Singaporean academics to begin planning for a post Covid world and to plan for the �new normal.�

Borrowing the words from a current initiative programme under way in Singapore, it struck me as to how the Solomon Islands was preparing for the post pandemic world.

I will quote what I recently read and wait to see how the leaders and organizations in the Solomon Islands rise to the undoubted challenges that lie ahead.


�We are living in�unprecedentedtimes. There are significant uncertainty surrounds what the �new normal� could look like beyond the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has disrupted every aspect of our lives � our lifestyles, our livelihoods; even threaten our existence and survival.� Never have we been subjected to the feelings of adverse fear, anxiety, and uncertainty.�The world we knew so well, has been drastically changed by the outbreak of Covid-19

�The biggest challenge organizations will likely face in recovery is the tension between getting back to work and rethinking work as they embrace a�new reality.�How leaders and organizations handle the recovery may define their careers and organizations.

��The good news is our human brain is dynamic and built to withstand extreme conditions. We can manage the�phases of change�if we understand how to engage practical strategies to regulate our body and mind. By applying scenario thinking, you can better anticipate and adapt to dramatic changes, increase agility and resilience, and turn uncertainty into advantage.�

Yours sincerely

Frank Short

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