While the pandemic has required shelter-in-place and work-from-home mandates, it has also enabled people of all ages to ramp up quickly and rely on remote learning and online interactions. This has broadened our capacity to learn, train and communicate in new ways, and now is an exciting time to invest in one’s personal and professional growth through online learning opportunities.

A good parent is one driven by love and their desire to make their children feel loved. Giving your children a strong foundation support builds their self-esteem and makes it possible for them to endure life’s ups-and-downs with aplomb. My children are still very young but I hope that the time and effort I’ve put into being there for them and supporting their dreams, has started building a strong -and much needed- foundation with positive sense of self.

Interestingly enough, I see a strong parallel here with how I define the purpose of leading and how I look at parenting. In both cases, we are trying to work ourselves out of a job. As executives, our ultimate aim is to cultivate communities of effort that can thrive without us. This is how we achieve the efficiency and scalability to continue to accept more responsibility or move on to new opportunities.

I believe that creating a growth mindset in your children is very important. I teach them to realize that the future isn’t locked but it always has to do with how much effort you put into things. For example, whenever my son does something good, instead of saying how good he is I’ll say “wow, you practiced a lot to get that good”. Building a growth-mindset matters because everything takes work, and nothing comes for free. My son now knows that if he wants to get good a something, like basketball or skiing, he needs to practice. …

We gave the planet a break. Ozone holes closed, pollution dissipated, animals thrived. Maybe this small blip in the journey of our lives healed our world a bit.

This is a time of a lot of uncertainty that none of us ever expected or imagined. I think many feel that we are stuck in a nightmare and hopefully one morning we will wake up and it will be over. I do believe that this time we have is a good time to reflect on the past and prepare for the future. Keeping these thoughts in mind, it is a good time to spend time with loved ones, which may never come back. …

The coronavirus crisis has essentially been a call to action for innovation around the world. The high stakes of our current circumstances have sparked innovation from all corners, setting a new precedent for both agility and collaboration. From tech giants like Apple and Google putting competition aside to partner on coronavirus tracking, to entrepreneurs and even grassroots organizations mobilizing to help those in need, we’re witnessing the true potential of our global community to address major challenges head on. When the pandemic is behind us, this groundwork can be put to use to help solve other significant challenges in the…

Each of us needs to believe in the goodness of people and take one step at a time while encouraging others to do the same with positivity. Put one foot in front of the other every day thereby making the next day better than the previous one. As a leader I try to do one good thing each day, regardless of whether it is big or small, it is important. As we emerge from this pandemic, we will also see that our belief in the goodness of people will be stronger. This crisis too shall pass.

… we are a resilient people, and we usually come out of these tough times stronger than when we went in. We take stock of what’s important and pursue those paths. I know it’s tough out there, and so many people are fighting battles on multiple fronts with loss of loved ones, loss of jobs, loss of status, and a ton of uncertainty. We are getting through this, and we are coming out the other side, so it’s important that you are running to something vs. running from something. …

Globally, humans are demonstrating an unprecedented level of cooperation in fighting a common threat. If we take nothing else from COVID-19, we should remember that humans are willing to make substantial individual sacrifices in order to help people they do not know and will never meet. If we can apply this level of unified focus and dedication to other global problems, there is no telling what we can achieve.

Dr. Ely Weinschneider, Psy.D.

Psychologist and Relationship Expert

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