March 1, 2020: I was so excited to introduce my newly released book, Teamwork 9.0. Having received the first shipment of books on Leap Day, I prepared to spring forward with my book promotion plans.
And then the black swan appeared, and all promotion plans thrown asunder. Now, as I shelter-in-place at home, grateful that my friends and family are symptom-free but bracing for what is likely to come, I find myself cleaning incessantly.
It started with my hands, warm water and soap: lathering, rubbing, scrubbing, twisting, turning, rinsing, repeating and singing Happy Birthday twice.
From there the cleaning compulsion spread to the house: spraying, wiping, sweeping and vacuuming.
When the sun peeks out from behind the clouds. and I peek out the window, the yard draws me out: trimming, weeding, pruning, mowing and raking.
As the stock market crashes and tax deadlines loom: accounting, budgeting, filing, redistributing and reserving.
And my office, long neglected as I buckled down to finish the book: filing, shredding, inbox-clearing, dusting and re-organizing.
Next up—a complete scrubbing of my book launch plans. Where to begin? How about with the main purpose of the book:
Share a novel problem-solving framework that appreciates and promotes the humanity of your problem-solving team.
We are now faced with innumerable new and daunting challenges. The most successful problem-solving efforts will consider the personal dynamics of your problem-solving team. I hope that Teamwork 9.0 can serve as a guide to help teams achieve extraordinary success, exactly when we need it the most.
In the meantime, please stay well, and scrub your hands!