As I am sure for everyone else, Covid brought some very new challenges. In the chapter “Plan” in Extreme Leadership, Jocko speaks on the importance of planning and being prepared. The entire time all I could think about is my situation at work.
During covid, my job shifted into a operations/support staff role. We were here to help anyone with the plans to bring K-12 students back to campus. My team and I were to learn and keep updated on the rules and regulations the governor implemented and help execute. Our district was much different than others and chose to stay virtual till this month. We had planned on coming back many times, but due to the increased numbers in Covid cases, we had to remain 100% virtual. My team and I have stretched our planning skills. I never knew planning for the unknown was so hard and exhausting. There were periods we would find ourselves planning for 4-5 different scenarios. Once we had all those figured out, there would be some minor shift, and it was back to the drawing board.
Covid gave us the ability to learn, work together and grow our expertise in the situation. Now I can look at all the angles at the drop of a hat. Now, when presented with a problem 90% of the time, we have already considered it.
What I found the most helpful in this journey was being able to ask for advice. Having the ability to take something I worked so hard on and then allow another professional to tear it all to pieces potentially. I have to admit. This was hard at first. I often poured so much time into the work only to have one little thing thrown off completely. But once the shock of that was over, I now welcome the feedback. I want to make my work the best I can, and collaboration is a great way to take something and make it even better.
Willink, J., & Babin, L. (2017). Extreme ownership: how U.S. Navy SEALs lead and win. Second edition. New York: St. Martin’s Press.