Dear Colleagues, Clients and Friends –
As I write to you, we find ourselves tumbling through a dizzying cascade of global events. COVID-19 has not released its grasp on humanity ̶ in fact, the worldwide pandemic seems to be deepening its hold.
While the virus is receding in some countries hit hardest earlier this year, there are now over 100,000 new cases every single day. In the U.S., the situation appears to be spinning out of control, with infection rates surging in over 39 states and the death toll over 130,000.
As economic damage ripples across America, we’re living in a whiplash world. States such as California, Texas and Arizona that opened up weeks ago, are shutting parts of their states back down, imperiling businesses and adding new challenges for school districts and universities, some of which have already announced they are not re-opening this year.
Rising up amongst this uncertainty is one of the most important social justice movements of our time, Black Lives Matter, driving protestors into the streets to express their anger and address the ongoing disenfranchisement of minorities and people of color.
With these many narratives surging, you can be forgiven if you’ve forgotten which way is up.
We’re not living in the ‘old normal’, and we’re clearly not in the ‘new normal’. We’re living in the ‘now normal’.
The Now Normal is a state of constant change. It is a place where leaders have no firm foundations to stand upon, nor handrails, nor guideposts of any kind. In the Now Normal, adaptation is the theme as we all learn how to discover a middle path between being open for business or in quarantine.
And, to top all of this off, the U.S. election is set to take place in November, and the uncertainty created by the result will defer political solutions off until next year at the earliest.
Across all our offices around the world, our clients are asking for our best counsel on surviving, and even thriving, in the Now Normal. And to this end, I wanted to share some of my top insights on the road ahead:
I speak for all of the Global Partners when I say that, despite the uncertainties all around us, we’ve never been more proud to lead this great agency, to work with each of you, and to be of service to some of the best brands in the world. In the weeks and months ahead, we’ll be rolling up our sleeves, again, to help our clients find success in the Now Normal.
If there is anything I can do to address any of your concerns, please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also sign up to receive our weekly newsletter, “Emerging Stronger” to learn how we can help you during this time.
Meanwhile, please stay safe and well.