Perspectives on a Future With COVID-19

By Linda Fisher Thornton

Due to the uncertainty and constant change we’re experiencing during the pandemic, every organization should be considering how to adapt to multiple COVID-19 scenarios. Global futurists have already provided us with a variety of possible global scenarios to use in our planning.

Based on data and global input, these robust scenarios will help us prepare for foreseeable outcomes. While we can’t “plan” in the traditional sense, we can imagine possible futures and how the work we do will be impacted by them.

Each organization on the list below provides a unique perspective on possible futures with COVID-19. The formats include a video overview, map and reports. Review these scenarios with your teams and answer the critical questions that follow.

Scenarios For a Future With COVID-19:

Scenarios Video, Institute For the Future

Pandemic Map, Institute For the Future

COVID-19 Scenarios, The Millennium Project

How COVID-19 is Changing the World: A Statistical Perspective, United Nations Statistics Division

Ask your team to help you answer the following questions:

  • How will we need to reimagine what we consider to be our “success” in each scenario?
  • How can we adapt our work to thrive in each possible scenario?
  • Where are our greatest risks and what can we do now to reduce them?

We could guess what’s going to happen, but we don’t need to. Hard-working global futurists have already done the work. Let’s use what they’ve learned to help us navigate the coming year.

5 Questions For Leaders Seeking Insight In The New Year


By Linda Fisher Thornton

Many thanks to Leading in Context friends and followers for a wonderful 2015.  I appreciate your active involvement in the movement – special thanks to all who shared posts, posted comments and let me know what they wanted to learn more about. I am grateful for the global conversation about the positive leadership we need for a better future.

This New Year, as we head into 2016, I urge you to reach for Insight.

Insight is much deeper than observation, and it can mean a variety of powerful and life-changing things:

  • An understanding of “the inner nature of things” (Wikipedia, Insight)
  • An “aha moment” when things make sense and seem clear
  • Discovering a simple solution to a long-standing problem
  • Achieving a sudden and profound understanding of our own capabilities and challenges
  • Getting a glimpse of who we could be at our very best

Insight is especially important in leadership. Without it, we may cling to outdated notions of the purpose of leadershipWith it, we may inspire many others to do great things.

Insight is especially important now because we are leading in a time of information overload. Without it, we can miss the deeper meaning. With it, we can help others see beyond the flashy messages to the values that matter.

This year, aim high, striving to be a leader who helps others achieve insight and who brings out the best in people, organizations and communities.

Ask Your Team These 5 Questions:

  1. How directly do we contribute to our organization’s mission, and how can we transform our mindset and approach to support it more deeply?
  2. What routine tasks could we automate or eliminate so that we can spend time on what really matters?
  3. How could we help our organization move from a focus on the week or the quarter to a focus on its impact over the next hundred years?
  4. How well are we honoring all 7 Lenses of Ethical Leadership in our decision making and actions? (See this video for an introduction to the 7 Lenses and this Manifesto that explains the thinking process behind the 7 Lenses framework)
  5. What is one thing that we could improve that would take our work to a higher level of positive impact in the organization, the community and the world?

Leaders, make it a priority to reach past the noise and past day-to-day pressures. Seek Insight in 2016.

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Prepare Your Leaders For Ethical Leadership Future – Help Them Learn To See Through The 7 Lenses®. 

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©2016 Leading in Context LLC

Ethical Thinking: 5 Questions to Ponder for the New Year

Ethical Thinking in the New Year. Tree With Bench by Water.As we approach the New Year, it is a great time to consider the broader implications of our leadership behavior and decisions. Here are 5 questions to ponder and a bonus question with a story.

Better Business Ethics in the New Year

1.  How will we stop judging others based on our assumptions about them?

2.  How will we engage employees in the process of creating more ethical companies?

3. How will we shake off old assumptions that no longer serve us well?

4. How will we deliver learning in the context of our current business challenges?

5. How will we re-imagine our positive impact on people, communities, societies and our global community?

Bonus Question (With a Story)

Can we ethically commoditize natural resources that we all depend on to sustain life?

The Story:    Apparently a Woman in Spain Now Owns the Sun



For more, see Linda’s book 7 Lenses and the 21 Question Assessment: How Current is My Message About Ethics?
  7 Lenses is a Bronze Axiom Business Book Award Winner in Business Ethics41cEVx-Tu4L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_
  2014 Axiom Business Book Award Winner 
  About 7 Lenses  @leadingincontxt  @7Lenses

© 2011 Leading in Context LLC 

Leadership Resolutions for 2010

There are many forces making it difficult for good leaders to succeed.

Increasing Pace of Work, Volatile Economic Times,  Constant Change, Employees Seeking Meaningful Work, Leaner Staffing…

Which leaders will successfully work through these problems in the new year? The ones that:

Work Smarter, Balance Work and Home Life, Use Systems Thinking to Solve Problems, Engage Employees in Improving Work,  Make it Safe for Employees to Share Ideas and Concerns, Trust Others, Are Honest, Caring and Trustworthy…

There is a lot to get right, and we need to continually practice and improve as leaders to continue to meet the increasing pressures of the work world.

Here is an article about getting your leadership in shape for the New Year – leadership challenge blog.  Check out DDI’S Top 10 Talent Management Resolutions for 2010 – DDI Top 10 Talent Management Resolutions. Stephen M. R. Covey’s article How the Best Leaders Build Trust will get you focused on using behaviors that build trust in the New Year.  When you are ready to see how you’re doing, check out Tom Peters 50 Have Yous.  Above all, be sure to remember that Leadership Isn’t About You, per Marshall Goldsmith.

Lead Well in the New Year!

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For more, see Linda’s book 7 Lenses and the 21 Question Assessment: How Current is My Message About Ethics?
  7 Lenses is a Bronze Axiom Business Book Award Winner in Business Ethics41cEVx-Tu4L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_
  2014 Axiom Business Book Award Winner 
  About 7 Lenses  @leadingincontxt  @7Lenses

© 2009 Leading in Context LLC 

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