Survival Skills for New Abnormal in Post Coronavirus World

Naseem Javed
5 min readApr 25, 2020

The post Coronavirus world is totally abnormal; citizens of the world changed, global economy altered, mind share shifted, political leadership melted, the metamorphosis advanced, our fears on brinks, our emotional endurance on grinders and our skills tested… the survival of our individual existence clearly depends on our balancing acts of critical thinking and accepting new abnormal…

Billions folks given two simple options; body-bags or bankruptcies

Survival Skills for New Abnormal in Post Coronavirus Economic World;

Digitally- minded; The world now fully un-masked fearlessly going extreme digital, e-commerce urgently matured, hyper speed digital platforms shaping new economies for digitally-minded complex problem solvers. This is not about hardcore coding expert but rather understanding how the systems work, like driving a car without being an auto-mechanic. Everything everywhere in commerce will start from a solid digital base, digital thinking and imagination, no business model will survive without block chain AI+AR+VR and mobilization hence a boom to platform centric economies.

Beneficiaries: Those already in complex digital space, outsiders with specials skills but ready to become digital minded on fast track and comfortable in 24x7x365 working models on open to platform economies.

Enemies: Paper based, approval hungry, supervision dependent processing where office politics dominates efficiencies and sluggishness rewarded as steady progress.

Adjustments: Study the differentiation, polish all aspects of your craft apply digital polishing and keep adapting, keep polishing, it will become easier.

Remote-working-friendly; the upper-class working society got the taste of sipping champagne in isolated remote spaces via flat screens. Suddenly, solo-performances finding their own hidden talents with self discovery while interconnected teleconferencing suddenly new fashionable social gathering standards. Conventional corporate performance now may appear as tight rope walking from kitchen to living room fully acceptable replacing acrobats on the boardroom tables. The age of high quality senior level work via remote working arrived with global bang, deep immersions practiced daily. The centricity of downtown cores will lose their superiority and bring mega shifts in value offerings on office spaces.

Beneficiaries: Excellent performers are working remotely as complex problem solvers skipping complex commuting and independent thinkers opening borderless opportunities. Anywhere or everywhere culture makes remote working new status.

Enemies: Bureaucracies where decorum runs procedures, organizations locked with limited imagination unable to explore the national global growth.

Adjustments: Declare 100 days of remote as test pilot project across the organization; create a new bonus system where new ideas and new leads add to new reward pools

Robot-whisperer; The fear of attacked by robots or attacking them angrily for stealing your jobs, now replaced by whispering technologically advanced ideas on automated processing in order to liberate humans to allow them to do their own independent things; higher level thinking and self-discovery. Time to stop unnecessary touching of documents and compilation to arrive approvals now such stages fully robotized. Mankind was not supposed to do laborious things; transformation from raw ‘manpower’ to ‘mentalpower’ is dramatic and creatively freedom-friendly

Beneficiaries: Where automation is faster than rate of change, where lifelong learning deeper as the foundation, where workless future an accepted norm to think better ideas

Enemies: Where incompetency rewarded as established bureaucracy, where silence considered wisdom and where smartness of sorts feared and upskilling a notice of termination.

Adjustments: Create daily sessions on lifelong learning and critical thinking as key topic of day; declare self-discovery basic and complex problems solving a necessity

Entrepreneurialism-wise; There are those who managed lemonade stands in Kindergarten now hardly require a degree in entrepreneurialism, but those whom missed, self discovery will awaken their talent as if a sleeping giant. Remember we are all born entrepreneurs; we slowly lose it to our negative surroundings and culture trying hard to shut us down. Out of box living seriously conflicts with nicely packaged inside the gift boxes nicely scotch taped style living. Time to break the chains and liberated. Study National Mobilization of Entrepreneurialism Protocols for digital platform economies and upskilling for innovative excellence and exportability.

Beneficiaries: The day dreamers, the innovative drifters and crazy developers of ideas, the early risers, late comer to meetings, but happy with difficult challenges and risk takings.

Enemies: Those, whom do not rock the boat, do not speak, do not hear, do not see, just stay on old procedures whatever they are.

Adjustments: Debates on ‘why not’ and long sessions on how make something happen and advanced performance

Cultural-traveler; there are five continents, 200 nations, 5000 languages, 2000 cultures and millennia of history, the terrains, oceans and animals and all thriving with amazing people. Blessed are those who have open minds and souls. The rest are self imprisoned in their own minds lost in the darkness of their own fears. The border-less world of commerce always need colorfully smart; open to diversity, expressive ideas to bounce in global space with national and global collaborations

Beneficiaries: The open minded of the post Coronavirus world, the survivors, the immune, the enlightened and knowledgeable appreciative of humanity and planet.

Enemies: The destructive minds, insecure in search of towers of debts and power hungry in need to prove right all the times

Adjustments: Watch 100 Foreign movies, listen to 100 international songs, 100 cuisines and get lost in the world of connectivity

Constant Exercises:

Make hammock your corner office, the two trees to lean on your two divisions, the land all around your corporate domain and sitting in shade your boardroom. Corporate decorum now eaten up by towers of debts, fake economies and neglected grassroots prosperity; you are now the master of your digital realm, your theater of complex problem solving and your own main street of stardom. Suddenly you are a leader of your own path, your community and your nation needs you now…badly

Stay on Social Media but recognize it as a liability
Watch news but accept it as mostly fakery
Listen to your national leaders but appreciate as they need your help
Listen to the wind, the heart and your mind
They all are hungry for new ideas and calling you
Act, plan, respond, strive, and learn constantly
Rest is easy



Naseem Javed

Naseem Javed is a corporate philosopher, Chairman of Expothon Worldwide; National Mobilization of Entrepreneurialism on Digital Platforms of Upskilling