THE FUTURE IS IN OUR HANDS – LET’S MAKE SURE WE WASH THEM

LEADERSHIP IN A TIME OF CRISIS.

There is one remarkable book that can help us in these challenging times.

It is very well known, although the actual book it refers to is probably not widely read by many people in this, or any other galaxy.

It has been compared to our earthly equivalent of the Encyclopedia Britannica (the direct comparator is the Encyclopedia Galactica), and whilst recognised as having many omissions, and at times being wildly inaccurate, it is regarded as having two distinct advantages.

The first is that it is slightly cheaper than its competition; but its prime advantage is that it has the words DON’T PANIC inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover.

If you had not recognized this book by the second paragraph, you will now nod in appreciation of one of the finest science fiction books of all time – the HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY – a book of wit, humor and zaniness and at times, elusive wisdom.

The other reference to make in this regard is why is 42 regarded as the answer to the question, of what is the meaning of life?

At times like this, many of us will be questioning many aspects which we once found to be more certain than they are now.

One off-the-wall analysis is that 42 is the alphanumerical sum of “To Be”. T is the 20th letter of the alphabet. O is the 15th letter, B is the 2nd and E is the 5th letter of the alphabet. 20 + 15 + 2 + 5 = 42

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is viewed by some as a modern-day retelling of a Tibetan Buddhist tale of a man’s trials and tribulations in his search for the meaning of life.

What is the meaning of life? To be.

So, what does that all mean, and how is it related to COVID-19, and what can we do.

Well, first of all DON’T PANIC!

This is not intended as a complacent slogan, and does not say DON’T IGNORE, but essentially this is a time for cool and calm heads, and above all leadership and responsibility.

Many of you will be lawyers, or closely involved in the legal sector, and in positions of leadership and responsibility. We all have the training and the ability to reflect, analyse and reach opinions, and even the correct conclusion. Many of us who supply the legal sector have those same qualities and are used to working in a calm and thoughtful environment.

Over the last few weeks, there has been significant effort invested by all concerned in this sector to establish home-based working environments, and many of those calm skills have come to be very important, in this strange period of change.

We have utilized many of our experiences in providing our colleagues, customers and clients with the secure platform upon which we can continue to deliver our expertise to them, and it is to be hoped that this will be recognised by those private and corporate clients we act for. Those clients are the very ones that are now being given amazing and unprecedented support by our government and being recognised as the fundamental lifeblood of our economy and our national income, and our future.

Our role in this is to continue to be who we are.

We need to demonstrate calm and resolute leadership in helping provide the support that people need.

We need to portray a confidence in the face of uncertainty, and we need to, not only remember the words on the cover of that book, but also to help those around us to heed those words.

It’s not exactly a Dad’s Army moment, though – “Don’t panic, Captain Mainwaring” – even if it does feel a bit like a wartime environment.

However, we are not at war, and bombs are not falling on us. It’s an exceptionally unpleasant and virulent issue, and one that with calmness and leadership and experience will be overcome.

We can’t cancel 2020, (ha – who would have suggested that idea) but we can make it a year of positive significance by our attitudes and help mitigate the potential damage.

The future is in our hands – and we’ve been told to keep them clean.

Martyn Best, Document Direct

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