AVT- After Vaccine Thinking. What is the cost of waiting until after we and our constituents receive the vaccine to resume ‘normal’ operations? What opportunities might we miss by not considering fundamental changes to way we deliver our services? Is the idea of adapt or be irrelevant more relevant in a pandemic? How much growth has happened organically, even if we adopted a survival posture?

February 2020, I flew between Denver and Boise. The passenger seated next to me sat down and coughed ceaseless for the entire flight. My strategy was to offer a cough drop, which was declined. My secondary defense was to keep my face pointed towards the window, direct the vented forced air flow between us, and washed my hands when I got off the plane. Since COVID, I posses a far more robust strategy of germ fighting techniques. I am far more prepared to respond in an environment which includes an unhealthy seat mate. If I assume After Vaccine Thinking, I may act with outdated techniques that are no longer relevant.

What pandemic influenced conversations matter for your cause? Why not assemble those questions and create room to scaffold a response? After Vaccine Thinking is going to be encounter the present day sooner than we realize.

Keep Hope Alive


The most underrated but essential task of a leader in a moment of disruption might be to maintain optimism and create a vision for the future. As a former Firefighter/EMT, it was so easy to get caught up in the incident. Flames draw focus. Damaged vehicles venting coolants after an off-set head-on collision brings a swarm of activity. On the scene, everything is trained on the incident. A leader is thinking about managing the crisis and also the care and well-being of the rest of the community. Therefore, the department does not dispatch all the rigs to the call. A few firefighters are left on standby at the station, prepared to respond to the next call, ready with the gear, and focus on being present to another set of needs.

In our work today, it has to be more than just a response to the Coronavirus pandemic. There is also an anxiety pandemic, economic recession, shelter and food crisis, unemployment, and many other casualties. What we are seeking is individuals who can assist with the immediate needs while providing hope that the future (even if it is different) will be worth the journey we are navigating.