Coping well with the demands of the new normal
WHAT MATTERS MOST - Atty. Josephus B. Jimenez (The Freeman) - June 29, 2020 - 12:00am

As Alvin Toffler wrote four decades ago, in his visionary triad of great bestsellers Future Shock, The Third Wave, and Powershift, the dizzying velocity of changes today can either make us prosperous, famous and iconic, or lead to our elimination in the new VUCA world of volatility, unpredictability, complexity, and ambiguity.

I reject the possibility of being eliminated or being left behind in today's digital jungles, where only the fittest survive. As a baby boomer, having lived in the world being constantly inundated by waves of change for seven decades, I have learned to fight my way in very exacting times. I opted to glide and ride over the surges where the deluge of technological innovations is always bringing about multiple tsunami waves of changes each day. I am now using Zoom, Viber, Twitter, and Facebook. I even have my new YouTube channel where, in less than a week, 300 of my friends visited, liked, and subscribed.

I am conducting my classes in UE College of Law and in San Beda Alabang School of Law via Zoom and Canvas and I communicate with my students, deans, and fellow Law professors via digital platforms. This is very interesting because there are issues on how university administrators monitor our faithful adherence to the protocols and the standards for academic excellence, not to mention the Supreme Court requirements and the Legal Education Board policies. Nonetheless, we are able to cope, and we are doing well. There are more than 40 students regularly attending, we take pictures after each class, and we submit them to the deans.

And I conduct my webinars for my partner organizations and institutions via Zoom. For the People Management Association of the Philippines, I conducted a free learning session on how to do business under the new normal and still maintain a decent and professional relationship with DOLE and NLRC. For my own affiliation in HR Team Asia and HR Management Business Solutions Inc., I am conducting a 14-episode free webinar on labor, employee, and industrial relations. These are all for free, serving the business community and the HR professional as my help to make the economy cope with the crisis. Life is not just about money, there is satisfaction in helping people and supporting others in this time of great challenges.

Every Monday evening, for 36 Mondays, I am giving a Bar review class to graduates and currently enrolled seniors of the University of the Visayas' Gullas Law School, and I do this not for financial gain. This is pure and unadulterated pro bono services, for love of my alma mater. A time to give back and pay forward and backward. I was the 2019 UV Alumni Association centennial president and I organized the GAHOM or Grand Alumni Homecoming with my fellow officers who worked with me with the support of the Gullas Family. And we conferred mostly by digital means. There are simply so many positive things we can do, instead of negative criticisms, maligning others, and posting comments that only create confusion, hurt feelings, and factionalism.

After all is said and done, when there is an accounting between gains and losses out of the COVID-19 crisis, I will be one of those who will gladly declare, with a feeling of success and gratitude, that I am coping well with the barrage of challenges. I am not afraid of technology. Unlike other seniors, I ask my children to teach me all digital applications, and I am learning much. This is the way to live. If you cannot change the directions of the winds, we have to adjust our sails. I have discovered the secret door to happiness

Coping well with the demands of the new normal

WHAT MATTERS MOST

Atty. Josephus B. Jimenez

 

As Alvin Toffler wrote four decades ago, in his visionary triad of great bestsellers Future Shock, The Third Wave, and Powershift, the dizzying velocity of changes today can either make us prosperous, famous and iconic, or lead to our elimination in the new VUCA world of volatility, unpredictability, complexity, and ambiguity.

I reject the possibility of being eliminated or being left behind in today's digital jungles, where only the fittest survive. As a baby boomer, having lived in the world being constantly inundated by waves of change for seven decades, I have learned to fight my way in very exacting times. I opted to glide and ride over the surges where the deluge of technological innovations is always bringing about multiple tsunami waves of changes each day. I am now using Zoom, Viber, Twitter, and Facebook. I even have my new YouTube channel where, in less than a week, 300 of my friends visited, liked, and subscribed.

I am conducting my classes in UE College of Law and in San Beda Alabang School of Law via Zoom and Canvas and I communicate with my students, deans, and fellow Law professors via digital platforms. This is very interesting because there are issues on how university administrators monitor our faithful adherence to the protocols and the standards for academic excellence, not to mention the Supreme Court requirements and the Legal Education Board policies. Nonetheless, we are able to cope, and we are doing well. There are more than 40 students regularly attending, we take pictures after each class, and we submit them to the deans.

And I conduct my webinars for my partner organizations and institutions via Zoom. For the People Management Association of the Philippines, I conducted a free learning session on how to do business under the new normal and still maintain a decent and professional relationship with DOLE and NLRC. For my own affiliation in HR Team Asia and HR Management Business Solutions Inc., I am conducting a 14-episode free webinar on labor, employee, and industrial relations. These are all for free, serving the business community and the HR professional as my help to make the economy cope with the crisis. Life is not just about money, there is satisfaction in helping people and supporting others in this time of great challenges.

Every Monday evening, for 36 Mondays, I am giving a Bar review class to graduates and currently enrolled seniors of the University of the Visayas' Gullas Law School, and I do this not for financial gain. This is pure and unadulterated pro bono services, for love of my alma mater. A time to give back and pay forward and backward. I was the 2019 UV Alumni Association centennial president and I organized the GAHOM or Grand Alumni Homecoming with my fellow officers who worked with me with the support of the Gullas Family. And we conferred mostly by digital means. There are simply so many positive things we can do, instead of negative criticisms, maligning others, and posting comments that only create confusion, hurt feelings, and factionalism.

After all is said and done, when there is an accounting between gains and losses out of the COVID-19 crisis, I will be one of those who will gladly declare, with a feeling of success and gratitude, that I am coping well with the barrage of challenges. I am not afraid of technology. Unlike other seniors, I ask my children to teach me all digital applications, and I am learning much. This is the way to live. If you cannot change the directions of the winds, we have to adjust our sails. I have discovered the secret door to happiness.

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