S2 E50 — 5 Fundamental Uncertainties

How will our world unfold on the other side of this pandemic?  Back to normal? Or something entirely different?

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:Certain ideas stir up uncomfortable feelings of insecurity — an efficient phenomenon you can get excited about, because it brings you to the precise thing you can work on to get strong.” Cancer

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 50 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Experiment” on this 22nd day of May in the spring of 2020.  

Season 1 and 2 are a two-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic and then in this unfolding pandemic year.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E49Navigating Waves of Disruption When You’ve Lost Your Bearings ; S2 E48 Tracking Millennials from One Resort to Another; S2 E4727 Adventure Regions for Your Remote-Working Bucket List

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E50The Bias Brothers or Just Plain Losers?; S1 E49Magnetize the Version You Imagine; S1 E48Holiday TauBit Trumps Funk; S1 E47Day 47 of My 1-Year Experiment


More from the introduction to “The world remade by COVID-19 Scenarios for resilient leaders | 3-5 years.” 

As the COVID-19 pandemic began to sweep across the globe, some of the world’s best-known scenario thinkers came together to explore different ways the unfolding crisis might play out—and what its effects could be on businesses and societies around the world. 

Yesterday I listed the context within the pandemic future may be shaped in the near and long-term with Deloitte and Salesforce’s list of 19 uncertainties.

One of their basic questions they ask, and we all are probably asking now is, what will change based on what’s happening now before our eyes?

Under a heading I feel is so descriptive, “A World Remade” they build the case for how this pandemic is a global crisis which is unlike any other we can remember.  

If you go anywhere outside of your pod you know frontline workers, health care workers and researchers have been taking measures to slow the spread.

But, now they say more than a billion people around the globe can no longer lead a “normal” life.

Can we say with any certainty how the virus will infect and spread and what as a consequence the pandemic will leave as a mark on societies?


Somewhat reassuring, the authors and collaborators believe the pandemic will end.  But, will life return to “normal” and if not, then what?

Their purpose for their report is to: 

    • Explore how trends we see during the pandemic could shape what the world may look like in the long term 
    • Have productive conversations around the lasting implications and impacts of the crisis 
    • Identify decisions and actions that will improve resilience to the rapidly changing landscape 
    • Move beyond “recovering” from the crisis and toward “thriving” in the long run

Now, then are the top 5 “fundamental uncertainties” they explore.  

    1. Just how severe is the pandemic and how will it spread?  
    2. Will countries collaborate with each other?
    3. Is the health care system up to the challenge? 
    4. What are the economic consequences of the crisis? 
    5. Are we in this together or will the crisis response divide us further?


Wow, how do you start getting your head wrapped around the challenge?  It seems daunting, to say the least!

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:Certain ideas stir up uncomfortable feelings of insecurity — an efficient phenomenon you can get excited about, because it brings you to the precise thing you can work on to get strong.” Cancer

Nobody enjoys facing such a high degree of uncertainty, doubt and fear about their future.  At least trying to find your bearings within the context of Deloitte and Salesforce’ work may help in your navigation.

“4”Steve Kerr, 54:There are things about yourself you cannot change, and things you can absolutely change. Knowing the difference is a key to happiness. You’ll be inclined to work on yourself. The best work you can do is around acceptance.” Libra

Yup, there’s shock, and bargaining.  There’s anger and resentment.  There’s resistance, but then there’s adaption and accommodation.  Resilience eventually leads to thriving instead of barely surviving if you learn to anticipate.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: People don’t have to agree with you in order to be your friend. You have plenty of friends you don’t agree with. The manner in which you disagree — with respect, tact and diplomacy — is an agent of trust and bonding.” Sagittarius

And, I noticed in yesterday’s list of 19 critical uncertainties that trust showed up in two categories — “Levels of societal trust” and “Levels of trust in political systems” — are they so intertwined that trust will weigh heavily on the shape of the “new normal” in a post-pandemic world?

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): You’re not trying to be competitive or show anyone up. But as you follow your heart, you gain insights, skills and other qualities that make the people around you want to up their game.” Pisces

So let’s hope so, so degrees of trust — and truthiness — increase as we all up our games.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 2663 to 2839.




    • Saw the movie, didn’t realize that one of my favorite authors, Michael Connelly — his detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch book series and Amazon Prime series — also wrote, “The Lincoln Lawyer” which I just finished. Gotta tell you I can’t not see his lead character (Mickey Haller, Bosch’s half brother) as anyone else but Matthew McConaughey. 

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate


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