This may be a bit more incoherent than usual today.
I have a foggy brain, a stuffy nose, and body aches. That’s right – a common cold. Not unusual, you think, but it really is for me. Since I stopped commuting to work and flying all over the place, I’ve been sick exactly one other time. That’s right – one cold in five years (until now).
I’m not sure where I got it although I was in a lot more large crowds over the last week than normal. Maybe the guy with whom I slapped palms at the Springsteen show last week had a cold. Maybe it was someone I greeted at the wedding we attended. Maybe it was someone I was near at the market. Who knows? However, it’s good business point.
You can’t (and don’t want to) avoid interacting with other people. I’m not sure how you do business without doing so. However, it turns out about 80% of contagious diseases are transmitted by touch. That’s right – the best protection from the common cold and flu is frequent hand washing.
Our businesses run the risk of infection – something that disrupts their normal functioning – if we don’t take the time to make sure they’re “clean” – that we’re not off-track, that the team is all in sync, and that the contact with outsiders hasn’t done something to disrupt that. Think of staff meetings or check-ins with your team as a good hand scrubbing. That sort of communication can prevent a lot of what ails many businesses.
Now I’m going back to bed. After I wash my hands….