As the “Queen of the Skies” retires – where does nostalgia sit during the pandemic?
The first time I flew on the 747 Jumbo Jet was in 1991. I was sick with excitement as this would fulfil a couple of firsts. One, my first visit to the USA, and, as it was a business trip I was not going to be travelling economy – I was flying “Club”.
I wore a business suit. There was no stripping down to your essentials as my trip to Chicago was before the horrendous 9/11 attacks and you could walk through security fully clothed. The Club Lounge was very glamorous. There was no wi-fi. I did that rare and amazing thing, I spoke to my fellow passengers instead.
So, it was with an element of sadness I heard BA’s announcement that they would be retiring their whole fleet of Boeing 747s with immediate effect.
The modern more efficient and cheaper twin-engine models such as the Boeing Dreamliner and Airbus A350 had ushered in a new era.
Pioneers of the skies
Like everything in life the Boeing 747 vision had involved many teams along the way. From the engineers, aircraft designers through to the test pilots and support staff.
Each was committed to delivering the new aviation dream and sharing a common goal – building the best.
The glory went to Captain Douglas Redrup to take control of the inaugural flight with his highly qualified, professional and immaculately tailored team behind him.
Months of discussion, listening, training and sharing experiences got the Jumbo off the ground and ensured its success.
But like everything in life – progress and change are inevitable.
The impact of COV-ID 19
Since the start of the year familiar and much loved brands have disappeared, or are struggling.
Furloughed staff are worried about their future and anxious to be involved in their company’s future plans.
Many organisations are in financial distress and do not know the best way to re-engage, re-energise and motivate their staff.
But move ahead we all must – this is no time for nostalgia for the past. Engaging with your employees is business essential. And doing it NOW is critical.
How Engage & Grow can help
As lockdown restrictions are being lifted and businesses encouraged to return their employees to work, Engage & Grow’s programmes have been adapted to work within social distancing governance.
Also, all Engage & Grow’s employee engagement, leadership and cultural change programmes remain effective and have lasting impact when using zoom video conferencing. Why?
Because none of the core principles of exciting teams with engaged minds, fast tracking leadership potential, achieving business goals and inspiring others – have been lost. Zoom online engagement produces the right result if delivered properly.
If you are curious to see how you can get your team re-engaged after lockdown and the steps you can put in place NOW to smooth this transition to the ‘new norm’. Let’s arrange a call so I can help you with some ideas and strategies
I am confident it will be a great investment of your time