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Career Services Update

Hollywood, Holes & Hope H

ollywood and Wolfman never stood a chance. Viper took them down and left them wondering where the threat came from (and where it went). And in true “life mimics art” fashion, Covid-19 caught some of us looking in one direction while it hit us from the other. Individuals, families, groups, and organizations were all impacted in their own way, and likely have learned a lot about themselves during this time. While the memory of the past 60+ days will be with us for the foreseeable future, this feels like the perfect “Thirty Seconds. opportunity We went like this, he went like that. to reflect I said to Hollywood, ‘Where’d he go?!’ on both the Hollywood says, ‘Where’d who go?!’” challenges Wolfman | Top Gun we have faced and the creative ways we solved them. I start that reflection today as I look back at the lessons learned, and my next post will look forward towards my hope for the “New Normal.” Keith Soriano, PGA is a PGA Career Services Consultant serving the Colorado, Utah and Nebraska Sections. He can be reached at (720) 841-1006 or ksoriano@ pgahq.com.

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In this role, I’ve spent the last two months speaking to hundreds of people about their experiences, challenges, and responses to those challenges. It didn’t matter if they were leaders or subordinates, employed or unemployed, “essential” “workers” or sheltering at home...they had all been impacted by coronavirus in some way. While no two stories were the same, there were some underlying themes that revealed holes and blindspots for them both personally and professionally. •

They were unprepared to operate in any way other than a traditional environment - Emergency planning doesn’t seem important when there is no emergency, but a well thought out playbook for coping with disruptions to personal, professional, and business operations is essential.

They lacked efficient communication strategies - Close physical proximity as an effective substitute for actual communication and information sharing turned out to be flawed in many cases. Groups, businesses, and organizations quickly realized their strategies were ineffective and outdated.

They lacked ways to stay connected - At our core, humans are social beings who require some degree of connection. With close, in-person connections limited by stay at home orders and social distancing, groups, businesses, and organizations initially struggled to continue engaging their stakeholders, customers, members, and employees in a meaningful way.

The SUMMIT

Profile for Colorado PGA

The SUMMIT - Colorado PGA Magazine - May 2020  

Golf is Back and it has an opportunity to showcase itself as a model of how people can begin a return to a more normal way of life while saf...

The SUMMIT - Colorado PGA Magazine - May 2020  

Golf is Back and it has an opportunity to showcase itself as a model of how people can begin a return to a more normal way of life while saf...