Still and Stuck: What’s the One Big Thing Covid-19 Challenged Your Thinking On?
By Yeoh Siew Hoon
Wednesday, 26th August 2020

Here are some answers: 'Nearly the end of August and still,' sighed my hairdresser this week and yes, still, still stuck, still masked and still Zoom.

Since March, I must have interviewed countless people from across the world, ran lots of virtual events. And I sense a weariness settling in. It’s in the shoulders. They seem more slumped. It’s in the eyes. They seem less bright. It’s in the tone. It seems less upbeat.

We humans are not made to be constrained and confined to a screen all day.

“I can’t do another webinar,” said Stephan Ekbergh, CEO, Travelstart, who was out walking in Cape Town and communing with the seals and dolphins he meets during those outings. “I simply can’t.”

Said Amit Saberwal, CEO and co-founder, RedDoorz during our call today, “My job as CEO is to go out, meet people, be around the water cooler, I don’t have nine hours of work to do on a screen.”

Christian Suwarna, CMO of Traveloka, lamented, “It doesn’t work when you have to attack, charge, collaborate. I miss the energy.”

“I have forgotten what it is like to shake hands,” laughed Kei Shibata, CEO, LINE TRAVEL jp.

So this week, I decided to lift my eyes from the screen, look up to the stars and threw out one question into the universe. “If I were to ask you what’s the one big thing Covid-19 challenged your thinking on, what would it be?”

Here are some answers that came back, some attributable, some non-attributable, but thought I’d share them all.

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