September 2, 2020 - JOLT - Masks-off Support in a Masks-on World -

September 2, 2020 – JOLT – Masks-off Support in a Masks-on World

By Darrell Gurney | Blog

Sep 02

“Lean on me, when you’re not strong, And I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on, For it won’t be long, ‘Til I’m gonna need, Somebody to lean on.”
-Bill Withers

Dealing with uncertainties and abnormal times…

takes its visible and invisible toll. We’re all experiencing it.

I’ve personally found myself in one frame of mind one hour (or day, or week, or month) and then in a completely different one only one hour (or day, or week, or month) later.

I probably reach out, check-in, listen and absorb the available support around me more than I ever did in “normal” times…and am hugely grateful for it.

If “Rona” has blessed us in any ways, it may be a stronger appreciation of relationships and, ideally, a willingness to be open and listen in ways we didn’t before, when the world (and our personal world) seemed routine and steady-as-she-goes.

Today’s mostly virtual relationships give us the challenge to pull more value from what’s possible out of our human interactions than we used to when under the guise that physical presence meant intimacy.

Now, with the former out-in-the-world distractions removed, and truly more “face time” of actually looking one another in the virtual eyes, we can actually get more real and intimate. We can take our masks off.

And more of that is needed as we head into a continued uncertain fall season with a lot of moving (and, hopefully, moving soon) parts in play.

Though your zoom-flattened backside may sometimes ache, I challenge you to find someone you thought you knew well in regular times and go deeper in Covid times.

What are their real dreams? What are their perceived challenges? And how might a created structure of mutual support to not only get through the week or month but to actually grow bigger in the face of these adversities support them…and you?

Reach out. Reach out and — masks off — touch someone. 

If you’re a business owner or entrepreneur, in times like these, more than ever, I recommend the power of a Mastermind & Accountability Group.

The the power of coming together with your peers in a committed way has benefits we all need right now that simple surface relationships don’t provide.

To give you a sense of what a Mastermind/Accountability Group makes possible, check out “The Top 7 Benefits of a Mastermind Group.”

As you read, consider whether this kind of closeness could support you in these Covid times.

If you’re going to get zoom butt anyway, why not make it pay off for you and your business?

Need help in planning for your post-pandemic career, business or personal life? Schedule a session here. Crazy as it sounds, what if there’s actually forward movement possible for you out of all this? You likely won’t discern that on your own. I’m here to help you see what you don’t.

Got masks-off support?

“…what I can do is offer myself, wholehearted and present, to walk with the people I love through the fear and the mess. That’s all any of us can do. That’s what we’re here for.”
-Shauna Niquist

About the Author

DARRELL W. GURNEY, Executive/ Career Coach and 20-year recruiting veteran, supports people at all levels to make fulfilling and profitable career transitions. His first book, Headhunters Revealed! Career Secrets for Choosing and Using Professional Recruiters, was winner of the Clarion Award for Best Book by the Association for Women in Communications and was reviewed in Publishers Weekly. His newest book, Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest, has been endorsed by bestselling thought leaders such as Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, and Dr. Ivan Misner. A personal and business brand strategist, Darrell’s Stealth Method of networking has helped folks expand their reach within both careers and new client circles. He speaks, leads workshops, and is a media expert on subjects such as recruiting, networking, and finding one’s passion. He was recently named Networking Expert for and offers webinars and programs that get MBA students and working professionals out, connected, and landed.