Accelerated transformation in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis
How many companies would you say are focused on self-preservation during the COVID-19 pandemic? If you said a large majority, you’d be right. But that’s just it; they are focused on just getting through it. Is there a case to be made for going beyond a preservation mindset, to a transformational one?
Here is a story of an entrepreneurial company in mid-town Toronto, Ontario that has taken a refreshingly bold approach during the COVID-19 crisis. They are punching above their weight, because they chose to be led by their core purpose rather than fear. They didn’t just shift their operations to address immediate concerns. They also chose to build for the future and impact their industry.
In the hopes of helping others, they have allowed me to share details about the transformational steps they took during the COVID-19 crisis. This company is Consolidated Energy Solutions (CES), which provides energy and business solutions for the food retail sector. Having been part of other transformational initiatives, I have learned that leadership and culture plays a pivotal role. The quality of leadership at CES and the strength of their culture are comparable to the best that I have seen among top Fortune 500 companies.