Sunday January 2, 2022 – La Minute Monocle
THE FASTER WAY / TYLER BURNT
In the new
Good year, good year, good anno, godt nytår, frohes neues Jahr and feliz ano novo! This branch of the Monocle family hosted 2022 in a discreet, well-lit and tasteful format, way above the rest of Europe in the cozy St Moritz. Friends from London and Essen, Zurich and Lugano were in attendance, and while there had been a lot of thinking over the past year (topics usually focused on incomprehensible government measures against coronaviruses, ill-behaved children and the state of the workplace very difficult), there was also a dose of impatience and urgency to get out into the world, despite a new wave of cancellations of major events, including furniture fairs and design in Paris, Cologne and Stockholm. The last guests put on their coats shortly after 2:30 am and despite the odd rocket that took off around the lake, I think I passed out around 2:39 am and woke up to the most beautiful sunny day. As other family members tended the Christmas tree, tidied the balls and prepared for a return to the plains, I managed to steal a few hours to contemplate 2022 and jot down some wishes for the months to come. .
1. Quick start
The first week of the New Year is always a bit awkward as many take an extra week off, some schools don’t come home until mid-month, and much of the southern hemisphere is in the middle of summer vacation. I was going to relax slowly, but I have decided to get to work and will report to work on Monday morning. There are so many things I want to get done that I feel like I will be more efficient in the office and in the thick of things rather than working remotely. By the time you read this the 2022 March Orders will have been sent to key personnel, the diary will be filled out until the end of the first quarter, and I will already be descending through the mountains in a finely appointed dining car. .
2. Things you can’t do at home
Many are likely to be reading this in a country that has some sort of work-from-home recommendation and / or an office ban. What a bunch of nonsense. One of the main wishes is that governments allow companies to set their own rules, decide what makes sense for their particular business and act on it. The same goes for the rapidly expanding concept of quarantine. Does that really make sense at this point? Let’s go back to the center to allow more self-responsibility and less nanny. Also, as it was established on New Years Eve, there is so much that you cannot do while working from home. One of the Zurich office’s favorite activities on quiet Tuesdays is playing ‘catch the grape’ (any bite-sized fruit will do). I think you understand how this game works. Fun for a few minutes, a bit of relief for those with their heads down and one of the many things that help put a team together rather than being isolated with kids, kids. cats and partners who have too many opinions about what they heard on a call.
3. A more important media regime
A few months ago, I recommended that one of the best things you can do for your mental health, especially in the English speaking world, is to start reading daily newspapers (and the opinions that accompany them) d ‘other markets – Portugal, Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium. Getting new opinions and perspectives from other corners of the planet can be invaluable in giving you a better start to the day, not to mention introducing all kinds of smart opportunities. And yes, Google Translate does wonders, even when it comes to longer and more complicated reads. You’ll be happy to know that not all countries or media routinely take on the wacky, left-wing cancellations / don’t-say / debates. Hopefully more people can add an extra dailies or two to their morning media breakfast buffet.
On many train lines in Switzerland there are silent coaches, where the code of no chat / dare not peek is strictly enforced – more than wearing a mask. Can more businesses embrace this concept please? Since many of us feel like we are losing the battle against all those who treat the world as one big living room where it is okay to watch and listen to family videos, HBO series, and porn in public, isn’t it time for smart business owners to define spaces of serenity and calm? Moreover, isn’t it time to give power back to managers and make them apply clearly marked house rules?
5. Time for a peak in sensitivity?
Davos may still be absent, but could someone call a quick conference that will put businesses and governments back on the path to sound decision-making? Quick quick! I am happy to welcome a gathering of leaders who need stimulating ideas and concepts that come out of an ever-narrower channel of narratives and so-called solutions. Should we aim for something in the next three weeks? I’m all ears to tb @ monocle.