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The battle against COVID-19, an “invisible enemy,” seems to have united humanity in an unprecedented way. However, the following agile approach shows how community members need to join forces to win against Coronavirus speedily.

What vs. How
The goal is clear. Communities need to go to zero COVID-19 cases asap and stay there. However, how to achieve that is a matter of disputes based on various factors, including financial and political conflicts of interest.

Collaboration, Caring, and Sharing
To speed up the victory against COVID-19, here are three frameworks and approaches with roots in military strategy, business management, epidemiological studies, as well as biblical concepts. While enhancing communal harmony, they help our neighborhoods collaborate efficiently, adapt quickly, and act decisively and effectively.

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“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals. Adjust the action steps.”
-Confucius

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Three Successful Strategies to Win Against COVID-19

  1. Think tribal:
    • build cross-functional teams around specific issues and give them distinct names,
    • set measurable goals and dynamic action plans,
    • track the outcome of your activities,
    • adjust your actions if needed,
    • establish diverse communication channels,
    • communicate frequently,
    • keep people engaged and informed,
    • share the good news,
    • create a bond across multiple teams by creating a shared identity and shared experience.

  2. Solidify ‘Green Zones’ in areas that are close to zero by community action.

  3. Set and maintain the following set of temporary measures to stop the outbreak. Akin to the traffic regulations, they need to be respected as our temporary norm and social etiquette:

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A German saying goes, “Lieber ein Ende mit Schrecken als ein Schrecken ohne Ende,” which literally reads ‘Rather end with a shock, than a shock without an end’. It suggests it’s better to end an unpleasant situation with short anguish rather than live with prolonged agony.

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