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The past weeks have been a challenging experience for businesses. In these unprecedented circumstances, even the most seasoned of Many-Hatted Directors (MHD) will be understandably perplexed about what the future holds for their business. 
 
While the future may seem uncertain, the gradual process of unpausing the world has begun. This means that businesses are starting to reopen their doors. In this article, we will examine the steps that your business needs to begin making in readiness for reopening. Returning to ‘normal’ won’t be an option for a long time even after the world has unpaused completely. Instead, your business will need to navigate its way through the ‘new normal’ while facing the challenges that this brings. 
 
 
Whatever kind of changes your business might have gone through in recent times as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent lockdown, it is never too early to start thinking about how you are going to respond when the lockdown is lifted and the world unpauses. 
 
We don’t yet know if the lockdown will end suddenly or if there will be a staggered easing. However, it is important to plan for our business future - whatever that might be. 
 
But what will be required when the lockdown is lifted? In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the demands that you might have on your head as a Multi-Hatted Director (MHD). 
 
How can you ensure you meet all of these properly? 
 
 
Businesses all over the world have gone through some unique and significant changes this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 
 
There are many alterations you might have seen in your company, but one that has affected almost every business is working from home. You have almost certainly sent people home with the instruction to work from home as much as possible, and in all likelihood that threw up some technical difficulties. 
 
But have you considered how difficult it might be to get things back to normal once all this is over? 
 
 
 
 
 
When it comes to project management, scheduling a review at every key stage you reach ensures your hard work is not for nothing. After all, most projects fail because they are not reviewed at regular review points throughout the lifecycle of the project. 
 
This is specifically important in the IT department. Working with technology can get expensive at the start of the business life cycle, and it’s important to input cost effective reviews to keep change from being impossible. From initial concept to delivery at key stages, any project your enterprise is working on should be reviewed, to ensure it is still on target to meet the objectives and the benefits that were identified at the beginning of the project. 
 
 
 
Every project is a challenge and throws up its own unique challenges and problems that have to be overcome. That’s why every project you complete gives you a chance to learn lessons that you can carry forward and use to your advantage on future projects. It’s something that’s so often missed by teams in all kinds of industries, but that can be changed.  
 
Here’s what you need to know about learning lessons from historical projects. 
 
 
Having a business continuity plan in place is vital for operational success. Should your company be affected by any unforeseen issues, a business continuity plan will enable you to continue functioning without a loss of investment or income. 
A project will never be completely risk-free. Indeed, risk will always be an element of a project process, an unavoidable component that you have to be prepared for. You always need to think about what could go wrong with your project. Unfortunately, there are too many businesses that are not putting the right level of focus on risk management. Instead, teams ignore this completely and hope for the best without preparing for the worst. So, how do you know if you are effectively managing your project risks? 
When you begin a project within your organisation you want to start it safe in the knowledge that your project will deliver what you expect. Before starting a project, your project manager will set out the key initiatives and projected outcomes along with timescales and budget. It is the responsibility of the team and the project leader to ensure that the project stays on track and delivers the right objectives. 
A Project Manager is a member of your organisation, tasked with leading specific large-scale projects. Ensuring clarity around the scope of work, onboarding and educating other individuals within the company, as well as managing timelines and budgets needed for completing the project successfully. 
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