Day 45 – Stories of COVID-19 and Sheltering-In-Place

Seriously, where else can you go for a full load of such useless trivia? I’m glad to be of service!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 – Live to Blog from Video

On Day 13 of hiding out from COVID-19 and this blog, the Governor of Maryland announced we’d still be sheltering in place until the end of April. I was panicked…not because I had to stay at home but because I made a foolhardy pledge to keep writing this blog until we no longer had to shelter-in-place. I realized it would be Day 46 before the order would be lifted. I knew I was full of drivel (others might describe it a bit differently) but I never knew I had this much drivel in me. Welcome to Day 45…Day 46 is tomorrow…and there is no end in sight. OMG!


Perhaps at a time like this it is important to remember the immortal words delivered by actor Steven Keats in the 1973 film, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, starring Robert Mitchum (of “Beef, it’s what’s for dinner” fame).

This life’s hard, man, but it’s harder if you’re stupid.”

Steven Keats as Jackie Brown

Seriously, where else can you go for a full load of such useless trivia? I’m glad to be of service!

Yeah, all of this is harder if you are a Stupid Person (remember, defined as one who has a great lack of common sense). However, it is much worse for a Stupid Person who is also an Ignorant Person (one who is lacking awareness about a particular thing…such as…for example…just how serious this pandemic is). Now if an Ignorant Person is leading Stupid People, it can be a tragedy and very dangerous, even to life and death. (I shall refrain from naming any governor’s or federal officials specifically; allow your imagination to wander free.)

Almost Live from My Office

For the past three Wednesdays I’ve been featuring video interviews of several colleagues. Patrick Jinks, Charles Weathers, Forrest Alton, Cayci Banks, and I have been meeting regularly by Zoom to talk about how we can better serve the nonprofit sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our collaboration has produced

  • Two blogs – the most recent is coming out today on the website of TogetherSC. (It is part two of Leading Through Crisis and features 15 pratical tips and strategies for leaders during this time.),
  • Four video interviews expanding on the ideas presented in those blogs, and
  • A fifth video to be shot next week that features all five of us in a free-wheeling discussion on leading through crisis

On my website you will find a special page devoted to resources for nonprofits which are specific to the time of COVID-19. I try to keep it updated regularly so be sure to check back. On this page you’ll find links to each of the people mentioned above, links to the blogs, and links to each of the videos Patrick has produced. Please use the resources you find there and on the websites of my colleagues. Feel free to pass the links and resources on to other who work in nonprofits or who privide leadership to them.

I’m very honored to have been able to do the interview below with Patrick Jinks. I had a lot of fun and, in the process, learned a lot about myself in relation to the topic of self care. Take a few minutes to watch the video and then be sure to check out the other three.

The Adventures of Chickenman – Episode 14

The Police Commissioner and Chickenman (aka Benton Harbor) has a secret messenger system set up to convey messages to Benton when he is working his day job in shoe sales. What happens, though, if the system goes terribly wrong?

Clarifying the Rules of Sheltering in Place

Adley, Host of The Adley Show

So, not sure what the rules of sheltering-in-place are? Help is on the way! Adley explains the rules.

Well, that certainly clears things up!

Stay safe, be well, keep calm, keep washing your hands, keep wearing your mask, and keep following the rules! (The real rules, of course!)


Author: Tom Klaus

My name is Tom Klaus and I am the founder and president of Tenacious Change. I am convinced the secret to almost any good thing happening among people is relational trust. Want to be loved by your spouse, children, and family? Want to work well with others? Want to be an effective leader? Want to help your neighborhood, community, state, or country change for the good? Want world peace...actually, peace with anyone? Building relational trust is when fear, animosity, conflict, and the status quo begins to transform into cooperation, respect, collaboration, peace, and working together for social change and the greater good of all. A good day for me is when I can help social profit, nonprofit, and public leaders and their organizations grasp the importance of relational trust, let it guide their decision making, and inform their strategy. This is just one of the ways that I am animating and equipping leaders, organizations, and communities to lead change for the greater good. Tenacious Change is about changing forward into a future that prioritizes the greater good for all. We can do this better together. Come on along!

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