Working From Home Has Been a Life-changing Experience

“… it allowed me to be more of the person I aspire to be, The Best in The World at What I Do”

I have always been better with the written word than the spoken one and for me working from home, allowing me to be more of the person I aspire to be, revealed itself to be very much a privilege. While for some the lack of interaction can make it easy for minor anxieties and frustrations to spiral into existential crises, for me, it gives me time to think, allows me to write considered arguments, and makes me more articulate.

I am a business and management consultant, a free thinking creative systemic strategic planner and most of my days involve reading reports, finding obscure problems, addressing and solving them for the benefit of my clients. When in the office, attempting to share my ideas often meant stumbling over my words and sometimes blurting out a dumbed-down version of what I was trying to say or demonstrate. But these days, most of my work-related interaction with either my clients, contributors and associates are through office and social media chat apps. This means I have time to craft my comments before I utter them.

Now, I can spend a minute writing them down as clearly as possible, making a better case for the changes I would like to make, recommend or see implemented. The slowed interaction gives me time to think, allows me to write considered arguments, and makes me more articulate. Essentially, it allows me to be more of the person I aspire to be, the best in the world at what I do. What is more, the terrain has evened out. Everyone is on the same platform, equally accessible, and they can answer me when it is convenient.

Overall, in these days of pandemic, the toll of isolation far outweighs the benefits of reduced social anxiety.

Michel Ouellette JMD


J. Michael Dennis, ll.l., ll.m.
Strategic Systemic Planning… and Many Other Things  


Covid-19: A Blessing in Disguise



The COVID-19 Coronavirus:  The Biggest Blessing in Disguise For Mankind and Humanity

The world is changing rapidly. For over a year now, COVID-19 has been causing havoc in both human health and the economy. The coronavirus pandemic has left no corner of the world untouched.

Since the first case of the disease was reported in China in December 2019, while 62 million have already recovered, more than 86 million infections have been recorded throughout the world with about 2 million deaths in 218 countries and territories.

For many, COVID-19 has been a wakeup call that the world is changing. The coronavirus pandemic has exposed a number of crises that have been in plain view but ignored by humanity, including challenges like inadequate medical facilities, unequal distribution of income and wealth, fragile supply chains and gender inequality. COVID-19 has truly reminded us all that no man is an island.

The coronavirus is just not taking lives but has further widened the gap that exists between people and nations. While the poorest countries, the poorest neighbourhood, the oldest and weaker people are showing more vulnerability, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, thereby making it difficult for them to feed themselves and their families. COVID-19 has helped refocus our minds on what is really important to human survival: clothing, shelter, health, food and the need to ensure equality.

Just as the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic led to the creation of a favorable environment for the comprehensive equal rights amendment to help women take up roles previously exclusive to men, a century later this pandemic is giving us the opportunity to recalibrate mankind lopsidedness.

The start of the year 2020 turned out to be uneventful. 2020 was supposed to bring progress and prosperity for all mankind. Early February 2020, the COVID-19 coronavirus had just started to grip China and the rest of the world thought it to be more or less a china problem. A handful of senior global leaders were still talking about trade wars and trade imbalances, ideological differences on the basis of religion/military and finance leading to deadly conflicts and business houses/businessmen gloating on the stock prices of their companies being at lifetime high.

At the end of the year, in less than 2 weeks this virus, then popularly called “the China-Virus”, spreading like a wild fire across the globe, bringing down all these alleged edifices of financial, intellectual, scientific, military and historical supremacy over each other in less than 10 days, created a havoc around the world. The global supply chains that we were so proud of suddenly came to a stop. Suddenly, so much for the conflicts, divisions and havoc that we created in the name of progress that humanity stands naked at the precipice of a bottomless abyss.

Never ever since the advent of humanity and its recorded history has the world been so genuinely secular and united just to be able to survive and save itself from this cataclysm and everyone only worrying about the most primordial need of food, shelter, clothing and procreation and everyone is wishing well for everyone else just to ensure self-preservation.

The coronavirus pandemic is here and here to stay for at least 2 more years. For the next 2 years, all we have to and need to remember is that on this earth, in these times of global economy and pandemic, the shrieks of any of our fellow cohabitants, either animal, poor, rich, fortunate or unfortunate, are all the same in the face of adversity. The coronavirus pandemic will come to an end but let us not forget that lesson that mother earth had to impose upon us.

Everything considered, the COVID-19 pandemic is a blessing in disguise, an opportunity for mankind to find its soul lost in the morass of greed, corruption, one-upmanship and destruction of our beautiful planet in the garb of progress.

We are now facing circumstances we have never thought we would. But still, life goes on; you can watch it go by or, you can jump in and be a part of the journey. Whether we like it or not, we need to deal with what is in front of us.

The choice is entirely ours.

J. Michael Dennis

Syndicated Columnist … and other things


You Want to Start a Business Today! Hold Your Horses


You Want to Start a Business Today! Hold Your Horses, Wait, Hold On, Stop. This is no time to do it, you are doomed to fail.

Day Three of The One Hundred Days


In these days of pandemic, unless you are out of your mind, suicidal or have a lot of your own money to lose is a very bad idea.

I totally understand that this is the dream of your life, what you always wanted to do but what the … did I tell you on Day One?  Unless you want to be the Extreme Ass Hole of all, making irrational decisions has no room in your One Hundred  Days Extreme You Project. There is no room for emotions in making any kind of profitable decisions defining your best possible future.

Unless you have a lot of cash of your own to absolutely finance 100% of your business project and some to spare to ensure your daily living and the daily living of your family for the next two years, unless you have the biggest idea of the century and you are the best in the world at what you do, don’t even think about starting a  brand new business business today.

Like it or not, all odds are against you!

J. Michael Dennis

Syndicated Columnist … and other things

The One Hundred Days Project, A Breakthrough Experience


What are you waiting for? 

Your body: Your Mind!

Your body, your mind! Empower Yourself!

You want to lose weight!

There is no easy way: eat less and exercise more; decrease your food intake and increase your physical activity. It works miracle!

You want people to love you!

Love people. Follow “The Golden Rule”; people will love you.

You want money!

Work your ass out and stop spending.

Don’t ever forget it: It Is Your Life, Nobody Else’s Life


It is up to you to Make It Happen, nobody else. Stop blaming everything and everyone for your miserable life and condition. Stop finding problems for every solution. Stop doing what you have been doing all your miserable live. It is only making you miserable. Show some resolution and discipline and stick to your agenda.

Be incisive and decisive.

In whatever you do, whatever decision you have to make, there is no room for emotions, there is no room for irrational emotional decisions. Avoid all forms of distraction. Stay away from toxic people and any kind or form of toxic relationships. No matter who or what, do whatever it takes to achieve your goal(s).

Whatever happened in the past, forget it: stop thinking about it. Change your narrative, be future oriented. No more compromise, no more fucking backtracking and procrastination. Reengineer yourself, reinvent yourself. Have a hard look at yourself and make it happen, make your dreams come true. Only 98 more days to do it, to make it happen!

Focus on issues directly impacting on your way of living; Excuses Will Always Be There For You, Opportunities Won’t.  Stop reading and start writing your own book: The Book of Your Life.

This Is Your Life!

You need a kick in the ass?

Get in touch with me.

J. Michael Dennis

Syndicated Columnist … and other things