By Scott Burgmeyer
2020 has been a year of change and disruption we haven’t likely seen in our lifetime. This anxiety, stress, and forced innovation comes with learning. Looking back at 2020, the key learnings we have walked away with so far include:
Innovation and Change: Through the great disruption, we have been forced to change and work in ways we haven’t before. The question is, how do we support our organizations and employees to continue to be ready for change AND manage the anxiety that comes with it? The research supports the premise that the more change ready an organization is, the more sustainable and successful it will be.
We are bigger than just ourselves: Many events remind us of the unfairness and need for change and respect. The learning is that each of us can make a difference. Respect each other, look for opportunities to learn about organizations, people, and cultures that are different, and apply that learning to grow.
Time to Focus: We all have had more time working by ourselves, assessing how we work, and completing projects that were on the back burner. This attention raises a question: how do we remain this focused on execution while still maintaining relationships?
Your learnings may be different. My challenge to you is to take the time to reflect, gather what you have learned--the good, the bad and the ugly--and determine how you can move forward on the journey. This reflection is what makes the journey worth it.