2020 has been an “interesting” year, to say the very least. It tested us in many ways few of us could have imagined. It marks a time of dramatic upheaval that will be analyzed, written about, and passed down through families and in books for years to come.
While a shadow infused with loss, uncertainty, anxiety, pain and confusion hung over many of us, we also experienced an abundance of good. We witnessed rapid innovation and companies pulling together to embrace the changes we faced as opportunities to find new ways to connect and work. We all learned tons more than we thought we would about remote meetings and business operations. Oddly enough, many grew closer in the distance, and closer still to families their work often took them distant from….
We also all witnessed the very best of heroism in the efforts of first responders and essential workers, to include teachers and even our grocers. The depth of their bravery and perseverance have been immeasurably valuable in keeping our communities safe.
Increased political and racial tensions meant some allowed their frustrations to pour into our streets, yet we also saw communities coming together in a great upsurgence to support those in need. Many of us had to rethink just about everything, and most found out what really was important.
For us, that has been family and friends, and we include you, our colleagues, in that mix. We are deeply indebted to our ever-expanding network for the insight you provided to ensure we will each grow better, faster and stronger because of all we have endured and the lessons we have learned in doing so.
Today, we have hope. With determination and an abundance of creative and innovative thinking and rapid iterating, we will find a wealth of opportunities to build positive momentum and lasting change. We each have the opportunity to be leaders in rebuilding, to fuel the promise for recovery, and be the catalysts for reimagining our work.
We can foster understanding, empathy, and inclusion. We can illuminate and elevate the performance of others. And we can help to fill critical technology gaps for our world.
There is no place for hesitation or fear in the next steps we will take. In 2021, we must be bold. We need to boldly challenge the status quo, rethink outdated models, and lift up the many brave individuals in companies across the globe who are leading us into new frontiers.
As we turn the page on 2020, may we all take a little bit of time to remember where we’ve been, share what we’ve learned, celebrate the good and welcome 2021 with a spirit of positivity, passion for our work, and the kind of perseverance we know is needed to meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities this new year will offer.
Happy New Year! May you and your family ring in 2021with thankfulness, laughter, and bold hope. That’s our plan — we sure hope you’ll join us.