COVID: 1 Year Later

COVID: 1 Year Later

This month marked the one-year anniversary of COVID becoming the dominant narrative in most of our personal and professional lives. Despite the many challenges, the past year has created a unique learning opportunity to test assumptions, values, and ideas. We have been impressed by the resilience, adaptability, and poise shown by our team, our clients, and our community.

Looking back, we got a lot right. We focused on culture, overcommunicating with our clients, and playing an active role in helping the business community navigate uncertainty. We also didn’t always listen to our own advice. In hindsight, we should have been more patient in the early days of the pandemic. Many concerns we spent countless hours worrying about never came to fruition and we spun our wheels pushing too hard, too fast on multiple new initiatives in the early days of the pandemic.

We revisited our March 2020 newsletter, and it is noteworthy how many of our insights are still relevant today as the calendar turns yet again to spring.

1. This will be more of a marathon than a sprint.

March 2020: Don’t burn yourself out. There is tendency in stressful times to want to get everything done at once, and you’ll start to scramble inefficiently. Focus on what is critical and stay calm. You need to work smarter, not harder.
March 2021: There is still a long road ahead. The journey to a post COVID recovery won’t be a straight line. Stay the course, expect a few setbacks, and keep your eye on the long-term horizon.

2. Now is your time to shine.

March 2020: The world is always in need of leaders, and now more than ever. The way you show up over the coming weeks for your family, your friends, your teams, your clients, and your community will make a big difference. View this as a moment in time where people will look back and appreciate the way you led with grace, with confidence, and with determination, even when you didn’t have all the answers, didn’t always make the right decisions, or couldn’t necessarily achieve everything you planned.

March 2021: The coming weeks and months will continue to demand the best of our leadership. People are tired after the past year and patience is wearing thin. How we show up in April will be as equally impactful as how we showed up last spring.

3. Pause and take care of yourself.

March 2020: The airplane analogy of putting your own oxygen mask on first applies in situations like this. Make 30 minutes each day to go for a walk or get outside. Use the coming long weekend to recharge and prepare for next month. Remember to breathe and remind yourself to #justdoyourbest.

March 2021: The past year has seen exciting holiday plans cancelled and many have not used their vacation time. It is important to take a break, perhaps more so when it most feels like you are too busy to take time off. Spring can feel like a fresh start, but only if we take some time to rest and recharge.

Anniversaries are great opportunities to take stock. We encourage you to take time to look back on the last year and revisit what you got right, what you would have done differently, and what you told yourself then that you may still need to hear now.

Ted Kouri
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