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December 8, 2020
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Evaluating the year 2020 – In three different ways

Evaluating the year 2020

A lot of people have commented they will be happy to see the back of the year 2020. Give it the figurative “Do not Pass Go!” card from Monopoly. Here are three alternatives to evaluating the year 2020:

  1. Factual – a calendar year is only a time construct we humans have defined, and events like Covid-19 will not go away with the change of the calendar. It would be better to say we’d like to see the back of uninformed views. I’d like to see the back of actions that put the rest of the population at risk. I’d like to see the back of other ill-considered leading behaviours that will make it harder for us to recover. And not just for Covid-19, but for the other existential threats we face now.
  2. Consequential – entire sectors of industry have suffered greatly during 2020, while others have had their best year ever and continue to see exponential growth. In business you cannot always control the outcomes, but you can choose how your respond to the consequences of negative events. Resilience is my word for 2020.
  3. Philosophical – a significant number of our fellow humans have suffered during 2020, through Covid-19 or other events. If you are one of them, you have my Aroha and I sincerely hope that 2021 brings you a better future. However, 2020 was also the year first-time mums and dads first held their baby. In 2020 a brilliant idea was formed and a plan to help humanity was hatched. In 2020 someone was first told: “I love you”, and in 2020 the brilliant leaders of our future started kindergarten.

If that does not make you happy, think about what you can be grateful for in 2020.

About the author: Geerten Lengkeek is the Managing Director of Productivity People and Co-founder of the Global Lean Alliance