As 2019 drew to an end, many business leaders had high hopes of crushing “it” in 2020. The economy was going well, many industries were experiencing growth and for the superstitious, the repeating double digits, made 2020 feel like a year that they were destined to conquer.
Then, COVID-19 hit.
The best-laid plans for 2020 went out the window. In a matter of weeks, businesses faced uncertainty and were left without a game-plan of what to do.
Businesses had to pivot. Some were forced to lay off employees, while more unfortunate ones closed their business for good. Leaders had to create new plans over and over just to survive.
On the human side, leaders had to make hard personal choices and were forced to rethink their priorities, many of which affected their personal and professional relationships. They also had to navigate a new normal that seemed to change every day.
Six months into the pandemic, I wondered if anything good could come of what seemed to be an overwhelmingly uncertain and negative moment in time. Since businesses are made up of people, I know that when people suffer, business is affected.
I wanted to know what positives had arisen from this pandemic. Relying on what always works as an executive coach – I asked a thought-provoking question. Believing that there is a silver lining in every storm cloud, I challenged my LinkedIn followers with one question:
“With everything that has gone on this year, what have you found as the silver lining?”
The answers flooded in and I was gladly overwhelmed by the number of positive and interesting responses people shared. To my delight, the responses included both professional and personal silver lining stories.
Below are just a few of the inspiring responses: