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by Dave Wakeman

Well, we’re about to turn the page on 2020. And while I’m hopeful that 2021 will be much less disruptive, I did want to share a few lessons I hope we take with us into the new year:

Mental health deserves our attention: This year, I’ve heard more discussion than ever before about the need to monitor mental wellbeing and encourage people to put their mental health first. 

I get that the modern economy seems designed to wring every productive second out of us. So it takes a conscious effort to turn off and tune out. Only then can you recover and be able to push forward and work on new projects. 

Recharging doesn’t have to be a complex thing. One of the most powerful forms of rejuvenation I’ve heard from many people this year is mindfulness. 

Processes have power: We’ve seen a vaccine for the coronavirus come together faster than any effort like it before. What got us there? Science and processes. Both are help fueling innovation, progress and effectiveness. 

I don’t have to tell you in the project management community about the power of processes, but we should all be hopeful that the world at large understands how important processes are now. 

True leadership matters more than ever: We’ve see how bad leaders can cause a great deal of damage, especially when they aren’t forthcoming with information, lead with lies and disinformation, or just give up. 

But this year has also shown us how important good leadership is to teams, countries or any organization. Now more than ever we need leaders to help pull us together and we need to step up as project professionals when this doesn’t happen. 

What leadership lessons learned will you be taking into 2021? 

Happy holidays. Stay safe! 


Posted by David Wakeman on: December 29, 2020 10:44 AM | Permalink

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Very good points. Let's not forget the importance of patience. The confusion, disorder, and uncertainty of 2020 has definitely reinforced the need to be patient and understanding with everyone; employees and customers alike. The climate was filled with fear and misunderstanding and many people where and continue to be premature in judgement and actions. As a leader it's important that we take the time to sit back evaluate and attempt to understand as much as possible prior to making any decisions that might effect our teams. 2020 been a perfect example of this.

Good article, thanks

Dave, you said it correctly , True leadership matters more than ever: We’ve see how bad leaders can cause a great deal of damage, especially when they aren’t forthcoming with information, lead with lies and disinformation, or just give up. ...

Thanks for sharing, very interesting.

Thanks David. People health is not all about Covid, but it is overall health. And mental health has become important that need us to pay attention to. A good leadership should have empathy, being able to put himself into someone’s shoes especially in a difficult year of 2020-2021.

Dear David
Interesting your reflection
Thanks for sharing
I am convinced that processes and science have made an important contribution to the creation of the vaccine.
But ... the "real spring" was the purpose.
In my opinion, it is the vision that contributes to the evolution of humanity

Interesting and good informative!

Informative. The attention to mental health crisis spilled over in this current pandemic along with the demand of following due processes in something that impacted the whole world. The pandemic really revealed the true leaders from the talkers.

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