• Priya Venkatesan

Goodbye 2020!


As 2020 comes to an end, its a a great moment to reflect on what I would call an unexpected year.

The year was unfolding as if it is a replica of one of the scenes in Contagion movie:-(

Most of the times, I had to pinch myself to check if this is a bad dream!

After a point, when I was done brooding, I could also witness the resilience in the human spirit which was so warm that it offset the cold feeling caused by the pandemic.


So what I take away from 2020, are best summarised by Tom Rath in “Are you fully charged?”


1. Meaning: The one thing that had the most influence on me during the pandemic is the work I do as a coach. To reach across people across the globe, connecting with them in the face of adversity, empowering them one day at a time gave me the strength to move forward in my day. As Tom Rath rightly said, we cannot reach far by pursuing happiness but we can definitely pursue meaning. Apart from this, preparing food for a month for total strangers in transit to their home towns, with no agenda, gave me the most peace.



2. Interactions: Whether it was learning a course together with peers, or joining a meditation session or a coaching conversation, every positive interaction, increased my sense of well being. Being part of a whole, somehow reduced the feeling of “personalisation’ - the feeling something happens to us because of our fault. It also reduced the feeling of the pandemic being “pervasive” as some part of the world like NewZealand & Australia recovered ahead. That also gave me hope that it is not permanent. Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology called this as the 3Ps (Personalised, Pervasive, Permanant) of how we can recover from hardship.


3. Energy: 'Work from home' lead to a lot of online meetings. After a lot of pain, sitting for long hours, I did some changes to my “Eat-Move-Sleep” regime. The Taichi classes I joined helped me regulate my “chi/Qi” or “energy” and helped me stay alert throughout the marathon calls.

Finding meaning, having positive interactions and maintaining my energy are the three learnings that will go with me to 2021.




How about you? What are your key learnings that you would like to take to 2021?




Wish all my readers & well wishers a very happy new year filled with health and prosperity!


PS: Writing 33 articles this year was a huge learning experience in 2020. Thank you for your support and encouragement! Here is a summary.


Strategy Thinking

Strategic Thinking Nuts & Bolts

Head in the cloud or feet in the ground?

Are you a big picture thinker or a details person?


Influence

Influence through presentations

Influence laterally across the organisations

Types of Influence

Myths on Influence

Mindset shifts for innovation & influence

Introverts & Influence


Negotiation

Irrationality & Negotiations

Negotiation


Risk

Building propensity for risk

Facing Fear


Relationships & Communication

Difficult conversations

(Rant) I don’t like my boss


Decision Making

Imperfect decision making


Resilience

Resilience in the wake of adversity


Time Management

Mastering time


Change

Organisational Change: Challenges & Interventions

Organisational change and coaching

How to make change stick?

Letting go for a better future

Results

Secret sauce of goal achievement

Who is responsible for creating the results I want?


Wellness

Are you well?


Career

Anytime career crisis

Challenges Vs career growth


Strengths

Un-leveraged strengths


Measurements

Your life’s report card


Leading in crisis

Rising to face the unknown


Inclusion

Being an inclusive leader


Finding your dream

Where are my wings?

Resourcing

Staffing across horizons of growth


Empathy & Self compassion


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