As we get ready to edge forward into 2011, I wanted to step back and reflect on 2010.  This year has been yet another fascinating year of contradictions.  It offered both hope and fear when it came to the global economy.  We saw many attempts for recovery along with several stalling indicators.  Much of our perspective however was linked to geography.  The year offered a reminder that while our markets are still linked, there was still room for growth even amid the continued economic challenges.  As we get closer to the countdown to begin the new year I thought it appropriate to share the top 3 themes I observed in 2010 that are reminders of lessons learned.  Here they are:

  1. Economy is local.  The things that are happening in the world only matter in terms of their impact on the bottom line.  I have seen organizations in bad economies flourish and others in great economies falter.  The same is true on the personal level.
  2. Sometimes the seemingly impossible is possible.  When everyone heard of the struggles of GM few thought there was a possible silver lining, yet the new of the IPO showed that there is always hope.
  3. Its never too late.  Sometimes we wonder if there is a right time to get something done and it seems that in the process we might lose a window of opportunity.  I had been interested in writing a book for a while but it seems that life got in the way.  When I finally realized that there was no right time, I jumped into the process and made time for it.  In the end I was able to get it done quickly.  As it turned out the writing process was the easiest part, the publishing process was a lot more complicated.

My hope for the new year is that whatever missteps we have faced in 2010 help us become better at what we do and who we are.

Happy New Year!