Volume 22 Letter From the Editor:
After two years of pandemic life, there's finally light at the end of the tunnel as the world continues on its path to normalcy. It may be hard to forget what we have endured and realize how far we still must travel. Cheryl Sandberg once reminded us, "You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive." This fitting sentiment leads us to ponder the burning question facing organizations and individuals: How can businesses and their leaders emerge from this dark time and rise from the ashes?
We have been isolated, locked down, shut down, and for some, even closed down. Our systems have been challenged, our values questioned, and our determination tested. Organizations have had to pivot time and again, adapting business practices to the needs of their clients and their own people. Human connection redefined, mental health peaked, the great resignation coined, and the ensuing crisis exacerbated deep-seated inequalities within our communities. While we may all have been caught up in the same storm, we are definitely not in the same boat!
The scope and speed of the pandemic posed extraordinary challenges to leaders. We developed resiliency and adaptability in moments of extreme ambiguity while tapping into our creativity, and the power of leadership prevailed. Though uncertainty still lingers, a sense of excitement is emerging as we look forward to coming together once again. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that human connection and collaboration are critical in reaching our goals.