What did you learn from 2020?

As we officially adios one of the most interesting years in human history, it’s a fantastic opportunity to look back and reflect on what we can learn from it. 

I’ve spoken to many people over the past 9 months, who have all come to different realisations about themselves and their attitude towards life and work. 

Here are a few great examples…

“I thought it would be really difficult to work remotely, but I’m really enjoying it!” 

“I always thought I would love to work remotely. But I really miss the office vibe and prefer to keep my work and home life separate.” 

“I got to spend more time with my family than I have in years. It felt like I got to know them again.”

“I didn’t know I was in a state of depression until I realised I didn’t want to go out at all. Then I realised I had to do something about it. When it strikes next time, I’m definitely going to recognise it faster.”

“Managing a team remotely was like trying to herd wild cats. I’ve never been so stressed, but I know it’s something I need to work on.”

“I discovered new ways to trust my team that I didn’t think I was capable of before. I think it’s made us closer.”

Do any of these resonate with you? Did you learn something about yourself in working from home, managing a remote team, or having to think strategically during a crisis?

If you haven’t asked yourself any of these questions, take a moment to reflect on them before the end of January while 2020 is still fresh in the mind. 

You could:

  • consider what you did and didn’t enjoy
  • celebrate what you did well
  • examine where you feel you need to improve
  • contemplate how to bring your insights into the new year

Taking coaching insights with you into 2021

Even if you were not a Kim Vella Coaching client in 2020, there was a lot to gain from our articles and newsletters. 

Each month, I share insights gained from 20 years of coaching, mentoring and leading teams – as well as countless in-depth courses on communication, training and skills development, leadership and executive coaching. 

To re-cap, here are 5 articles you may wish to take with you as we step into the New Year:

Managing your inner world

As the COVID pandemic unfolded we looked at why it’s OK to not be OK sometimes, and explained a simple strategy to help you find the silver lining in any situation. 

Read the full article to try the Silver Linings practice for yourself…

Sustaining high performance during a crisis

In 2020, we saw a huge drive to “keep employees engaged and productive” – and some of this had the opposite effect to what managers intended. In this article, I explained why sustaining high performance doesn’t mean driving people to perform. Rather, it means developing the soft skills that enable high performance.

Develop your soft skills using the “Use Your Strengths” practice…

How to avoid the empathy trap

Empathy is a vital skill, but it is possible that your empathy is bringing you down. In this article, we look at how constantly bearing the emotional weight of other people’s situations can drain your energy and lead to health issues or burn out. 

Discover the 3 types of empathy and how to find the right balance

How to avoid collaboration overload

Collaboration is one of the biggest buzzwords of recent times, but is it really working? In this article, we examine what collaboration overload is, how to recognise it, and what you can do to make collaboration work for your team. 

Learn about collaboration overload

Why people tell me they want a coach

Do you know the difference between a coach, mentor and psychologist? In this article, we delve into the distinct differences and explain how to determine which one is right for you. 

See the 10 reasons why clients ask me to coach them…

Want to work with a professional coach this year? Book a free 15 minute coaching session and find out how I can help you approach 2021 with confidence and purpose!

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