Considering The Best of Times and the Worst of Times in Business


by on Sep 22, 2020 1:28 PM

Considering The Best of Times and the Worst of Times in Business

In trying to make sense of 2020, I can’t help but think of Charles Dickens’ famous first line in A Tale of Two Cities which reads, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”. For most of us, these could be considered the worst of times as humanity has been affected by COVID-19, social unrest, and political division. Would anyone consider this the best of times as well? Call me crazy but in all this imbalance, I believe, lay an opportunity before us – the ability to uncover, recognize and utilize our untapped strengths.

When COVID hit, individuals and companies were quickly forced to work, think, manage, hire, market and sell differently. We had to adjust regardless of whether we were ready, willing, or able. As I’ve seen with my network of clients and associates, resiliency, innovation, and efficiency were just some byproducts of this challenge. Defeat was not an option.

What also rings true is that we’ve been afforded the time for self-reflection. The events of this year have encouraged people in business to become better educated, more understanding, and empathetic. We’re leaning into discomfort and growing ever wiser.

Personally, I’ve had what I call “COVID moments” during this downtime. Splashes of clarity enveloped me, and I recognized long term behavioral patterns that no longer served me. I was left with the hunger to give back. I brought one of those A-HA moments to my team and it has now been built into what we call the Trilogy Mentorship Program. For more information, click here.

Aldous Huxley’s title Brave New World causes me to pause as I assess this 2020 experience. Thinking about the courage and determination exemplified by those who’ve put themselves at risk for the greater good never mind the lessons we’ve collectively learned, I wonder if he was writing his dystopian novel today would the story line remain the same?


About Andrea Grubb

Andrea Grubb is the Chief Integrator Officer at Trilogy Partners. Trilogy Partners is an advisory & implementation firm whose mission is to help companies grow and transform.  We accomplish this by focusing on 3 critical business areas: Financial, Strategy & People.