As the year draws to a close and we get to take a much-needed break, it may be worth taking a moment to fully appreciate what we have individually and as a nation achieved in the last 12 months.

  • The early and decisive lockdown actions that sheltered us (so far) from the worst of the pandemic and made New Zealand an enviable place to be.
  • The uncertainty of the impact the pandemic might have had on us as individuals, employees and business owners.
  • The resilience and teamwork we showed as a nation in navigating the dark months of April and May.
  • The adaptions we made in learning new technologies and working from home, often with children requiring our time and attention.
  • Living without the usual connection to close family members, particularly those residing in care homes.
  • Moving into the post lockdown world, blinking in the light but equipped with new coping mechanisms around how we now manage ourselves (working from home is now much more prevalent) and our businesses (preparing for the unknown with scenario development and cash flow forecasting).

How will we approach the New Year? Certainly with more of a cautious outlook than we did in 2019, I suspect, ready to adapt to whatever is brought upon us and without the false optimism that is typically associated with the start of January. Combat ready – but even fighters need a break!

Enjoy the rest that we deserve. Spare a thought for those less fortunate than ourselves. Come back ready for another round – Round 2021!

Best wishes to all.

Business InsightsA Christmas reflection