We Asked Our Mentors:

Although businesses have always had to think about how the market is shifting and how to adapt, how important will this be in 2021 as we get more accustomed to the effects of the pandemic?

“Origins of the pandemic arose because nature was out of balance. We are in a new era for climate action. We will see those wanting to go back to the way there it was before. It will be interesting to see the tensions that arise out of the difference.”

“The impacts are going to have everlasting effects. Things will stay for a while in this limbo, the not knowing when are we going to be out of lockdown? I predict we’ll have another nine months of this “in between” era. Then, I think in 2022 there will be a reverse problem, where we adapted to COVID, and then we will have to re-adapt to in-person services. “

“The world has gotten a lot bigger for employment opportunities because of the ability/willingness to work remotely. Companies will need to find ways to get visibility in the labour markets if they are hiring so they can attract talent around the world. Folks looking for jobs will have to learn to look beyond their own cities. Great opportunities from the labour market perspective.”

Mary Granskou

Hari Stirbet

Bill Scott

“For those who always said, “it worked for them before,” and they did not change, they will have to start adapting.”

“Business owners will be challenged to maintain all the channels they’ve opened up like a web channel, retail, amazon, delivery, and pick up, and curbside pickup, because they will continue. People will still be concerned about COVID. Every business will still need to know how to do this – and do it well.”

“If you have an international business and you export, you will have to consider the COVID rules and regulations of where you are exporting to. Businesses will have to align to their behaviors when they start to open up.”

Patricia Muir

Michael Kimeda

Bob Embleton

“Comfort level of businesses and individuals will change. Businesses will have to adapt what their customers will want and what is right for them at the time. Not every business or consumer will be prepared to ‘switch on’ like a light switch. It will be gradual as peoples’ comfort levels evolve.”

“I think clients are trying to figure out what changes will last and what will go back to “normal” and what will the new “normal” look like.”

“People will continue to want increased flexibility and choice in everything they do/experience.”

Jakki Prince

Saskia Brussaard

Stacey Curry Gunn

“Problem solving and resilience will continue to be the skill set that will prevail.”

“The pandemic has exposed gaps in the business strategies and leadership. Those were there before, but “business as usual” enabled those gaps to be accepted. In 2021 priorities will be addressed to accelerate growth following the pandemic.”

“I feel like right now in 2021, the seeds are being planted for major disruptive businesses that’ll show up in the upcoming years…businesses will get more niche and luxe – think niche tourism, interest in health, a whole new kind of restaurant experience.”

Nancy Carroll

Chris Fletcher

Jennifer Andrews

We Asked Our Mentors:

Although businesses have always had to think about how the market is shifting and how to adapt, how important will this be in 2021 as we get more accustomed to the effects of the pandemic?

“Origins of the pandemic arose because nature was out of balance. We are in a new era for climate action. We will see those wanting to go back to the way there it was before. It will be interesting to see the tensions that arise out of the difference.”

Mary Granskou

“The impacts are going to have everlasting effects. Things will stay for a while in this limbo, the not knowing when are we going to be out of lockdown? I predict we’ll have another nine months of this “in between” era. Then, I think in 2022 there will be a reverse problem, where we adapted to COVID, and then we will have to re-adapt to in-person services. “

Hari Stirbet

“The world has gotten a lot bigger for employment opportunities because of the ability/willingness to work remotely. Companies will need to find ways to get visibility in the labour markets if they are hiring so they can attract talent around the world. Folks looking for jobs will have to learn to look beyond their own cities. Great opportunities from the labour market perspective.”

Bill Scott

“For those who always said, “it worked for them before,” and they did not change, they will have to start adapting.”

Patricia Muir

“Business owners will be challenged to maintain all the channels they’ve opened up like a web channel, retail, amazon, delivery, and pick up, and curbside pickup, because they will continue. People will still be concerned about COVID. Every business will still need to know how to do this – and do it well.”

Michael Kimeda

“If you have an international business and you export, you will have to consider the COVID rules and regulations of where you are exporting to. Bussinesses will have to align to their behaviors when they start to open up.”

Bob Embleton

“Comfort level of businesses and individuals will change. Businesses will have to adapt what their customers will want and what is right for them at the time. Not every business or consumer will be prepared to ‘switch on’ like a light switch. It will be gradual as peoples’ comfort levels evolve.”

Jakki Prince

“I think clients are trying to figure out what changes will last and what will go back to “normal” and what will the new “normal” look like.”

Saskia Brussaard

“People will continue to want increased flexibility and choice in everything they do/experience.”

Stacey Curry Gunn

“Problem solving and resilience will continue to be the skill set that will prevail.”

Nancy Carroll

“The pandemic has exposed gaps in the business strategies and leadership. Those were there before, but “business as usual” enabled those gaps to be accepted. In 2021 priorities will be addressed to accelerate growth following the pandemic.”

Chris Fletcher

“I feel like right now in 2021, the seeds are being planted for major disruptive businesses that’ll show up in the upcoming years…businesses will get more niche and luxe – think niche tourism, interest in health, a whole new kind of restaurant experience.”

Jennifer Andrews