Guest Post

What a Year it Has Been

by Steve McKee

Invigorating. Challenging. Frightening. Exciting. Discouraging. I wouldn't be surprised if everyone in business experienced all of those emotions (and more) over the past twelve months (fifteen, really. Okay, eighteen). Few of us want to see a repeat of 2009 anytime soon.

That said, I suspect that in a decade or two, when any of us pause for a moment to reflect on our careers, we'll view the events of 2009 as among our greatest learning experiences. For my company, is a case in point.

It came to life based on a simple premise: if enough of us could overcome our fears and determine to move forward despite the recessionary waves billowing all around us, we could together bring this economic tempest to an end. was meant to be a port in the storm, a simple gathering place providing a brief respite and a daily dose of encouragement.

We launched the site October 1, the first day of the fourth quarter of the worst economic year in our lifetimes. Our commitment was to keep the port open through the end of the year, a time which has quickly arrived. Our economy is not out of the woods yet, and what will become of this site we're not sureā€”its useful life has certainly not ended. What is certain is how encouraging it has proved to be, not only to all of the new friends that have stopped by but to its creators as well.

Whether this is your first visit to or your fiftieth, I encourage you to scroll through the dozens of guest posts and revisit the encouraging "factoids" that have been shared each day for the past three months. If you have any doubts about the resilience and creativity of American business, they'll quickly fade away.

What next? Keep your chin up, your face set like flint towards the future, and your determination unflinching. Once you find your nerve, never let it go.

Here's to the future.

Steve McKee is the author of When Growth Stalls: How It Happens, Why You're Stuck & What To Do About It, Jossey-Bass, 2009. He is also President of McKee Wallwork Cleveland, a full-service integrated advertising agency.

  1. Well done, Steve!
    Here’s a toast and a huge thanks to you and all your guest writers.
    Wishing everyone the very best in the coming year,
    Sylvia, Seams to You!

    Comment by Sylvia Leinweber — 12/30/2009 @ 10:20 AM

  2. Awesome take on the year. Let’s keep it moving FORWARD in 2010. Steve, the best to you and yours. Looking forward to business growth next year.

    Comment by Susan Saurage-Altenloh — 12/31/2009 @ 1:48 PM

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