When you expect a sprint, but get a marathon: insights on the lockdown anniversary from the c-suite

On March 11, 2020, there were 118,000 cases of the coronavirus in over 110 countries around the world, with a significant risk of further global spread, and a pandemic was named. In the US, 22 U.S. deaths had occurred and some 500 cases had been reported. One month later, the number of fatalities had jumped to 14,000 with over 430,000 cases, and companies here and around the globe raced to put longer-term arrangements in place. Those two-week work-from-home and special-arrangement estimates were already far in the rearview mirror.

One year | 12 months | 365 days | 8760 hours later, the pandemic has laid waste to so much. And yet, many people, many organizations have persevered, despite all the pandemic has thrown in their path.

We asked leaders from a variety of organizations and backgrounds about how they have – and continue – to weather the onslaught. Perhaps not surprising, one answer frequently emerged: resilience. But their definition and impetus for this resilience had dramatically evolved. Here’s what they had to say, in their own words.