This week’s blog is from the CEO’s Chair as our CEO Claire Revell looks back on 2020 and shares her insights for 2021. Over to you Claire…
For those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving, I hope you had a wonderful holiday. There are less than three weeks before we close out 2020 and many of us cannot wait to say goodbye. We can all agree that this year has been like no other, and the holidays are set to be very different this year too. It goes without saying that this year has brought stacks of uncertainty and far too much sadness. However, today I want to take some time to focus on the positives, reflect on the wins, and focus on what I believe 2021 has in store.
This year Team Intellek has continued to celebrate the wins, even the small ones, both for the team but also for our Client Family. It’s too easy to jump straight onto the next task and reflecting on accomplishments is key. In addition, the team and I have recently shared how much kindness we’ve witnessed this year and a rise in people paying it forward. Friends, co-workers, and family have been learning new skills and testing out new hobbies.
Early on in lockdown we achieved a milestone and celebrated virtually. We also celebrated two of the team becoming Grandparents, our Support Specialist Clinton getting married, the team achieving various Certifications along with the company being selected as finalists for three awards. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for the results which are set to be announced next Spring! Our CTO Julian Tucker’s son Josef wrote a book and as he was born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy this was an incredible achievement.
We celebrated welcoming McMillan back into the Client Family and learned how they’ve been able to make the leap into a fully virtual and much more effective and efficient firm. We’ve also helped many other businesses take that leap to digital transformation in a matter of weeks, and enjoyed celebrating their accomplishments with them.
I’ve been inspired by the survival of other businesses that have had to pivot, and the strength and determination of employees pulling together.
Throughout 2020, prospects and clients have shared what projects are upon them, providing insights into what trends occurred and how 2021 may look like. In a recent blog, we shared how Covid-19 is fast-tracking digital transformation, which is unquestionably a positive outcome. This has been supported by businesses sharing that they have had more time to change systems and roll out new initiatives. Office 365 implementation has been huge, and the collaboration features have been a lifesaver!
We are pleased to hear that many have expressed that 2021 is the year they feel prepared for from a digital perspective to take that full leap to digital transformation and looking at new ways to improve business agility.
Microsoft Teams webinars (or your preferred alternative) fatigue is real! Having said that, reporting shows that attendance is up for remote training and sessions such as ‘cyber-lunches’, due to people wanting to recreate the ‘water cooler’ moments.
Businesses have shared that they now allow employees to use their own devices which has seen an interesting increase in mobile and MAC usage, and once again more software applications are moving to a cloud-based solution, it’s just the way of the world now!
Team Intellek are definitely looking forward to some much needed, and well deserved, time off! I repeatedly share how appreciative I am to have such a fantastic team by my side, but this year they have truly excelled and gone above and beyond. Each department has had to pivot to our client’s needs as the pandemic affected their business, and the team has adapted to new goals and objectives to ensure that we delivered what was necessary.
Team Expansion – Overnight global businesses had to transition to remote working and we needed to expand to ensure we could meet client’s changing requirements, and support new clients investing in learning solutions.
Closure of Offices – During the summer we made the decision to close both the UK and US offices. The team was already working remotely part-time, and as we are growing in various regions and States it didn’t make sense to have any physical offices. In light of being fully remote, I implemented new approaches to leadership to ensure we retained high levels of engagement.
Product Updates – The development team has kept up the momentum and released a myriad of feature enhancements across the product suite. We have implemented new technologies and released a plethora of new eLearning Courses.
Client & Partner Interaction – 2020 saw the return of Client Roundtables and our Client Success team has continued to host monthly Client Family Webinars. In addition, they have implemented a new CRM to align our existing client’s support needs and to streamline the onboarding process as our Client Family expands. As we continue to support businesses in the legal sector, which is our heritage, we re-joined ILTA as a Business Partner and just this last week hosted our first ILTA Product Briefing. Our strategic business partnership with the National Society of Legal Technology has expanded and we’ve recently partnered with KnowBe4 to deliver Security Awareness training.
HR – Our HR department released a benchmarking survey to identify remote working needs and levels of engagements. I’m so proud of the results and it identified how the departmental managers are becoming inspirational leaders. DSE assessments and new Home Working policies and checklists have all been implemented, to ensure the team are fully supported with fully remote working.
Strategy & Innovation – We’ve also crammed in two “Business Strategy” weeks, Challenges and Problem Workshops, and every month we continue with Fr-“idea” Day. One of my favorite quotes is “To do the same thing over and over again, and expect a different result is the definition of insanity!” Enabling the team to have strategy weeks and Fr-“idea” Days, are key to moving the business forward.
Now that would be telling! I can say that we have an abundance of exciting projects and I promise to share more in the New Year! It goes without saying that we will continue to work with new technologies, product integrations and we may have two new products set to be released!
As we continue to plan our journey for what next year will look like, we hope that you find time for your personal and professional development.
On a personal note, I would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to my husband, Jay, and our boys, Jerry and Aaron again this year! While they enjoyed family time during lockdown and the gorgeous weather we had here in the U.K., I spent extensive hours strategizing with the team and learning to adapt to the ever-changing needs from our Client Family. They continue to be understanding and supportive. I’m truly blessed to have them by my side and we’re looking forward to rebooking our family vacations next year, South Africa we’re coming back soon I promise!!
Lastly, I want to finish up by saying it’s an honor and a privilege to have such incredible Business Partners and Client Family. A HUGE thank you to all. We have once again accomplished some astonishing goals this year, and I’m so excited for what the future holds. BRING ON 2021!!
Happy Holidays! Stay safe and stay healthy.