We are bracing ourselves for unwelcome news. With COVID-19 cases rising dramatically again, the reimposition of social restrictions is inevitable. More curfews, closures, and lockdowns are being considered. This is not the beginning of the end, either.

There is perhaps some solace in the fact that ‘we are all in this together’ but it is obvious that while we may all be experiencing the same storm, we are certainly not all in the same boat.

To existing anxiety about the future, therefore, is added further uncertainty. What quality of life can we expect in 2021 and beyond?     

Nowhere is this strain more evident than in our relationships, both personal and professional. As a business relationship consultant, I can confirm that most alliances have become more distanced (despite the consolation of Zoom et al.) and real connectedness has diminished.

This can have direct consequences – reviews, contract renegotiations, actual breakdowns. There are also the dangers of relationship drift that are not immediately apparent, like when a musical instrument slips out of tune. Clients who feel forgotten may not bite you today, but they will.

Re-double your efforts to nurture your key business relationships. The coming weeks will make this more important than ever. And if you need any help, please get in touch www.bigfootconsulting.co.uk