Take 60 Seconds and Save Yourself Hours

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Are your people on target? These days, no leader has enough time.Not enough time for work.  For family.  Or for oneself.Here’s today’s reality for most leaders:Take your job description from December 2019.Add 50% more work and responsibility due to COVID-19.Now try to get it all done in the same amount of time.Are we doing what needs to be done?With all that COVID-19 has brought to leaders, it’s enough these days…

Time to Look Down

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Do you know how things are? For many leaders, the coronavirus will be a career-defining moment.And unless your company was a master at scenario and/or strategic planning, for the most part, it’s been learning by doing. And that’s not a criticism.  It just is. Focusing upward and outwardRegardless of where you are in the organizational hierarchy, you’ve likely not had time for much else other than your historic responsibilities and the…

Will You Stomp the Box?

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Time to Think Way Outside While working from home has become normal or nearly normal for some, will it continue to be part of the next normal?  And what does that mean for you as a leader?Back in April, The Conference Board surveyed 152 human capital leaders in US-based organizations.  The report’s findings included the following:More than 75% of respondents expect an increase in full-time employees working remotely at least…

And Are Your People Ready?

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Working in the Next Normal Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay So by now your organization’s workforce:a) has returned to work;b) started to return to work;c) are planning their eventual return to work; ord) has always been at work (with a personal shoutout to my wife and all the other nurses!)No doubt, you and your team have been planning how to make the workplace as safe as possible. So let’s say that’s…

Did You See COVID-19 Coming?

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Avoiding the Curse of Cassandra In Greek mythology, Cassandra is wooed by the god Apollo, who grants her the ability to see the future.  However, she doesn’t return his affection, and in true Greek-myth-godlike response, he curses her with not being believed. So she can see the future, but no one will believe her.She later warns the Trojans about the Greeks hiding in the Trojan Horse, and true to form, the…

Communicating During a Crisis

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3 Valuable Resources Leaders are being challenged to communicate effectively under these stressful, complex, ever-changing conditions. For many, it’s their first time doing so during a company-wide, nation-wide crisis. We thought readers of our 60-Second Read would find the following three resources helpful: Communicating Through the Coronavirus Crisis.  From Harvard Business Review, a 5-step framework for your communication strategy.  (Note: HBR has a paywall, but your first 3 articles per…

The Coronavirus and the Covey Matrix

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Why it’s easy to forget what’s not urgent but important A great tool for many leaders is the Covey Matrix, also known as the Eisenhower Decision Matrix: It’s a great tool for leaders (and everyone else) to decide what work to focus on, and in so doing, how to allocate your time. Some quick definitionsImportance is the level of the work’s importance for your organization / company / department.Urgency is…
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