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COVID-19 Black Swan

By Eric Johnson In the current COVID-19 crisis, disruptions to the supply chain have become tremendously apparent, as the entire economy shuts down to contain the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. As we move toward a prolonged shutdown, many organizations are looking to do two things: minimize the damage that the supply chain disruption brings and then position the organization to ramp up quickly if the recovery occurs at a rapid pace amid sharply recovering demand. Communicate with your supply chain First and foremost, supply chain leaders should be on daily calls with their suppliers to understand inventory levels, transportation

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By Stephanie Monge-Sherman It’s understandable that many leaders who are new to this likewise relatively novel practice may need some clear and concise suggestions to help them navigate their way through coaching a remote workforce. In coaching, effective communication is a requirement and is arguably the most important tool a leader can possess. That’s why Part One of this two-part series is going to focus solely on tips to facilitate better communication. In part two, we’ll broaden our focus and dive into more generalized, but equally important remote coaching strategies. 6 Tips for Impactful Coaching Communication With Your Remote Workforce 1. Simple and Clear. With

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By Martin Royal As many organizations prepare to encourage their workforce to work remotely, the change of work environment has the potential to impact employee's perception of the organization, of the leaders and of each other. It can be tricky to maintain a level of communication and trust when new remote workers are finding themselves working with other remote colleagues in multiple locations and time zones. One factor that could determine how well your team will work remotely together is that of trust, or the lack of it. How do you maintain trust in a remote environment during a crisis? Encourage your team

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By Kelly Cave and Madison Hanscom While the act of social distancing is crucial in reducing the spread of COVID-19, being separated from human contact can have detrimental effects on mental health and overall wellbeing. The reason people struggle with isolation is that humans evolved as social beings. In other words, we form groups and organizations that extend beyond our individual selves and these groups help us survive. When we are deprived of the social interactions we have evolved to become dependent upon, we become socially isolated. Social isolation has been studied by psychologists for decades, and findings are consistent: isolation has

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By Stephanie Monge-Sherman While your leadership team may be in crisis mode and navigating the best decisions for your people and the business, management is pivoting their teams and adapting leadership styles to a remote workforce. As noted in Part One of this blog series, effective communication is crucial to coaching employees--but remote coaching strategies do not end there. A truly successful approach to remotely coaching a workforce also involves bolstering the mental vitality of your team for better productivity and overall happiness. With this aim in mind, here are 6 additional tips for coaching a remote workforce: 7. Highlight what’s going well. It

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By Josh Williams, Ph.D. “The true test of leadership is how well you function in a crisis.” – Brian Tracy The Importance of Large-Scale Communication Executive leadership skills are tested in crisis. Senior leaders are facing challenges now that not only threaten the survival of their companies but the lives of their employees and those they serve. As you may have noticed, leaders are now sending mass emails out to the public addressing their response to COVID-19. These email blasts represent a great opportunity for leaders to connect directly with the public to share their vision and values during this crisis. Unfortunately, many

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