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By Madison Hanscom, Ph.D.During a time of hardship, it is easy to forget the recognition and development of your workforce. It might feel like you are trying to survive each day until normalcy is regained. In addition, finances are likely tight, and monetary rewards are out of the question. However, a time of crisis is an opportunity for growth and should not be overlooked. Fortunately, employees appreciate recognition that is not in the form of money, and this can go a long way with morale, job performance, and safety outcomes. Leaders should acknowledge that times are difficult and take the time

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By Josh Williams, Ph.D. ​“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” - Proverb “And I get on my knees and pray. We won’t get fooled again.” - The Who ​It’s difficult to even consider preparing for a second wave of COVID-19 in the fall. We are collectively dazed and confused with the tidal wave of chaos brought on by the CoronaVirus. Lives have been lost, jobs have evaporated, and we continue to worry about friends and loved ones. We’re just starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel as the first bits of good news

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By Eric Johnson ​As an essential service, utilities will continue functioning within the near future, barring any significant updates from the medical community. As a result, significant near-term changes to how operations will be conducted should be considered both from a current state perspective, and a “re-opening” perspective i.e. when businesses are allowed to serve the general public once again, most likely on some sort of staggered basis. COVID-19 and the Utilities Industry: Protecting Workers and Safety Social distancing and other pandemic-limiting efforts will put constraints on line workers' ability to work as a team and to perform essential services.  Some utilities have turned

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by Martin Royal I was discussing with a friend last week about how, in the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis, her 1,000+ strong global architecture company established a crisis management team. They established this team to explore how they would respond to the unfolding crisis. The team evolved organically as different stakeholders were brought in to understand the impact the crisis might have on different parts of the business. The team began holding, and continues to hold, daily huddles to monitor progress, projects, and deadlines and assess any changes. It was a rapid response to the unfolding crisis that allowed

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By KyoungHee Choi Let’s face it. Most entrepreneurs are struggling amid this COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. The longer it continues, the more business will be crippled by the crisis and might not be able to recover. We are facing an unprecedented storm. Everyone is faced with incredible uncertainty. While businesses are rapidly adjusting their business plans, and working to quickly adapt to a new reality, it becomes critically important to focus on defensive moves that will maintain cash flow and long-term relationships with clients. Equally as important is the need to continuously find time to innovate, rethink business models and find new opportunities that

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By Eric Michrowski There's an old aphorism that is apocryphally attributed to Abraham Lincoln, which deals with the subject of cutting down a tree. 'Give me six hours to chop down a tree,' the saying goes, 'and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.' Various other versions of the saying exist, changing the times involved, but all with the same central thesis: use the majority of the time allotted to prepare for the task. Lincoln – or whomever the anonymous woodcutter at the root of this statement is – has oft been credited with an insightful observation about the necessity

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