Harnessing Opportunity – Vol. 1

25 June 2020

We are living through a tumultuous time (to say the least). Every day seems to bring a new major news story; it’s sometimes easy to forget that we are in the middle of a global pandemic. Yet, this unprecedented instability has created a new energy. Everywhere we look there are conversations happening about re-thinking and re-structuring the world we live in. Be it business, race, health, economics, gender, politics, sexuality – we have the opportunity to turn the turmoil into rapid progressive change, but only if we push for it. I hope you find this week’s resources the motivation you need to make impactful change at your organization.

All the best,

Doug


Racial Justice in our Organizations

Despite being in the throws of a global pandemic, it is the topic of racism that is at the forefront of our minds. Many of us are venturing into a much overdue conversation about our role in combating racism, and your organization should be doing the same. Harvard Business Review provides us with some tips on how to restructure our organizations to advance racial justice

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LGBTQ+ in the Workplace

With all of the current turbulence, it has been easy to lose sight that we are currently in the middle of Pride Month. While matters of race are dominating our collective minds, we cannot lose sight of other marginalized communities, their interconnectedness, and what our organizations need to do to create wholly inclusive spaces. McKinsey & Company has put together a thorough report on how the LGBTQ+ community fairs in the workplace and the challenges that continue to exist.

The Greater Good

In times of crisis, what comes first? Our personal needs? Or those of the Greater Good? What sacrifices need to be made? What sacrifices are we willing to make? What even is the Greater Good? These are just some of the questions explored in this week’s episode of the TED Radio Hour from NPR.

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Barriers to Inclusivity

It is proven that diversity in the workplace increases innovation, promotes new ways of thinking and ultimately improves financial performance; yet, many organizations continue to fall short when it comes to creating inclusive workplaces. We must first understand the barriers that are in place before we can make meaningful change, fortunately McKinsey & Company has compiled the data to help us better understand these barriers.

Strategy Pitfalls

The COVID-19 crisis has forced most organizations to change their strategy on the fly in order to stay agile. While this provides a world of opportunities to transform your organization for the better, there are a number of pitfalls that must be avoided. Harvard Business Review outlines six of these pitfalls to avoid in this recent article.


Navigating the Crisis – A Reminder

As a reminder, or in case you missed it, I wanted to provide you the link to my free, self-directed, Online Leadership Course “Navigating the Crisis – and Beyond!” 

During these times, having the tools and knowledge to lead in a crisis can make the difference between catastrophic failure and unprecedented progress. I hope you take the time to explore the course.


Your Moment of Levity

In such unstable and polarized times, we often need a reminder of the things that connect us as human beings. In this week’s moment of levity, musician Bobby McFerrin shows us the power of music and it’s place in our collective experience.


 

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