Leadership In Times of Crisis – Vol. 1

26 March 2020

As governments around the world continue to order businesses closed and tighten restrictions on our day-to-day lives, we have no choice but to continue to adjust both personally and professionally. This enormous shift in the global ethos provides us with a unique opportunity to question things that had previously been protected from examination by layers of tradition and normalcy. Questions, that on the surface may seem to be about the immediate situation, could provide answers and solutions with long-term implications. I hope you find some insight in the links below.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a multitude of unexpected consequences, notably a global experiment in reshaping the way we work and live. The Washington Post explores the ways businesses are adjusting on the fly to accommodate a world of self-isolation and social distancing. But who is best positioned to weather the storm?

In 2015 Bill Gates warned us that we weren’t prepared for the next outbreak. Flash forward to March of 2020 and it is evident that we should have listened to him a little more closely.

While nations like South Korea and Taiwan have been successful in beginning to ‘flatten the curve’ of the COVID-19 outbreak, it is evident that the United States’ approach is failing (with Canada leaning more towards the latter than the former). Check out Tuesday’s episode of The Daily, a podcast from the New York Times to gain some insight on the importance of strong leadership in times of crisis.

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The way we do business has been thrown a curveball and it seems as though remote work is our reality for the immediate (and potentially long-term) future. Luckily, Harvard Business Review has addressed 15 Questions About Remote Work. How do we manage such a sudden shift?

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As statistics and government policy dominate the headlines, the emotional toll of the COVID-19 pandemic can easily be overlooked. Check out this TED conversation with Harvard Medical School psychologist Susan David, as she discusses emotional agility and How To Be Your Best Self in a Time of Crisis.


Your Moment of Levity

In times of such uncertainty, it is more imperative than ever to schedule some self-care into your day. To help, each week we will be providing you with something a little lighter – a moment of levity – to take your mind off the news.

Today, something that may become all too familiar in the coming weeks…

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