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01.07 | Thomas Williams
Pandemic networking: Be stingy with your time

While hope catches up with reality, some of us have adapted and made the best out of the networking that has been available. From someone who has experienced nearly every attempt at online handshaking and congregation, here are the five things I look for before allocating time to an event.

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09.23 | Denise Kohnke
CEO Influenza?

If our CEO survey is any indication, the “can-do” spirit is still alive and well. As cultural Venn diagrams representing now and the near future collide – COVID, FLU, ELECTION, BLM – resiliency seems to be many CEO’s medicine du jour.

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06.30 | Adam Vasquez
The Confidence Market

Thanks to COVID-19, we're all relearning how to do the things we were once experts at. We’re relearning our relationships and how we interact. We’re relearning how to be a customer, teacher, CEO, marketer, sales executive, investor, ect. And with everything happening so fast, the relearning curve is extra steep.

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By Denise Kohnke
All Of The Other Marketing Books Are Crap

Is it possible to love marketing and advertising while still acknowledging that it is wrought with many hateful things that make you question your existential sanity? Yes. This book can save you. You’re welcome.

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06.20 | Harvard Business Review
How Reskilling Can Soften the Economic Blow of Covid-19

In the early months of 2020, millions of workers worldwide were laid off as the Covid-19 pandemic shuttered entire industries. Yet not all industries suffered contractions: the healthcare sector, for instance, saw demand grow, as did schools, in some parts of the world, and online retail.

06.02 | Denise Kohnke
Acting Fast

You’ve likely heard the term “first movers” in the context of new sector growth. Moving first to take advantage of opportunistic pathways thanks to COVID-19 is almost a new sector unto itself. One website we love, CovidInnovations.com, is a global gathering of hundreds of new products, new apps, new wrinkles to existing services all in the name of the new world.

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Consumers are being forced to change their behaviour because of COVID-19. Which of these could last after the restrictions are lifted?

Listen, Learn
Reid Hoffman
Masters of Scale

The best startup advice from Silicon Valley & beyond. Iconic CEOs — from Nike to Netflix, Starbucks to Slack — share the stories & strategies that helped them grow from startups into global brands.

06.14 | Denise Kohnke

Everyone defaults to denial at some point. It’s the brain’s way of lining up all of our implicit biases and testing them against harsh realities. Ironically, it’s because we’re trying to make sense of things with mental shortcuts. Now, in the time of COVID-19, as we all feel the need to move fast, CEOs might want to be especially mindful of biases, especially the biases that support denial and impede invention during crisis.

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04.02 | Fast Company
Forget returning to work as ‘normal’—this is what should take its place

The founders of a culture consultancy say we may have just unintentionally stumbled into the virtual reality training in empathy our world has needed.

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06.02 | World Economic Forum
5 ways COVID-19 has changed workforce management

The world’s response to COVID-19 has resulted in the most rapid transformation of the workplace. Working from home has become the new normal, and we’ve gone from digitizing the relationship between firm and customer to digitizing the relationship between employer and employee.

6.18 | Denise Kohnke

What might be the hardest part of being a leader? The expectation of fearlessness, as in the whole “fearless leader” facade. Crushing, isn’t it?

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