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Leading the workforce of the (uncertain) future

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, businesses and leaders are learning to operate in new ways, absorb the shock and come out of the crisis in a better position than their competitors. Relying on hope is not a good strategy at the best of times, and particularly in a business environment where a successful restart will require more than just re-opening the doors, leaders need to remain resilient and adapt to the new business as usual. For millions, the crisis means that they are at risk of redundancies, pay cut or furlough, if they have not experienced it already. At the same time, many industries are experiencing shortages as people are unable to return to work due to health-related iss

Turning the crisis into an opportunity for innovation

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented change. Whilst a crisis has a negative impact on many levels, it is also the time of accelerated innovation. History has shown us many examples of incredible agility as people and businesses adapted to previously unseen events and circumstances. Following the explosion of the oxygen tank on Apollo 13, NASA’s third moon-landing mission in 1970, engineers were quick to devise ingenious solutions to bring the astronauts safely back to Earth. The oxygen tank exploded 56 hours into the flight, damaging the spacecraft, but the crew were able to seek cramped shelter in the lunar module before returning to the command module for an uncomfortable splashdown.

Returning to business as unusual

As countries worldwide are slowly starting to ease the coronavirus restrictions, businesses are finding their ways to adapt to the future. But even as things start to improve, it is unlikely that things will return to business as usual. Leaders now need to find the balance in navigating this difficult transition, impacted by both - the state of mind and financial health of the business, its employees, and customers. A successful restart will require quick and bold decision making, on many independent issues simultaneously. Decision making will need to be driven by speed, flexibility and simplicity as businesses and people adjust to the new environment. Health and safety first With so many un

The role of the leader in supporting employee mental health

The levels of uncertainty we are currently facing economically, personally and professionally, combined with the sudden shift to working from home and being isolated from our social groups, are having a significant impact on employee mental health. Whilst we can adapt to change, a change during a crisis is different and this is not a usual working from home scenario – it is crisis management. Compassion and acceptance for self and others is an essential leadership skill, and especially in times like these, leaders need to remind themselves and their teams that we cannot change the past, but we can change how we perceive it and how we look to the future. Keeping the virtual office door open C

 

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