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FEATURED ARTICLE for the week of July 6, 2020

Axios – Coronavirus May Prompt Migration Out of American Cities

The pandemic is causing nearly one-third of Americans to consider a move out of the big cities to less densely populated areas. Has that thought crossed your mind, too?.


Leading the Self


The Atlantic – Quarantine Fatigue Is Real

Instead of an all-or-nothing approach to risk prevention, Americans need a manual on how to have a life in a pandemic.

Linked In – The Most Powerful Leadership Principle Aboard the Corona-Coaster

Compassion and self-compassion are the most important elements of leadership during this rapidly shifting time. – Why Our Brains are Hardwired to Focus on the Negative

Negative events abound and have a greater impact on your brain than positive ones, and impact your behavior (and not in a good way). But you can change that. This article shows you how.

NY Times –  Leaders Are Crying on the Job: Maybe That’s a Good Thing

Crying on the job, especially in politics, used to be considered a liability. Now, not so much.

LinkedIn – The Most Powerful Leadership Principle Aboard the Corona-Coaster

Compassion and self-compassion are the most important elements of leadership during this rapidly shifting time. – 7 Ways To Be Resilient in the Face of Fear

What does it mean to be resilient? Daily ways to build our resilient selves.

Quillette – Beware Your Innate Pessimist

“Excessive pessimism is in no one’s interest. We have evolved to prioritize bad news. What can we do about that?

HBR – How History’s Great Leaders Managed Anxiety  

Historically, how have leaders inspired others and managed their own anxiety in the face of social challenges similar to todays? This interview offers some insights.


Freakonomics Radio – Reasons to Be Cheerful

Humans have a built-in “negativity bias,” which means we give bad news much more power than good. Would the Covid-19 crisis be an opportune time to reverse this tendency?

HBR – Dear HBR: Challenging the Boss

Do you fear to speak frankly with your supervisor? Dan and Alison answer your questions with the help of Liz Kislik, a management consultant and executive coach. They talk through what to do when your boss micromanages your output, you want to set boundaries for better work-life balance, or your new supervisor is eagerly volunteering your team for too many projects.


Leading the Team


verywellmind – How Different Generations Are Responding to COVID-19   

Reports suggest that there are generational differences in how people are responding to this public health crisis. – How to Work with a Multigenerational Team   

For the first time in modern history, five generations are interacting at work.

National Geographic – ‘Zoom fatigue’ is taxing the brain. Here’s why that happens.   

Video calls seemed an elegant solution to remote work, but they wear on the psyche in complicated ways.

Forbes – How To Host Virtual Meetings That Truly Engage Participants

To keep people engaged during an online meeting, you have to take an active approach and really think through the content you’ll be sharing and the ways in which you’ll share it.

readwrite – How Technology Can Humanize Workdays and Why That Matters

In the weeks following the explosion of COVID-19 cases and work-from-home orders, employment engagement issues have become more critical.

Smithsonian Magazine – Why Video Calls Are Surprisingly Exhausting

People reporting “Zoom fatigue” find themselves mentally exhausted after what can be hours of staring at a grid of close-up portraits of friends or colleagues.

National Geographic – Are We Coping with Social Distancing? Psychologists Are Watching Warily

We’re attempting to stay in touch while alone. Social scientists are concerned that there will be a toll on mental health.

Forbes – Calm Is Contagious And Other Tenets for Effective Communication in a Crisis

In a crisis, clear, calm communication is key. Your calm will be contagious.



Leading the Organization


Inc. – Reopening Your Business: 3 Ways to Thrive in the Long-Term

Companies that are going to pass the test are going to develop better cultures and more loyalty.

McKinsey & Company To Emerge from the COVID-19 Crisis, Companies Should Start Reskilling Their Workforces Now

The toughest leadership challenge is already looming: how to bring a business back in an environment where a vaccine has yet to be found and economies are still reeling. – The Evolution of the Employee

The concept of what an employee should be has been evolving. This change has been quite slow but COVID-19 has made this evolution a present-day reality.

Forbes – Why Do Women Make Such Good Leaders during COVID-19?

“We are accustomed to hearing that women are more other-directed and emotionally intelligent, which is actually proven in research. But, it turns out women are just as good and sometimes better at some of what we think of as male qualities, like being decisive and making tough calls.”

McKinsey & Company – Tuning In, Turning Outward: Cultivating Compassionate Leadership in a Crisis

Four qualities–awareness, vulnerability, empathy, and compassion–are critical for business leaders to care for people in crisis and set the stage for business.

s+b – Pride and the Pandemic

Will your company’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic create institutional pride or destroy it? 

The Guardian – COVID-19 Proves It: Unity is the Only Remedy for 21st Century Global Crises

The problems of this century will be global and they will be intimate. Our culture of division cannot stand.

McKinsey & Company –  Responding-to-Corona Virus-The-Minimum-Viable-Nerve-Center

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, companies need a crisis response coordinated by top management that gives experts and managers the autonomy to implement creative, pragmatic solutions.

McKinsey & Company – COVID-19-Facts-and-Insights-March-16

This In-depth document is meant to help senior leaders understand the COVID-19 situation and how it may unfold, and take steps to protect their employees, customers, supply chains, and financial results.

McKinsey & Company – The future is not what it used to be: Thoughts on the shape of the next normal 

The coronavirus crisis is a world-changing event. Here are seven elements for business leaders to consider as they plan for the next normal.


McKinsey & Company – COVID-19: Strategies for Getting Ahead of the Pandemic Crisis

Even as organizations focus on the immediate business shocks, they need to plan for the postcrisis world. Here is how to respond to a disruption for which there are no playbooks.


Family as the Ultimate Team


The New Yorker – “This is What Happens to Couples under Stress” An Interview with Esther Perel

The therapist, author, and podcast host offers wisdom on navigating romantic relationships under quarantine.

National Geographic – Keeping Children Fit While Stuck Inside

Ideas for making exercise fun for kids—and maybe even yourself as part of sheltering at home.


The Science of Happiness Helping Kids Think About the Good, Episode 25

Sheltering at home with kids? These questions can help them, and us, reflect on the good things in life. A great exercise and conversation starter at home.

The Science of Happiness Remembering to Breathe, Episode 24

How a Doctor uses very easy, in-the-moment breathing exercises to stay calm and centered during times of uncertainty, one breath at a time. They’re great for the family as well.


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


HBR –  Toward a Racially Just Workplace

Diversity efforts are failing black employees. Here are four ways to lead the change.

McKinsey –  Diversity Still Matters

The clear benefits of inclusion and diversity don’t change in a crisis. In the midst of COVID and heightened concern about racial injustice, how can companies be bolder in fostering belonging?

HBR –  The Day-to-Day Work of Diversity and Inclusion

What needs to change to create a racially inclusive workplace? The head of AirBnb’s Global Diversity and Belonging has some insights.

Ever-Evolving – Guide to Allyship

An evolving open-source guide to becoming a more effective ally.

MediumHow to Make This Moment the Turning Point for Real Change

Barack Obama comments on how we can sustain real momentum for change.

Fast Company 7 Important Books for Building an Anti-Racist Workplace

Educate yourself about privilege and the history of racism to create a truly inclusive workplace. 

Medium75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

Many of us wonder what we might do to advance racial justice. Here are 75 ways to get you thinking and acting. This article is continually updated for relevance.

Fast Company To Fight Systemic Racism, Protest ‘Leadership’–Not Just Leaders

Models of leadership promote a style that is sometimes harmful and even antisocial. How can how we humanize leadership and consider what’s being valued?