Weekly Abstract: How leaders can honor June 19 and past, construct totally different groups, lead by disaster and uncertainty

Welcome to my weekly summary of the best leadership and communication blog posts I've seen recently. As we move through the COVID 19 pandemic and social crises, we wanted to share some of the most thoughtful and compelling resources so that you, as leaders, can respond courageously and compassionately, and take positive action as an organization.

This week's blog and blog post on leadership and communication:

  • Beyond the 19th century: Business leaders have to pave the way for economic justice
    By Ryan Williams via Fortune (@FortuneMagazine)

    Cadre's CEO, Ryan Williams, shares his personal story and uses his voice to bring about and inspire lasting change.

    "Juneteenth is of particular importance this year as demands for justice have increased following the murder of George Floyd by a police officer who has since been charged with murder. I've spent most of my professional career staying relatively calm about how the race affected my life because it's a deeply personal issue. In the past few weeks, however, I have found that my role offers me a platform where I can share my experiences, personalize the pain so many experience, and be a voice for change… "

  • Remember to fly the plane – 5 principles for leading in a crisis
    By Randy Conley (@RandyConley via @LeaderChat), Blanchard LeaderChat

    Get 5 key principles from Captain Sullenberger's experience that we can all apply when we are in crisis.

    "In the afternoon of January 15, 2009, Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger piloted US Airways Flight 1549. The flight was to fly from LaGuardia Airport in New York City to Charlotte Douglas and then on to Seattle-Tacoma. Shortly after takeoff, the aircraft met a flock of Canadian geese, which resulted in the aircraft losing all engine power. Captain Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles successfully landed on the Hudson River in New York City, and all 155 people on board were safely rescued … "

  • How to be successful as a manager with uncertainty, ambiguity and change
    By Joel Garfinkle (@JoelGarfinkle via @SmartBrief and @SBLeaders), SmartBrief

    Here are 5 tips on how to lead your team through uncertainty. Leaders are lighthouses in these stormy times.

    "Insecurity makes us deeply uncomfortable. It plays an important role in creating stress, followed by the negative effects of this stress. According to a 2017 article in Progress in Neurobiology, the insecure brain demands more energy from the body until the body becomes overwhelmed and has various mental and physical consequences. Researchers call this phenomenon the "selfish brain" because it will eagerly deprive the body of its energy to find certainty in uncertainty. The brain enters a hypervigilant state that requires additional cerebral energy… ”


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