Weekly Abstract: three vital issues to consider, constructing agility in your organization, 5 questions for a profitable technique, one query for managers, time administration with distant workers

Welcome to my weekly summary of the best of the latest leadership and communication blog posts I've seen in the past week. As you may have noticed, I usually tend to cover broad topics. Given the current business situation and the fact that COVID-19 has changed a lot, I will use the weekly summary as a place to share some of the best resources I see to help managers and communicators find their way around new normalcy with their teams.

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

  • 3 important things to think about in these uncertain times
    By Randy Conley (@RandyConley), leader with confidence

    Some of you may have a little more free time during this time. Make the most of it with immensely valuable consideration and reflection by looking at these three topics.

    "How many times did it take half an hour to think about things before the current pandemic? How many times have you thought about lifestyle changes? New experiences? New dynamics in your life or in the world around you? In general, it is difficult, if not impossible, for many of us to integrate this time into our everyday lives… "
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  • Engage your organization team by team to build agility
    By Elizbeth Doty (@Elizdo via @stratandbiz), Strategy + Business

    Help your employees respond to COVID-19 and future crises by focusing on the established groups that form the core of your business.

    “For some time now, the managers with whom I work have been conceptually aware that they need greater organizational agility. They often talk about the increase in VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) and the required responsiveness. But these conversations sometimes felt a bit abstract or theoretical. In the context of the novel corona virus and its economic, social, personal and political reverberation, such a distance seems almost absurd. How can you lead well in such turbulence … "


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  • Ask these 5 questions to develop a winning strategy
    By Skip Prichard (@SkipPrichard)

    In this interview, Dr. Max McKeown the complexity of the strategy in five big questions.

    "My guest this week at "Aim Higher" is Dr. Max McKeown, sometimes simply called "Dr. Max." He is the author of several books, including The Strategy Book. And he has one of the simplest definitions for one of the most complex issues out there: strategy. In our interview, he said to me that strategy is simple: "The best way to use your available resources to achieve your most desirable goals." That's it. And it sounds like most great wisdom, like basic common sense. But it's one of those concepts that's easy to say, but hard to live with … "
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  • This is the most important question that managers ask during a crisis
    By Terina Allen (@ TerinaAllen1 via @ Forbes), Forbes

    The most important question that managers ask during a crisis is the question they need to ask themselves if they want to be successful. Find out what this question is, along with other important questions you need to ask yourself when you are leading in these times.

    "You see, this is where the rubber hits the street. This type of event shows us what we are made of. These are the moments in life when we can find out if we really have what it takes. And this moment – this crisis – cries out for leadership. You don't have to create a sense of urgency. it stares you straight in the face. You just have to lean and have your power to lead. Can you do it? Are you ready?… ”
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  • Why time signals are still important when working remotely
    By Elana Feldman and Melissa Mazmanian (@elanafeldman via @mitsmr), MIT Sloan Management Review

    Be aware of the signals you send over time with these tips as you manage remote workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

    "There is currently plenty of advice on managing remote workers. Much of it, however, overlooks a critical aspect when switching to virtual work: the loss of everyday time signals. Indications of what people do with their time enable effective coordination and collaboration. If everyone works in different places, these signals become less visible and more difficult to decode … "
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What were some of the key leadership and communication articles you read this week?

– –David Grossman

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