Weekly Roundup: Classes for Communicators, Return to Work Issues, Insights into Innovation and Creativeness, Approaches to Enterprise Technique, Inspiration for Executives

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the best of the latest leadership and communication blog posts I've seen over the past week. Given the current business situation today and how much has changed as a result COVID-19 I continue to advocate racial justice and continue to use the weekly round-up as a place to share some of the best resources I see to help leaders and communicators overcome these challenges with their teams.

This week's roundup of this week's leadership and communication blogs:

  • Lessons from the Frontline: What Communicators Can Learn from the Minneapolis Riots
    By Paul Omodt, ABC, APR, PRSA staff, MBC, SCMP (@PGOmodt via @IABC), IABC

    Paul Omodt and his communications team offered the Minnesota governor's office a plan and recommendations after discovering a lack of local and state communications in the days following George Floyd's death. Her plan included 10 simple concepts for crisis communication.

    "The eyes of the world turned to Minneapolis on Monday, May 25, 2020, to witness the shocking murder of George Floyd. This wasn't the first time the ugly face of racism and a city's inability to address a systematic problem had emerged. What followed were days of large and mostly respectful and peaceful protests, as well as inflammatory behavior in which hundreds of buildings in Minneapolis were burned down and destroyed. As a native of Minneapolis, those first days and nights after George Floyd's murder were a mixture of emotions that ranged from anger to sadness to disenchantment. In my view, as a communications professional, Minneapolis and the Minnesota state government needed to significantly improve communications direction, management, or strategy in the days after Floyd's death… "

  • Return to work: opportunities, pitfalls for employers
    From Tara Wolckenhauer on Human Resource Executive (@HRExecMag)

    The most important considerations for returning to work include communication, explanation of the reason and creativity, transparency and flexibility.

    "Navigating the current global health event is one of the greatest business challenges of our time. Today's employers have the primary responsibility of figuring out how to adapt traditional ways of working to be good for both companies and people, and in helping define new approaches. As government restrictions gradually ease, the most urgent need to determine when and how – if at all – the complex task of getting back to work should begin … "

  • Why business strategy has to be more flexible now than ever before
    By David Mackay via Oxford University Press (@OUPAcademic)

    Because the state of the environment is constantly changing during these times of uncertainty, a flexible approach is required for optimal results.

    “In these unusual times, we need more flexible approaches to business strategy than ever. Strategy is generally viewed as a roadmap that describes how to get from A to B. Usually created by the upper levels of an organization, “having a strategy” means that there is an agreed master plan that coordinates organizational efforts and the use of resources. The strategic plan contains a coherent set of guidelines that define how operational decisions and actions are to achieve the desired long-term results. This "cascading" planned strategy approach is updated regularly and is intuitively appealing to the sequence and control that it promises the organization managers … "

  • 5 tips for inspiring leadership
    By Karlin Sloan (@SloanLeaders via @greatleadership), Great Leadership

    Get five tips to align yourself and your company with the goal of being a truly inspirational leader.

    "As a leadership development consultant, I have spent my career with people in corporate, non-governmental, government, and nonprofit organizations who are focused, competent, talented, and have a deep sense of their personal power to influence those around them. The same people have been having doubts lately. They question their ability to run their businesses through increasingly challenging times. They doubt their ability to protect their loved ones in a world with ecological, health and social crises. And they question the ability of our collective human family to solve the problems we face on a global scale… ”


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