THE BASICS

What You Need to Know about the Virus and Its Spread

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Mark Honigsbaum, Andrew Noymer and Olivia Honigsbaum

The Covid Files 1: Corona by Numbers

Comparing COVID-19 to the 1918 Spanish flu reveals useful strategies to mitigate deadly viral outbreaks.

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Mark Honigsbaum and Thomas Dixon

The Covid Files 2: How Are You Feeling?

How we cope with negative feelings could be the key to surviving COVID-19, as our emotions go viral.

Zinc Media
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Mark Honigsbaum, Hannah Mawdsley and Jeremy Farrar

Pandemics Past and Present with Jeremy Farrar

Lessons from past pandemics like the Spanish flu could inform the current struggles with coronavirus.

Zinc Media
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Adam Kucharski

The Rules of Contagion

It’s hard to predict how fast and far an outbreak will spread because each outbreak is unique.

Profile Books
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James Hamblin

You’re Likely to Get the Coronavirus

You’ve already had a coronavirus.

The Atlantic
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Ed Yong

Why the Coronavirus Is So Confusing

The coronavirus pandemic is confusing on many levels, so here’s a guide to help you navigate the global crisis.

The Atlantic
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WHAT HELPS

(And What Does Not)

Knowledge

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Laurie Garrett

The Coronavirus: How to Stay Safe

How you can avoid contracting coronavirus – or any disease spread by coughing and sneezing.

Foreign Policy
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McKay Coppins

The Social-Distancing Culture War Has Begun

Americans use social distancing and other coronavirus prevention behaviors to express their political views.

The Atlantic
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Rajeev Cherukupalli and Tom Frieden

Only Saving Lives Will Save Livelihoods

Better health will make for a better economy.

Foreign Affairs
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Maria Godoy and Allison Aubrey

It’s Time to Get Serious About Social Distancing. Here’s How.

How much isolation is enough isolation?

1E9
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Ruiyun Li, Sen Pei, Bin Chen, Yimeng Song, Tao Zhang, Wan Yang and Jeffrey Shaman

Substantial Undocumented Infection Facilitates the Rapid Dissemination of Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

An in-depth study shows how asymptomatic carriers of coronavirus are causing massive spread of COVID-19.

Science
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Data

HOW TO COPE WITH IT

Strategies to Manage the Pandemic

/ ECONOMY

What the Economic Development Looks like, What Political Measures Have an Effect and What You Can Do

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Òscar Jordà, Sanjay R. Singh and Alan M. Taylor

The Long Economic Hangover of Pandemics

The economic aftermath of the coronavirus could be long and arduous.

IMF eLibrary
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Carmen Reinhart and Vincent Reinhart

The Pandemic Depression

The coronavirus is altering social, economic and geopolitical landscapes.

Foreign Affairs
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Anne Lowrey

The Small Business Die-Off Is Here

How bleak can the US economy become? It may depend on how small businesses fare.

The Atlantic
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Steve LeVine

Remote Work Is Killing the Hidden Trillion-Dollar Office Economy

The businesses that catered to, fed, dressed and cleaned up after office workers face an uncertain fate.

Medium
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David Dollar and Anna Newby

How is COVID-19 affecting US trade?

COVID-19’s impact on US trade is uneven.

Brookings Institution
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Jen Wieczner

The Case of the Missing Toilet Paper

Fortune magazine writer Jen Wieczner explains how extraordinary times disrupt supply chains.

Fortune
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From Our Journal

How the Pandemic is Accelerating Digital Transformation
How the Pandemic is Accelerating Digital Transformation

The coronavirus pandemic and the need to avoid person-to-person interactions has pushed us further into a digital world. The crisis will have lasting effects on the way we work, do business and interact with each other.

From Our Journal

“That Normal Does Not Exist Anymore.”
“That Normal Does Not Exist Anymore.”

As the world strategizes on what the “New Normal” should look like, Vlatka Hlupic argues that humane, social-minded companies will survive in the post-pandemic world. How can we become part of a company that is a force for good?

How to Lead Remote Employees in the Wake of COVID-19
How to Lead Remote Employees in the Wake of COVID-19

Six pieces of practical advice to turn a challenge into a chance.

See Our Knowledge Container for More Context and Applicable Reading Material to Help Companies and Individuals Prepare for the Future

“How Do I Innovate Out of Chaos?”
“How Do I Innovate Out of Chaos?”

Some of the most successful companies in the United States started up during recessions, including Burger King, Disney and Fortune magazine. Is this the turning point for smaller but daring companies to make their mark?

“How Do I Grapple With Complex, Chaotic Problems?”
“How Do I Grapple With Complex, Chaotic Problems?”

Solving big social problems requires “advanced leaders.” Never heard of this? Well, you might not yet be one of them.

“What Do 240 CEOs Know Today About the Leadership Qualities of Tomorrow?”
“What Do 240 CEOs Know Today About the Leadership Qualities of Tomorrow?”

And what do you get when you listen to an additional 14,000 employees on the topic? Here are nine answers.

“Is Remote Work Here to Stay?”
“Is Remote Work Here to Stay?”

Yes. And here is everything you need to know to be successful (even after a pandemic) – whether as an organization, manager or employee.

“How Do I Find My Flow Working from Home?”
“How Do I Find My Flow Working from Home?”

Even if I’m surrounded by a spouse, kids and worries.

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Sergio Correia, Stephan Luck and Emil Verner

Fight the Pandemic, Save the Economy

Locking it all down: Is the cure really worse than the disease?

Federal Reserve Bank of New York
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Jonathan Rothwell and Hannah Van Drie

The Effect of Covid-19 and Disease Suppression Policies on Labor Markets

Varying policy responses to COVID-19 offer insights into the potential for economic recovery.

Brookings Institution
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Geoff Colvin

How the American Economy Can Recover from the Coronavirus Pandemic

One of the worst economic downturns in history risks altering the American economy for decades.

Fortune
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Seth G. Benzell, Avinash Collis and Christos Nicolaides

Boosting Business Value by Reducing COVID-19 Transmission Risk

How can your business remain viable while minimizing COVID-19 transmission risk among employees and customers?

MIT Sloan Management Review
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Bruno Macaes

The Great Pause Was an Economic Revolution


The coronavirus has led the world to reconsider how the global economy works.

Foreign Policy
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Richard Florida and Michael Seman

Lost Art

Art and culture suffered in the pandemic. The Brookings Institution tells you who, where and how much.

Brookings Institution
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The Changes in Our Societies

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Damian Radcliffe

Covid 19 Has Ravaged American Newsrooms and Why That Matters

Can journalism survive Google and Covid-19? The future of US democracy in the may depend on it.

Niemanlab.org
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Emily Badger and Alicia Parlapiano

The Rich Cut Their Spending. That Has Hurt All the Workers Who Count on It.

COVID-19 has revealed the dependence of service workers on spending by the rich.

The New York Times
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Helen Lewis

When Will We Want to Be in a Room Full of Strangers Again?

When theaters reopen, will audiences return? Theater’s survival is at stake.

The Atlantic
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Helen Lewis

Coronavirus Is a Disaster for Feminism

Shakespeare wrote King Lear during the plague, but Shakespeare wasn’t sheltering in place with children.

The Atlantic
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Charles Fishman

The System That Actually Worked

In the pandemic, the world turned to the one essential service that did not suffer severe disruption: the internet.

The Atlantic
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Isaac Chotiner

How Pandemics Change History

Medical historian and author Frank M. Snowden reflects on today’s pandemic and previous ones.

The New Yorker
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From Our Journal

“We Lead the World in Science, and We Also Lead the World in Opposition to Science”
Jared Diamond, American historian and anthropologist, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and UCLA professor, playing piano in the living room of his home in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles; photo by Damon Casarez /Redux/laif
“We Lead the World in Science, and We Also Lead the World in Opposition to Science”

Jared Diamond, world-famous historian of societal crises and collapses, currently lives in self-imposed quarantine in California. When he’s not writing papers on the birds of New Guinea or playing Beethoven sonatas on the piano, he is concerned about the effect the current pandemic will have on his country and the world. What gives him hope?

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“In Times of Confusion, It’s Crucial That the Message Gets Through.”
Abhijit V. Banerjee & Esther Duflo / Photo by Bryce Vickmark/MIT/UPI/laif
“In Times of Confusion, It’s Crucial That the Message Gets Through.”

Nobel Laureates Esther Duflo and Abhijit V. Banerjee on the surprisingly commonsensical nature of economics, and how COVID-19 will affect the global fight against poverty and the quality of economic policy.

Weaponized Lies
Weaponized Lies

Disinformation doesn’t just affect people or elections: Businesses need to be ready for this growing threat.

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What to Do Now at Work

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Maxwell Strachan

You’re Not Going Back to Normal Office Life for a Long, Long Time

Those now working from home may never return to the office.

Vice News
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Dan Schawbel

How Coronavirus Will Impact the Future of Work and HR

Human resource teams need to step up to help companies survive and recover from the COVID-19 outbreak.

LinkedIn
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Lisa Rabasca Roepe

What Does the Coronavirus Pandemic Mean for Your Job Search?

Can your job search survive the coronavirus pandemic?

The Muse
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David Gelles

Logged on from the Laundry Room

American CEOs from a range of companies explain how they work from home during the pandemic.

The New York Times
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Kathy Gurchiek

Coronavirus and Teleworking Employees: Set Guidelines, Priorities

Managers can help their team members succeed while working from home.

Society for Human Resource Management
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Michael Hudecheck, Charlotta Sirén, Dietmar Grichnik and Joakim Wincent

How Companies Can Respond to the Coronavirus

Businesses can learn from China’s experience coping with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis.

MIT Sloan Management Review
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From Our Journal

How to Make Remote Selling Work
How to Make Remote Selling Work

It is not exactly easy these days to provide customer care and to acquire new customers for companies – but it’s not impossible. Here’s how to do it.

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How to Get Your Message Through
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How to Get Your Message Through

Strong communication skills are fundamental to giving and receiving information, building consensus and making decisions in any organization.

“Hello, How Are You?”
You would be surprised how many employees know the difference between an artificial and a real smile. Even if you move the corners of your mouth remotely.
“Hello, How Are You?”

In times when the whole world is wondering how best to get through the current crisis, small things make the difference. For example, taking an honest interest in your employees.

Looking Beyond the Water Cooler
Looking Beyond the Water Cooler

There is no substitute to person-to-person bonding. But there are ways to address the same needs in a new way – or at least to bring more humanity into our online interactions.

Employers Offering Permanent Remote Work Options Nearly Double Since Pandemic Start
Employers Offering Permanent Remote Work Options Nearly Double Since Pandemic Start

Employers changing remote work policies increase to 38%, according to our survey.

Design Your New Normal
Design Your New Normal

Now is the time to evaluate what you have learned under the extraordinary pressure of the last weeks – and use that knowledge to influence the future of your organisation.

“How Do I Hire (and Onboard) People Without Meeting Them in Person?”
“How Do I Hire (and Onboard) People Without Meeting Them in Person?”

A world with fewer office jobs is not a world with fewer jobs.

“Performance Reviews: How Do I Give the Right Feedback in the Current Exceptional Situation?”
Performance reviews: Make a directional decision - or at least cause one. There are in fact more than only two ways to proceed. / Photo: Jon Tyson at Unsplash
“Performance Reviews: How Do I Give the Right Feedback in the Current Exceptional Situation?”

You have three options.

Feedback: Embrace It, Don’t Brace for It
Feedback: Embrace It, Don’t Brace for It

The topic of giving and receiving feedback is in many people’s mind as performance review season is approaching.

“You’re fired!”
“You’re fired!”

How to not only cope with a layoff, but turn it into an opportunity.

“How Do I Respond to a Serious Corporate Crisis?”
“How Do I Respond to a Serious Corporate Crisis?”

Stock market prices are falling, the workforce is threatened with illness – and you have to keep a cool head?

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Cal Newport

Why Remote Work Is So Hard – And How It Can Be Fixed

Business grappled with remote work before COVID; now it faces the challenges and reaps the rewards.

The New Yorker
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Jennifer Howard-Grenville

How to Sustain Your Organization’s Culture When Everyone Is Remote

Your company culture can grow stronger even as your staff works remotely.

MIT Sloan Management Review
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Lars Faeste, Ramon Baeza, Christoph Lay and Christoph Meuter

Crisis Can Spark Transformation and Renewal

Leveraging strategies that proved successful after the 2008 fiscal crisis may help firms survive the pandemic.

The Boston Consulting Group
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Josh Bersin

The Back-to-Work Playbook

It’s time to reopen your business. Now what?

Josh Bersin
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Keep Your Mind Clear - with These Tips

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Jane E. Brody

Take Steps to Counter the Loneliness of Social Distancing

Is loneliness worse for your health than smoking?

The New York Times
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Sunny Fitzgerald

How to find your flow working from home, even if you’re surrounded by a spouse, kids and worries.

Learn to master distraction and become more productive working at home.

The Washington Post
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Shaka Senghor

What 4 Years in Solitary Confinement Taught Me About Surviving Isolation

If Shaka Senghor can turn solitary confinement into a place of enlightenment, you can make the most of being home.

Medium
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Samantha K Brooks, Rebecca K Webster, Louise E Smith, Lisa Woodland, Simon Wessely, Neil Greenberg and Gideon James Rubin

The Psychological Impact of Quarantine and How to Reduce It

Quarantine has negative psychological effects which can be mitigated by clear information.

The Lancet
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Cassie Kozyrkov

Smarter COVID-19 Decision-Making

As the world panics over the COVID-19 pandemic, how can you remain rational and make the right decisions?

Medium
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Celina Ribeiro

The Family Lockdown Guide

Maintain your sanity while confined to your home.

The Guardian
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From Our Journal

Of Viruses, Vulnerability and Superheroes
Of Viruses, Vulnerability and Superheroes

Isolation highlights the need to reach out.

Working from Home with Kids
Working from Home with Kids

getAbstract parents share their experiences and tips – an introduction

Exploring the Wonderland of  Child-Led Learning
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Exploring the Wonderland of Child-Led Learning

The many hours of lockdown-induced downtime offer an opportunity for your children to let their natural curiosity take them places they may otherwise not have discovered.

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“Turn That Damn Thing Off!”
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“Turn That Damn Thing Off!”

With comprehensive home office, team chat solutions have led your colleagues straight into your living room – sometimes even worse. How do you put them outside the door again and get the necessary recreation time?

Ancient Buddhist Wisdom for Turbulent Times
Ancient Buddhist Wisdom for Turbulent Times

Though timeless, the teachings of Buddhism are uniquely suited to cope with today’s fast-paced world.

“How Can I Avoid Technology’s Negative Impacts?”
“How Can I Avoid Technology’s Negative Impacts?”

Technology is stealing our time, robbing us of sleep and hurting our personal relationships. It’s time to take back control of our lives.

“How Can L&D Best Support Leaders and Employees in Their Home Office?”
“How Can L&D Best Support Leaders and Employees in Their Home Office?”

By evaluating people’s operational challenges and support requirements at least monthly. And by shifting from striving for perfection to improvisation and learning while doing. Here’s a best practice story.

“How Can I Learn to Distinguish Conspiracy Theories From Serious Knowledge?”
“How Can I Learn to Distinguish Conspiracy Theories From Serious Knowledge?”

How to deal with internet phenomena that spread even faster than viruses.

“How Can I Cope With a Possible Loss of Control in My Professional or Private Life?”
“How Can I Cope With a Possible Loss of Control in My Professional or Private Life?”

Sometimes things don’t go as planned. No matter!

“How Can I Combat Loneliness as a Remote Worker?”
“How Can I Combat Loneliness as a Remote Worker?”

Admit to and be pro-active about your feelings of loneliness.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Possible Consequences of the Pandemic

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Garrett M. Graff

Experts Knew a Pandemic Was Coming. Here’s What They’re Worried About Next.

Experts who worried about a pandemic for decades wonder what other catastrophes lurk on the horizon.

Politico Magazine
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Emilio Granados Franco, Richard Lukacs, Marie Sophie Müller, Philip Shetler-Jones and Saadia Zahidi

COVID-19 Risks Outlook

COVID-19 is going to leave a lasting mark on the world – economically, politically and societally.

World Economic Forum
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Mark Sullivan

All the Things Covid-19 Will Change Forever According to 30 Top Experts

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a new era of tech-enhanced business processes.

Fast Company
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Politico Magazine

Coronavirus Will Change the World Permanently. Here’s How.

As with Sept. 11, 2001 and the 2008 financial crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic will change how people live.

Politico Magazine
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Paolo Gallo

Are We There Yet? Have We Reached The New Normal? Not Really

The “New Context” of the post-COVID-19 world offers a real opportunity for change.

Irish Tech News
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From Our Journal

The World Post-Pandemic? It’s Not Going To Be What You Expect.
Paolo Gallo
The World Post-Pandemic? It’s Not Going To Be What You Expect.

The “New Normal” has turned into the buzzword du jour. But is the world really going to settle into a new routine following the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic? Author and executive coach Paolo Gallo doesn’t think so.

From Our Journal

How Pandemics Change the World
How Pandemics Change the World

The COVID-19 outbreak will not only have a direct impact on our lives and economies now – the consequences will continue to preoccupy us for several years, if not decades.

New Normal

Working from Home

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Mental Health

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Unimaginable Destruction
The Great Influenza
Unimaginable Destruction

John Barry details how a world war, a mutating virus and mismanaged government responses made the 1918 influenza pandemic so deadly.

Are We Punishing the Poor?
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Are We Punishing the Poor?

Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn detail how US life expectancy is declining as misguided government policies punish the poor. The Pulitzer Prize-winning co-authors weave history and policy analysis into profiles of working-class Americans.

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Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious viral respiratory disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), also known as “novel coronavirus.” Reports in December 2019, from Wuhan, China, first cited the disease, which has spread globally, resulting in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that affects people and businesses worldwide.

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Working from Home

Remote work has been a trend long in the making, and indeed the current Coronavirus pandemic has forced many to work from home. The advantages for employees, companies and society are plentiful: save time commuting, cut greenhouse gas emissions, relieve traffic congestion, increase employee satisfaction, increase workforce diversity, save money on office space and much more. But remote work also comes with its challenges – for leaders as well as employees. Learn how to structure your day, organize your communication, build trust and foster team spirit.

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Crisis Management

If your organization faces a crisis – whether a public health emergency, a natural disaster, or a public relations or product calamity – you often can make it better or worse for your people by how you manage it before, during and after. Eventually, a crisis will hit. You won’t be able to prevent it, but you can prepare for it, overcome it and emerge stronger.

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