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For most teams, the pandemic either brought colleagues closer or drove them increasingly apart. There are three key reasons why.

The Great Covid-Driven Teamwork Divide

What makes a team more than the sum of its parts? Its cohesion or connectedness, which allows for pooling of individual members’ strengths and compensates for their weaknesses

We face extraordinary problems calling for new leadership approaches.

Leadership in Wicked Times

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 14, 2020

This extraordinary year has brought to the fore an unprecedented number of wicked problems – like Covid-19 or systemic racism

Diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives must be ongoing and institutionalized.

3 ways to improve diversity and inclusion in your organization

By: EBR | Friday, October 2, 2020

The global pandemic has put much of everyday life on hold, including many important corporate initiatives

It doesn’t take very much to bridge the “knowing-doing” gap in networking – even during a pandemic.

Better Networking Begins With Your Beliefs

By: EBR | Thursday, September 17, 2020

Be honest: What do you miss least about working life before Covid-19? After the long commute, a close second might be networking events. It’s well known by now – and research confirms it – that the very idea of networking can make all but the most extreme extroverts feel awkward, inauthentic and even dirty

Good ideas and solutions often arise when we ask open-ended questions.

How to Listen and Ask Questions for Effective Teamwork

By: EBR | Monday, September 7, 2020

"In the course of helping organisations and teams develop more effective ways of working, I have found that many of the obstacles to delivering value quickly to customers originate from mental models and assumptions that have been internalised"

Covid-19 will change higher education for good – and, ultimately, for the better.

Deconstructing Learning, Reconstructing Education

By: EBR | Friday, September 4, 2020

Throughout the world, the decision to reopen university campuses has been a source of fierce controversy

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For now, corporate boards prefer to keep the status quo – and the long view – in the face of Covid-19 upheaval.

Pandemic or No, It’s Business as Usual for Boards

By: EBR | Monday, August 31, 2020

The scale and pace of change unleashed by the Covid-19 pandemic has no precedent in modern history

In collaboration with the Forum’s Insurance & Asset Management Industry Action Group, the World Economic Forum and Bain & Company have developed a new framework for the insurance and asset management industry to play a leading role in developing a new societal risk compact.

We need to build resiliency. Here’s how the insurance and asset management industry can lead the way

By: EBR | Monday, August 31, 2020

Twice already in the 21st century, we have faced “once-in-a-generation” shocks to the global economy and society: the global financial crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic

In the US, businesses added 1.8 million jobs in July, albeit at a slowing rate. China’s employers are hiring too. Rising retail spending in eurozone economies might also create more jobs.

Here are 5 skills researchers say employers are looking for right now

By: EBR | Friday, August 21, 2020

The equivalent of 305 million full-time jobs have been lost globally since COVID-19 hit, according to the International Labour Organization. Manufacturers, airlines and retailers have announced redundancies in the thousands. The young have been particularly hard hit.

"It’s not the individual directors – it’s the competing coalitions they form that determine what boards will do."

Power, Politics and Crisis Response on the Board

By: EBR | Friday, July 31, 2020

When crisis kicks in, we tend to rely on instinct. Familiar solutions and well-honed responses will occur most naturally to us – regardless of their relevance to the problem at hand

The coronavirus crisis facilitates the rise of autocratic and narcissistic leaders just when we least need them.

Why the World Needs Self-Reflective Leaders

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 29, 2020

When asked what the post-Covid world might look like, French author Michel Houellebecq said, “The same – only worse”

A new survey provides a snapshot of corporate boards’ resilience to challenges and risks posed by the pandemic.

How Boards Are Coping With Covid-19

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 28, 2020

A crucial role of any board is risk management

We distil top executives’ experience for the ideas that work.

Three CEO Strategies to Guide Companies Through Crises

By: EBR | Thursday, July 23, 2020

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader,” said John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States

"Against the backdrop of a pandemic that has changed the course of daily life and exacerbated inequalities, we are witnessing people and businesses embrace the unexpected in creative ways."

6 ways businesses can turn COVID-19 uncertainty to their advantage

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 15, 2020

COVID-19 and the related economic turmoil has put a strain on businesses around the world and poses an existential threat for many enterprises

"Curiosity and reciprocity, plus some ingenuity, will help you build relationships in the age of Zoom."

Networking in the New Reality

By: EBR | Friday, July 10, 2020

To many people, networking feels a bit like squeezing into trousers one size too small. But networking is essential if you wish to amass the social capital indispensable to a successful career

“For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” - Shakespeare.

How Resilient Leaders Think

By: EBR | Thursday, July 9, 2020

Can you encounter adverse circumstances and emerge stronger from them?

It’s not only what leaders do in the spotlight that counts. Great leaders also know how to manage the organisational machinery behind the scenes.

The Two Faces of Leadership

By: EBR | Thursday, July 9, 2020

Leadership has two faces: one highly visible, one less so

"In many respects, the shock of the crisis has been no different for these five self-managed organisations. It has had an immediate and significant impact on each of them, largely negative: declining orders and client interactions, as well as more pressure from markets."

In the Current Crisis, Less Hierarchical Companies Show Special Resilience

By: EBR | Friday, July 3, 2020

How can more traditional organisations leverage the cultural and behavioural aspects of self-management imposed by the Covid-19 crisis?

The pandemic has made us realise that patience is one of the more difficult challenges of being human. In more ways than one, the coronavirus has dramatically transformed our lives – and not necessarily for the better.

How Leaders Can Cultivate Patience in an Impatient World

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Nine ways to develop this important “muscle” and reap its mental health benefits

"As we move through the pandemic and begin to think about recovery, business leaders can place a pretty secure bet on the fact that the expectation for strong and well-thought-out environmental strategies will be even stronger than it was before."

Environmental leadership will be more in demand than ever after COVID-19

By: EBR | Tuesday, June 16, 2020

In just a few short months, COVID-19 has reshaped the world. While we don’t know how long the pandemic will affect our day-to-day lives, we can already see the impact it is having in so many areas

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Joe Biden and his catnip effect on the EU

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‘It is a new beginning for the EU-US global partnership’, tweeted (yes, she does too) Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, after she had a phone call with US President-elect Joe Biden

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How secure is your data? 3 predictions and 3 protections in the age of hybrid work

How secure is your data? 3 predictions and 3 protections in the age of hybrid work

Covid-19 introduced a paradigm shift in working culture. The new era of the “hybrid employee” has required a recalibration of how organizations provide secure, productive and digitally enabled environments for their employees

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