9 Leadership Lessons From 2020, Per The World Economic Forum

The upheavals of 2020, triggered mostly but not only by the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic shutdown required to try to stop the spread of it, forced leaders to see their places in the economy and their organizations very differently, and to respond. Fast. In this new reality, almost none of the existing policies and practices applied, because they were too slow, irrelevant or ineffective. This tumultuous year also taught us of all – and especially the world’s leaders across sectors many of whom gathered virtually for the WEF 2021 for the first time – many lessons that we will need to both eliminate covid-19 and to emerge from it stronger and better. Here are 9 lessons leaders learned from 2020 and Covid-19, so far, as reflected in WEF 2021:

6 Questions Leaders Need To Ask Post-Covid. Welcome To The ESG Era

“This is really a pivotal moment for businesses, for brands to behave the best way possible as citizens and to contribute in the best way they can for the public good, rather than to be seen as a good company,” Anne Bahr Thompson, branding expert and author of “Do Good: Embracing Brand Citizenship to Fuel… Continue reading 6 Questions Leaders Need To Ask Post-Covid. Welcome To The ESG Era

7 Best Career And Leadership Tips From Women Who Made History In 2020

As former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Well-behaved women rarely make history” and we’ve had a lot of those this year. Here are seven lessons we can take from a few key women who made history in 2020: Partner with someone who makes you think differently: When Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris as his  Vice… Continue reading 7 Best Career And Leadership Tips From Women Who Made History In 2020

Best Career Tips Of 2020—The Gifts In Crisis

Covid-19 tossed all of our lives into a tornado and we’re still figuring out where we’ll land.  It also shines a light on the need to be able to manage chaos and change, because, as Deborah Lee James, former Secretary of the Air Force told me on my podcast recently, “Whether we’re working in industry or government… Continue reading Best Career Tips Of 2020—The Gifts In Crisis

What You Really Accomplished This Year—And Where It’s Guiding You

Especially in a year like 2020 when everything is in upheaval and we aren’t leaving our homes much, and we feel like things are static, it’s easy to think we didn’t get much done, and didn’t move our lives forward. But I respectfully suggest you probably got more done and made more progress than you think.… Continue reading What You Really Accomplished This Year—And Where It’s Guiding You

5 Ways Being Alone Is A Good Thing

Women live alone in much greater numbers than ever too. According to OurWorldInData.org, approximately 7.8% of women ages 30-45, 18.6% of women 46-60, 31.8% of women 51-75, and 46.6% of women 76+ live alone. We can see being alone as being miserable and waste the time complaining and binge-ing. Or, we can see being alone as the gift of quiet time, as an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate our own company, and to get to know ourselves better. Psychotherapist Dr. Stephanie Dowrick, in her best-selling book “Intimacy and Solitude,” calls it “welcoming time with your own self as you might welcome time with a friend.” 

10 Tips To Make Office Politics Work For You

“You don’t have an option to pay attention to (office) politics if you want to excel,” organizational psychologist and coach Dr. Jennifer Wisdom explained in an in-depth interview recently on my podcast. At least “play defensive politics, or you’ll actually lose ground.” What are “office politics” exactly? It’s how work is done, by whom and when. “Office… Continue reading 10 Tips To Make Office Politics Work For You

Hire The Outliers: What Else We Can Learn From Megan Rapinoe

What if U.S. Women’s Soccer had not hired Rapinoe because she was just too “different”? Would they still be repeat World Cup Champions?
In a recent Boston Consulting Group survey of senior executives, 76% “listed innovation as a ‘top-three’ strategic priority—the highest level in the survey’s history,” which goes back to 2004.  And yet, “77% of CEOs find it difficult to get the creativity and innovation skills they need,” according to a recent PwC survey. Why the disconnect? They keep hiring the wrong people!

8 Tips For Generating Creative Ideas From The Mind Of A ‘Genius’ Woman Scientist

When you send a photo from your smartphone, it asks you to choose a size of photo to send.  Which size should you choose and why? Each smaller size means the image is more compressed, so each size is a trade-off between bandwidth and detail.  The smaller you go, the less bandwidth you use, yet you… Continue reading 8 Tips For Generating Creative Ideas From The Mind Of A ‘Genius’ Woman Scientist

When You Want To Change Careers – 7 Tips From Women Who Have Done It

Christi Tezak earned her college degree in Russian and became fluent in both the language and the culture. But soon after her graduation, the Cold War ended and there wasn’t a lot of use for her newly-minted degree. So she took a complete turn, and threw herself into learning about energy policy, she told me… Continue reading When You Want To Change Careers – 7 Tips From Women Who Have Done It