The future following this pandemic cannot be designed by cynics who peddle stories of human selfishness and paint pictures of calamities. Hope, you will remember, was the last thing to come out of Pandora's Box of ills. That hope will shape us.
To know what is non-essential, we need to know what is essential. Our enforced quarantine, social distancing, self isolation in the time of coronavirus are offering us plenty of time to ponder this important question. Things may not be the same when we have finished pondering.
Women as CEOs, digital native children as designers of the world being eaten by software, work and AI, and ok, since we are all remote-working thanks to coronavirus, a reflection on the loneliness it may precipitate for some and some excellent hacks for getting it right all feature in this week's picks.
In the face of triggers and minor aggravations, we have a choice. We can feed the wolf or we can take a pause. Because the wolf you feed is the wolf that feeds on you.
When evaluating job offers, think of the role, the degrees of freedom, the culture. But real wealth will come if you know how to deliver real, positive and sustainable impact with all of these.
Ask a candidate why you should not hire them, and you get a lot more insight into their characters than all the preceding questions have given you.
To drive meaningful change, it is essential that leaders have broad awareness and be willing to admit that the status quo does not work. If a leader cannot bring him/herself to admit to being aware of the the very obvious visible to all around us, should they really be leading anything?
Most hiring is happenstance; wrong hiring decisions are not irreversible; talent cannot thrive in unsuitable work conditions; one and done is no way to build an inclusive organisation: these are some of the lessons I have learnt through my career.
The proposed California state law requiring women on boards of public companies headquartered in the state is a big daring opening gambit in forcing the long overdue conversation on diversity and inclusion.
As business leaders, if we want talent in a role we say we value, we have to pay fairly and commensurate with the value we attach to the role. Talk is free.