Disney's "Mulan" is moving from theaters to its streaming service for an additional one-time fee of $29.99, with the gamble being that parents are desperate to entertain children and see the fee as being cheaper than a typical cinema visit. "What Disney is doing now is feeling out whether the market will support that $30 price -- listening to how many complaints they get, but more importantly, seeing how many people actually put down the $30," says Robert Thompson, head of the Bleier Center for Television & Popular Culture.
This is another photo submitted by Dr. Katherine Indeck, a marine biologist who specializes in whale and dolphin research. Cool pic!
Pandemic-induced isolation has hurt communication because we're relying on indirect communication methods and fewer nonverbal cues, with the one-way toxic exchanges of social media being just one example, writes Steve McKee. "As fallen human beings, we need all the help we can get to understand and be understood -- all of our senses, all the time we can get to explore ideas, all of the back-and-forth that enables clarification and overcomes miscommunication," he writes.
A little bit of pessimism can go a long way, helping you create realistic expectations and prepare for things to go sideways, writes Dan Rockwell. "You need enough pessimism to anticipate difficulties and enough optimism to keep moving forward," he writes.
The majority of businesses are open, and parents are especially concerned about returning to offices, with lack of child care being one pain point, according to a LinkedIn survey. "My advice to companies [is] open your offices and encourage employees to come in one to two times a week if they can manage, but be accepting if they either can't arrange it or simply are fearful of getting sick," says consulting firm principal Michelle Micone.
Inviting input from direct reports is good for them and for the business, writes Ken Blanchard. "The positive results are two-fold: The employee has more job satisfaction and the organization benefits from the employee's knowledge," he writes.
Customers will determine when business travel regains momentum, says Susan Liechtenstein of DigiTravel, as they'll need to feel safe again. Some aspects of business travel are already being replaced by video calls, and companies are noticing the cost savings of less travel.
Railroads are used to dealing with crisis, but the pandemic has still helped Union Pacific Railroad chairman and CEO Lance Fritz become a better communicator. An immediate lesson was that virtual meetings required full focus because "no one wants to look like the dope who wasn't paying attention," he says.
The Very Large Telescope at the European Southern Observatory in Chile shows the formation of a nebula in the uncommon shape of a butterfly. The effect is being created by one of the two central stars collapsing while the other disrupts the gas' expansion in the nebula that's more than 3,000 light-years away.