Crocs took advantage of consumers' casual lockdown style preferences to beef up its e-commerce strategies and partner with big names such as KFC, with whom it created shoe charms that smelled like fried chicken, to grow exponentially. The footwear maker is contending with potential supply shortages at its Vietnam factory and litigation against stores such as Hobby Lobby, which it accuses of copying its shoe designs, but Blue Line Capital President Bill Baruch still says "the company has done everything right."
Why it matters: When I mentioned my family vacation last week in Utah included a bike crash and a trip to the ER, lots of WYWWers emailed to ask for details. While I would love to tell you the crash occurred when someone tried to grab some gnarly big air on one of Park City's world-class mountain biking trails, the real story is a wee bit more humbling.
On the final day of our vacation, three generations of my family decided to go for a leisurely bike ride on one of smooth, manicured trails in the area. Ten minutes into that bike ride, one of my brothers decided to shoot the video you see above. While the video does a brilliant job of telling you how my brother ended his day, it also captures what happened to my mom. As the camera pans backward at the 9-second mark, the fuzzy object you see rolling onto the side of the path waaaaaay in the background is actually my 79-year-old mom crashing on her bike. Yep, they both wiped out at exactly the same moment.
My bro cracked two ribs and a day in the ER revealed my mom only suffered some wicked road rash and a slight fracture at the base of her left thumb. I say "only" because it could have been a lot worse. Shout out to Dr. Robert Stephen at the University of Utah Medical Center. No one wants to end up in an ER, but if you do, you want someone like Dr. Stephen taking care of you.
So the next time someone tells you it's a bad idea to shoot video while riding a bike, please remember this scary (and funny) video and put away your camera. And don't worry, this video is definitely something my family will never let my brother forget! :)
Specific yet open-ended questions such as "What could I have done better?" can help teammates and reports give you honest feedback -- provided you reward constructive criticism, writes "Radical Candor" author Kim Scott. "Remind yourself going in that no matter how unfair the criticism, your first job is to listen with the intent to understand, not to defend yourself," Scott writes.
COVID-19 is just one example of how health and wellness have become paramount concerns for CEOs, not just for their personal health but also for every category of stakeholder, according to this Deloitte analysis that covers leaders such as WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson and Kohl's CEO Michelle Gass. "Investing in health may take various forms, such as support for working parents, new norms for well-being and collaboration, enhanced tools for virtual work, more community engagement, new private-public sector partnerships, and more," the authors write.
We can escape the prison of our negative self-talk by adopting a growth mindset, focusing on what we can control, being more playful and reframing situations in a more positive light, writes Gregg Vanourek. "Many people become passive victims of the random thought-stream in their minds instead of engaging their 'observer' or deeper perspective and employing their ability to choose which thoughts to keep and which to dismiss as unproductive or unwelcome," Vanourek writes.
A customer-first approach will help companies survive this disruptive period of rebounding demand, labor shortages and other challenges, says Ingredion CEO Jim Zallie. "We look at the latest trends and connect those ideas to our customers, because our customer brand proposition is to 'be what's next,'" he says.
Communication platforms help managers reach their employees easily through texts and other direct messages, but overuse can blur professional boundaries and make employees feel like they're on the clock 24/7, says David D'Souza of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. "Organizations and individuals both need to reflect on what that does for the balance of work and life, and be clear on reasonable expectations," D'Souza says.
Depression can present in many forms, including insomnia, sleeping all day, general sadness or overeating, writes Alex Riley. Treatment should also take multiple forms, Riley argues, including exercise, changes in diet and even a return to once-effective treatments that have fallen out of favor.
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