Keep engagement high in a hybrid office by scheduling office meetings for collaborative work and social events while ensuring that employees who remain remote are included in activities, says Denise Lee Yohn in this blog post and video. "With hybrid work, the social functions of a physical office become more important, while operations and process are the priorities when employees are remote," she says.
Leaders need passion, but too much of this can make them resistant to change and overwhelm or intimidate people around them, writes Lolly Daskal. "To be an effective leader means being able to read the room and meet people where they are -- not where you want them to be," she writes.
The longstanding use of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats analysis should be replaced by a hypothesis-led approach that produces data-driven analysis that's "a mile deep and an inch wide," writes Roger Martin. "Your patience will be rewarded with analyses that are far more precise and produce much more compelling results," he writes.
Innovations are difficult to get right, in part because the rules and benchmarks are different from regular operations, writes Jesse Nieminen, who offers three steps for innovation-specific thinking. "This is how real leaders and innovators think: they find ways to change the system so that they can get to the result they want," he writes.
Leaders need to know that communication isn't one-size-fits-all, and they need to understand how their methods of communication and the platforms they use will affect employees, writes Scott Eblin. "If you don't take a strategic approach to your communications, it's way too easy to get into a reactive mode of always catching up to the curve," he writes.
Mike Hayes, a former Navy SEAL and National Security Council official, shares lessons learned from the military and public service. "When you lean into problems instead of running away from them and look at what you can bring to the table instead of waiting to be asked, that's how you show value -- and that's how others end up relying on you," he writes.
Polarization has increased in our politics, our social views and the gap between high-skill and low-skill work, and the question for companies is less about whether to speak up and more about careful analysis to understand when to say something, according to this Boston Consulting Group analysis. "CEOs should not fall into the trap of 'both-sides-ism,' but they can provide balanced, evidenced information and contribute to building trust in facts," the authors write.
Texas-based craft brewer Alamo Beer Co. is shrinking its carbon footprint by using a carbon-capture system developed by environmental service company Earthly Labs that recycles the carbon produced during fermentation as carbonation for the brewing process. Earthly Labs CEO Amy George cited data indicating sustainability is important to craft beer drinkers, and they are "willing to pay a premium" to support eco-friendly brands.
People's changing lifestyles mean big changes in how business will reach consumers, but 60% of senior executives report they're not prepared for the shift, Accenture says in a report on "forerunners," or companies proactively addressing lifestyle shifts. Accenture advises companies to find solutions "not only for their own business success, but also for the benefit of their employees, customers, partners and communities."
Why it matters: This article on the value of learning through play is excellent. We often gauge learning by how often a person succeeds, but it can be just as important for a person to learn from failure. Those are the lessons that can help someone change course, when needed, to solve big challenges throughout their life.