Teams must be able to select ideas that can be addressed or explored immediately, lest they be overwhelmed by too many new things, writes Dan Rockwell. "Useful ideas are actionable today," Rockwell writes.
Supply chain disruptions are leading companies such as Ford and Home Depot to pull back from outsourcing and return to vertical integration, writes Daniel Gross. While these moves are a defensive response to current events, vertical integration "can be particularly useful for companies that are obsessed with establishing and maintaining superior consumer experiences," Gross writes.
Tools that can help remote teams collaborate, set specific times for meetings and cut down on email and messaging can improve productivity and team morale, writes Steve Glaveski, CEO of Collective Campus. "Above all, however, digital tools are only as effective as how effectively you use them, and alignment between managers and employees is critical to the success of any digital transformation initiative," Glaveski writes.
Former basketball player and coach David Nurse has learned personally that people should "figure out their why" to help their happiness, emotional state and performance, regardless of whether things are good or bad. "[W]hat many people don't realize -- or have trouble implementing -- is that truly knowing what you stand for and who you are as a person is only going to make you perform better," Nurse says.
Dogs have long been the bane of postal carriers, but some UPS drivers are using Instagram and Facebook to post pictures and videos of their friendly encounters with canines. Posts include drivers receiving friendly face licks and playing with packs of puppies.
Just as dog breeds have their specialties, people also excel in some areas but not others, writes Wally Bock, who offers five analogies for being a leader of people.
The pandemic has taken remote working mainstream, giving workers the freedom and more incentives to switch to better jobs for companies that offer more opportunities, writes Josh Bersin, whose research reveals around one in 7 employers have reached the level of "Irresistible Organizations." Bersin outlines five steps companies must take to put people first as the Great Resignation marks "a permanent and long-lasting change in our workforce."
Many common sales messaging mistakes can be avoided simply by examining sales emails and marketing outreach from the customer's perspective, writes David Brock. Sales leaders can also ask prospects about their experiences and preferences to get valuable feedback, Brock writes.
A tighter, one-day COVID-19 testing window for passengers to the US goes into effect on Dec. 6 and the face covering requirement for commercial flights has been extended through March 18. The tighter testing timeline "provides an added degree of public health protection as scientists continue to assess the Omicron variant," the White House said.
Bigger loans help some types of small businesses grow, but lenders struggle to predict which ones, according to research. Borrowers' mindsets were the most important factor, with risk-averse applicants proving a better bet than overconfident ones, researchers say.