Set your brand apart in the market by highlighting its unique features, attributes or history, among nine differentiators listed by Denise Lee Yohn in this blog post and video. "When competition is high, strengths matter less and differences matter more," she says.
The pace of US corporate bankruptcies indicates more will be filed this year than at any time in the past decade, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. Bankruptcies are appearing in many sectors, with consumer-facing businesses hit hardest.
New leaders should remember their responsibility to empower other people, be humble, manage up and regulate their emotions, writes Lolly Daskal. "There will be plenty of time to set strategies, change work charts, hand out new roles and provide new goals, but first you must do the things that will earn you the respect you need in your role as a leader," she writes.
This article describes the common ways that people poorly handle conflict, as well as what's required to view people less as enemies and more as allies whose success matters to us. "The best collaborations happen when everyone on the team feels that their voice was important to the process," writes Chad Ford.
Impromptu chats, or "hallway conversations," that lead to bigger ideas are still important in a virtual setting, but they need to be more deliberate, writes Aleassa Schambers, who offers an example. Regularly scheduled check-ins with your team can help generate these conversations, as well as occasional catch-ups with people you don't regularly work with.
When your company or product gets a bad review on social media, send a personalized, empathetic response that apologizes for the inconvenience and offers solutions, writes Leslie O'Flahavan. "While even our most gracious responses may fail to win over the most disappointed customers, we can demonstrate that we are listening, we are accountable, and we care," she writes.
Unconscious bias is something we all struggle with, and the current climate is hopefully getting people to face that in themselves, says Rose Adkins Hulse, CEO and founder of The Adkins Group, who describes being overlooked by venture capitalists years ago. The goal is full opportunity, she argues, as "nobody wants handouts" or pity.
The artificial light of cities at night is hampering certain animals and insects -- such as sand hoppers, moths and dung beetles -- in locating food, mates and safety from predators, according to studies. Researchers describe their efforts so far and the need for more study of "how marine and coastal creatures cope."
When adding a team member, look for a candidate to balance your strengths and weaknesses, taking into account your management style and the tasks you enjoy or are happy to delegate, says Holly Eve, CEO of Madame Lemy. This is especially true for entrepreneurs, who need team members that free their time for big-picture tasks.