April 16, 2021
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Leadership Strategies
Leaders who learn to balance strength with sensitivity will create organizational stability, writes Laila Tarraf, chief people officer at Allbirds. "Blended leadership asks us to observe our words, behaviors and actions in order to assess where we presently are so we know where we must go," Tarraf writes.
Full Story: SHRM's Executive Network Blog (4/13) 
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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.
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Humble leaders ask open-ended questions such as "What do you need from me?" and "How can we come together on this?" to elicit ideas and solutions from their team, writes former CEO Sabrina Horn. This approach isn't easy, as many CEOs and executives struggle to be vulnerable and prefer a veneer of all-knowing.
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The pandemic, a summer of protests against injustice, an increasing focus on social determinants of health and the adoption of value-based care have made addressing health inequity an imperative. Join SmartBrief and a panel of experts from across health care for a virtual roundtable discussion of health equity challenges and solutions.
Communication & Teamwork
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.
Full Story: Eblin Group (4/12) 
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One-on-one meetings won't be effective when managers use them to find fault, overlook opportunities to improve or dominate the conversation, writes Dan Rockwell. "Establish a culture where employees control most of the agenda during one-on-ones," he writes.
Full Story: Leadership Freak (4/14) 
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Management Tips
Employers should increase engagement efforts during the pandemic by conducting surveys, setting up focus groups, getting people's feedback via internal social media and interviewing employees individually, human resources leaders say. "Collecting survey data in 'bad' times is actually more or equally as important as [doing so] during 'good' times," says Chris Roederer, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Tampa General Hospital in Florida.
Full Story: Society for Human Resource Management (tiered subscription model) (4/10) 
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Micromanaging leaders may be "over-functioning" if they are jumping in to help without being asked, feel a need to do things their way or overworry about employee reactions, writes Jennifer V. Miller. "In a management context, leaders over-function because they perceive that their team member(s) are not able or responsible enough without the leader's assistance or intervention," she writes.
Full Story: The People Equation blog (4/12) 
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Focus on Wellness
The 2021 State of Mental Health in America report found that 19% of Americans are dealing with mental health conditions, which can be exacerbated by pandemic-related stress. Employers can help ensure that workers feel supported through expanded mental health benefits, employee assistance programs, telehealth and mental wellness apps.
Full Story: BenefitsPRO (free registration) (4/13) 
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A study published in PLOS One found that pandemic-related stress and anxiety may be linked to a lower likelihood of getting adequate physical activity, even though that exercise could help maintain mental wellness. Lead study author Jennifer Heisz said that while exercising can help mitigate depression, respondents who felt more depressed actually had less motivation to be active, further emphasizing the importance of psychological support during difficult times.
Full Story: Medical News Today (4/15) 
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Daily Diversion
Tall mission accomplished
Rothschild's giraffe
It took more than a year to plan and execute this mission, but all 9 endangered giraffes have been transported from their home island in Lake Baringo to mainland Kenya. The island on which they had been living was under threat from rising water levels. And you gotta love the name the rescue team gave to the special barge they built for this delicate mission: GiRaft.
Full Story: Gizmodo (4/12) 
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