July 13, 2021
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Digital transformation initiatives are more likely to succeed when led by someone with technical expertise, Moira Alexander writes. In addition, encourage buy-in from everyone involved and hire some team members dedicated to change management and digital adoption, Alexander advises.
Full Story: TechRepublic (6/15) 
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Companies' supply chain cyber risk is expanding as they deal with a rising number of third-party vendors, who in turn are working with additional vendors, or "fourth parties." Businesses should develop a map that outlines the critical parts of the supply chain and be certain that cyber insurance coverage includes supply chain disruptions, among other precautions.
Full Story: Bank of America (7/12) 
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Cyber Security
Companies are much more adept at data retention than at data disposal, which can be a liability, notes Elizabeth Mixson. A 2020 Deloitte survey found that 4 in 5 enterprises had a data disposal plan in place but that a smaller share were carrying them through efficiently.
Full Story: Cyber Security Hub (6/16) 
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Finance and Working Capital
An expert's plan to simplify taxes for remote work
Three steps can ease remote work's tax and compliance challenges: establish a transparent process, automate it and stay open to employees' needs, writes Oliver Trundley, a workforce management expert. If employees move, employers' options include telling workers they're responsible for additional taxes or getting certificates of coverage to continue the social security tax in the company location.
Full Story: Bloomberg Tax (free content) (6/30) 
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Business Management
Businesses would be unwise to think workspaces should snap back to the pre-pandemic configuration as people begin to come back, Martha Bird advises. "The time has come for more nuanced approaches to workplaces as ecosystems rather than discrete physical locations," she writes.
Full Story: MIT Sloan Management Review online (tiered subscription model) (6/15) 
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Change management can only succeed with a co-creation strategy centered on changing organizational behaviors and adapting for specific needs. This blog post outlines "organizational changemaking," which involves orienting the strategy with the goal, establishing diverse collaborative groups and dividing desired results into "fail-safe" and "safe-to-fail" categories.
Full Story: NOBL Academy (6/27) 
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Economic and Geopolitical Update
The reopening of the economy has led to growth, but difficulties in hiring and a shortage of materials have slowed expansion and have increased inflation, the Federal Reserve says in the semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress. However, the report, the subject of congressional hearings this week, reaffirms the Fed's view that the economy is recovering from the pandemic.
Full Story: Reuters (7/9) 
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