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For all the changes stemming from the intrusion of Covid-19, the relocation of our offices to our living rooms and the normalization of non-working-norms is a big one. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, for some of us, it’s turning out to be just the ticket for gaining more control over when, where, and how we work — not to mention on what and for whom.

Has the experience of working from home tempted you to think of switching to a portfolio career, one in which you chart the course and call the shots? While the gig economy


For many, the events of this disruptive year have acted like a circuit breaker in our lives. Living and working through a pandemic has muddied the waters for professionals everywhere. Industries are being upended, layoffs are plentiful, and people are questioning the career rules they’ve always played by.

As more friends and colleagues mention that they’re considering a job change, I’m reminded of my own career pivots. I’ve been making twists and turns in my professional life for more than 20 years, and I’ve picked up a few tidbits of inspiration along the way.

One of the best pieces of…


Last week, the latest Women in the Workplace report by McKinsey and LeanIn.org was released, ironically coinciding with the death of Australian singer Helen Reddy, who was famous for her Grammy-winning hit “I Am Woman: Hear Me Roar.”

Like the song, the report had one clear refrain: Disproportionately affected by the Covid crisis, women — particularly working mothers — are roaring, asking to be heard.

Will their message fall on deaf ears? Or will organizations realize now is their time to lean in and support their female workforce in the face of the unprecedented challenges 2020 has brought?

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Stanford economist Paul Romer once said that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. And as the crisis that is 2020 drags on, I wonder if we’re running the risk of doing exactly that.

As time passes, the FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) we once felt is replaced by a new and unsettling phenomenon: FOLO (Fear Of Losing Out). We’ve started to wonder if we are doing enough with our reconstituted days. Have we really re-prioritized our lives around what matters, or will we slip into our old habits once the crisis abates? …


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While it’s only been six months since 2020 took a historic detour, Covid months have started to feel like dog years, and have taken their toll.

Whether it’s economic duress, children not returning to school, non-existent work-life balance, or the general fatigue of it all, people are showing signs of buckling under pressure, and even the best teams are fraying around the edges.

As this new abnormal continues, investors and the markets will become increasingly less tolerant of poor performance, waning sales pipelines, and uncertain forecasts. …


“Things are going to be different, not because of a virus, but because of what we’ve learned.”

Those were the wise words of my colleague, Fred Luddy, founder and chairman of ServiceNow, and as every post-Covid day unfolds, his comment seems more profound.

Among the many things that are going to be different, meetings are at the top of the list. …


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Leadership expert Robin Sharma once said, “Anyone can lead when the plan is working. The best lead when the plan falls apart.”

For most, any plan we had for 2020 has likely fallen apart. This feels like a watershed month as we come to terms with the fact that the past few months may have only been the pre-season. …


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We’re midway through 2020, and suffice to say, the year hasn’t gotten off to a great start. But as we look ahead to the next two quarters, leaders across every sector know that while the immediate crises may have abated, the tough work remains to be done.

Now, leaders are not only tasked with trying to stabilize their operations and drive growth, but they also know that in whatever form they seek to rebuild their organization’s culture, it must be with a committed effort toward diversity, inclusion and equality.

It shouldn’t take social movements like #MeToo or #BlackLivesMatter to awaken…


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In the aftermath of the economic tornado that has whipped through the world, storm clouds remain on the horizon, and major questions remain unanswered. Will there be a second wave of Covid-19? How bad will it be? Will the recovery take the shape of a U, or a W, or some other letter for that matter?

No one knows. What is clear is that we now face a level of ambiguity that is distinctly unfamiliar and for which many organizations are woefully ill-equipped.

The past few months have opened our eyes to exactly the kind of leaders we need —…


Unequivocally, the single most important skill I’ve developed in my professional career is public speaking.

Having found myself in leadership positions at a young age and in boardrooms with people far more experienced than I, the fact that I could communicate my ideas with confidence belied my otherwise youthful inexperience.

People mistakenly believe that an individual is either born a gifted speaker or not. But just like any other skill, public speaking can be learned. It is also a skill that you’ll use every hour of every day, whether speaking to an audience of thousands or in a one-on-one meeting.

Anita Sands

Board Director, Advisor, Writer, Speaker & General Disruptor

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