The world and the way we do business has been upended in recent weeks by unprecedented measures taken to slow the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses have transitioned to work-from-home models, including those that never considered or prepared for telecommuting. Employees are at home, sometimes with their children, whose school has either been put on hold or moved online.
It’s a time that prompts fear, anxiety, uncertainty and stress. Business owners and executives are concerned about how to keep up culture and adhere to deadlines. Some businesses face dire challenges in the face of disrupted supply chains or customers who are forced to stay home.
In response, we at Fenaroli & Associates want to support executives, board members and other leaders in navigating these challenges. As leadership roles evolve in response to rapidly evolving news and updates pertaining to the impacts of this global health emergency, facilitating a way for those in the C-suite and other key decision-makers to share and access vetted, valuable resources for enhancing leadership in crisis times is a natural extension of our business. The Fenaroli & Associates way means that we are brave enough to be curious. We’re curious about how businesses will evolve during this time, and we are compiling tips, ideas, tools and positive outlooks to inspire leaders, help them manage circumstances with poise and confidence, and ultimately do business in a new way.
Collaboration is key to our business. Please feel free to utilize and share these resources at will. We also encourage you to actively participate in expanding this knowledgebase by contributing ideas for resources that we can add to this library. Simply use the form submissions at any time. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy.
Despite the pandemic, business must go on, and some circumstances call for in-person meetings and networking. To help people meet more safely, our team has compiled a list of local venues with outdoor spaces.
Team Development & Collaboration
Stay productive while working remotely with this suite of tools from Microsoft.
You and your team can be productive no matter where you are by implementing a few simple strategies.
Lead impactful remote meetings and maintain connections with distributed teams using key strategies.
Leaders of remote teams offer advice on what to keep in mind when employees begin telecommuting.
Virtual Leadership Tools
Collaborate seamlessly by scheduling, moderating and participating in virtual meetings using Zoom. Pro tip: There’s a secret Zoom filter to make you look better on video calls.
Look and sound intelligent, confident and collected on all of your video conference calls while working from home.
LinkedIn has made available for free a library of webinars that can teach you tools and strategies to thrive in a virtual work environment.
Law firm Polsinelli has created a list of tips that employers can send to employees to help them optimize their productivity while working from home.
Books & Executive Learning
Author Nassim Nicholas Taleb calls what benefits from stress, disorder, volatility and turmoil the “antifragile.” His book explains how the antifragile is resilient, desirable and even necessary.
ACG Kansas City hosts a virtual meeting in which moderator Greg Kratofil interviews serial entrepreneur Toby Rush for a fireside chat.
Reboot by Jerry Colonna is a journey of radical self-inquiry, helping you to reset your life by sorting through the emotional baggage that is holding you back professionally and in relationships.
Harvard Business School Professor Amy C. Edmondson highlights the concept of psychological safety within organizations and teams.
Alumni Ventures Group will put on a one-hour livestream event covering the do’s and don’ts of venture investing and tips on how to evaluate a venture investment.
J.P. Morgan curates 20 years of its reading lists to suggest exceptional books bring that aim to inspire, encourage perseverance, and help make meaningful connections.
The National Association of Corporate Directors compiled a library of resources companies can use to ensure continued operations during a crisis.
Health & Well-Being
Many remote workers report workplace anxiety, loneliness concerns, and stress. Learn new approaches to dealing with mental health and the emotional well-being of employees.
Ariana Huffington joins Joey Hubbard, director of trainings at Thrive Global, to offer suggestions that will increase your well-being and lead to more success.
If you’re overwhelmed by the constant crush of news about the spreading pandemic, Guy Winch shares six tips to manage the fear and anxiety.
Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges you to see stress as a positive in her TED Talk.
Those tech tools we use daily can become a breeding ground for nasty germs. Learn how to safely clean your electronics.
Working From Home
The Wall Street Journal answers questions for those new to working from home about how to adjust.
USA Today compiles two articles with tips and tools that can make remote work easier for both adults and children whose school has been canceled or moved online-only.