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ESG and Flexibility – Interview with Prof. Alex Edmans (Full Interview)

Cali Williams Yost  Hi everybody. It’s such a privilege today for me to be talking with one of my academic heroes, Alex Edmans. Alex is a Professor of Finance at the London Business School and the Academic Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance. He graduated from Oxford University and then worked for Morgan Stanley in investment banking in London. He was on the […]

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ESG and Flexibility – Interview with Prof. Alex Edmans

THE PIE-GROW MODEL: ESG, EMPLOYEE SATISFACTION and FLEXIBILITY  For years, the economic ecosystem—analysts, shareholders, corporate leaders, and board members—have assumed the value a company creates through its products and services is fixed. Senior leaders have been reluctant to embrace corporate responsibility, fearful that doing so would just transfer some of the “pie” from shareholders to others. Leading finance […]

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Overcome Skepticism to Hybrid Work

This exchange during a recent LinkedIn Live discussion hosted by Robert Shrimsley of the Financial Times perfectly illustrates the current state of flexible, hybrid execution in organizations. Leaders are grappling with how to navigate the very real tension between what people want and how to operate their business in a flexible dynamic way that achieves performance AND well-being. At minute 27, […]

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Was it ever OK to go camera off?

I’m consistently asked this question: how do we communicate most effectively as we transition to working across different onsite and remote workplaces and spaces? Many of the default communication norms adopted during the crisis-driven shift to remote work no longer serve us. They need to be reviewed and, possibly, revised. Thank you to ROY MAURER for […]

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Avoid the All or Nothing Real Estate Trap

After more than two decades of implementing high-performance flexibility, we’ve learned to spot common mistakes leaders and employees can unwittingly make. Right now, it’s falling into the “all or nothing” real estate trap.  Organizations are settling into the current now of flexible work where a large percentage of employees work remotely, many for the first time. It’s from this backdrop […]

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How to Work and Take Care of 32 Million Children

Parents across the U.S. and their employers woke up this morning with a new and daunting reality — how to work, care for and educate the estimated 32 million children who may be home from school for the foreseeable future. Here are a few tips to help leaders and parents partner to flexibly fit work, life, school, and […]

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Coronavirus Could Change How, When and Where We Work

This week, the coronavirus (or COVID-19) took a more serious turn in the U.S. with warnings that it could very well impact how, when, and where we work: “Disruption to everyday life may be severe,” Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, cautioned at a news conference Tuesday. “Schools could be closed, […]

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How to Rapidly Execute a Crisis 100% Remote Work Plan (With Limited Experience Working Flexibly)

  In a matter of days, organizations have gone from contingency planning for the coronavirus/COVID-19 to having to rapidly execute a 100% remote work crisis plan for employees with jobs that will allow it. Suddenly, more and more organizations that have little to no experience with work flexibility find themselves implementing the most extreme form–100% remote work.    Any implementation […]

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A/B Teams: Flex Schedules and Locations When Remote Work Isn’t an Option

How do you implement a flexible work crisis plan that keeps everyone healthy, safe and as productive as possible during a very challenging period when remote work isn’t an option for certain jobs or organizations? “Flexing” where people work is getting the most airtime and attention, but flexing when and how people can work together is another option to consider.  […]

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5 Ways Employers Unlock the Strategic Power of Vacation

It’s no secret that employers are waging a talent war. Vacation or paid time off (PTO) can be one of the most powerful tools in an organization’s recruitment and engagement arsenal but is significantly underutilized. That’s according to an article for which The Washington Post recently interviewed me, “The one benefit workers want more than anything […]

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