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“Two Years into the Pandemic, What is Work?”

An outstanding story from Marketplace economics reporter Sabri Ben-Achour, “Two Years into the Pandemic, What is Work?” I joined Brian Kropp, head of Gartner’s HR practice, and Paul Statham, CEO of Condeco, to provide perspective. “But when companies bring workers back to the office, be it for one day or all days, they have to answer a question: Why? […]

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Parents+Omicron+Flexibility: Now More Than Ever!

Yesterday, the U.S. posted 1 million new cases of COVID. That’s twice the number from just four days ago, and it’s the most any country has ever reported, according to Bloomberg. The next few weeks will likely become even more challenging, especially for parents–moms and dads–and the managers who employ them. I share my thoughts […]

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Top 2022 Flexible Work Resolutions for Leaders

Welcome to 2022!  The year I believe leaders, line managers, teams and individual employees have the opportunity to come together and ask: “What’s best about the way we worked then, pre-pandemic?” “What’s best about the way we’ve been working now?” “What’s the best way we can work next?” Then execute that vision of high performance […]

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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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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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Busting The Six Myths Of Flexible And Remote Work Keeping Us Stuck

Recently, Jessica Davies, the Managing Editor of the Future of Work for Digiday, asked me to debunk the top myths about flexible and remote work that were keeping people stuck as Davies explains, “…in the stampede to figure out the right hybrid models, misunderstandings that can lead to further headaches.” The article “Myth buster: Hybrid working models’ […]

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Flexible and Remote Work One Year Later—Surprises and Next Steps

On February 28th, one year ago, HBR published my commentary, “What’s Your Company’s Emergency Remote Work Plan.”  On March 11th, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic. In less than two weeks, we went from contingency planning to shutdown. This milestone caused me to reflect not only on COVID-19’s catastrophic human and economic toll […]

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What Is “IT”? How Do We Do It?

In the next two weeks, we will experience the shortest day of the year, the end of 2020 (thank goodness), and the once-in-800 years alignment of Jupiter and Saturn. It reminds me of the anthropological concept of “liminality,” defined as a “transitional period or a phase of a rite of passage.” That’s where we are right now, […]

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Three Common Flaws in “Back to Work” Plans and How to Fix Them

During the past few weeks, I’ve spoken to a number of organizations about “Back to Work” plans including a presentation to the National Governor’s Association Summer Workforce Symposium “Returning to Work – The Role of Workforce Development in Recovery.”  I’ve noticed three common flaws in many of the plans I’ve read or heard – a focus […]

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