Well, here we are. Second week of June 2020. We’re having quite a year of turmoil with lots of options for reflection and redirection, aren’t we?

Let’s take a collective pause, take a deep breath, business owners. Let’s each ask ourselves, with openness and pure intention, a question: “In my place, here, now, how can I do better? How can I take this moment to make a positive change that the people I lead will see, embrace, and carry forward themselves?

Remember, once you own a challenge, pick it up, turn it in your hand, you will see it in a different light. What are the challenges you’re ready to transform into opportunities today?

Here are news items that helped me look at business from new angles, so I’m sharing:

  • Can you use agile principles to speed innovation, and when is that a fool’s errand? This article from Harvard Business Review talks about how and when agile works and how to test it in your organization.
  • In this piece for Medium, David Dennis, Jr. says CEOs need to treat racism like a pandemic and making workplaces safe during the COVID pandemic is only part of the solution. Tough points and eye-opening statistics, worth the read.
  • From HCM Technology Report, an interview with Emily He, senior vice president of global marketing for Oracle’s Cloud HCM, on the topic of transition from “work life balance” to “work life integration.” You’re going to keep hearing about the concept of building work around life instead of vice versa, and this podcast (linking to the text transcript here) toplines that concept nicely.
  • Facebook announced they’re going to try “no meeting Wednesdays” once team members start returning to the office in 2021. The policy is meant to allow employees to continue working remotely and to get “non-meeting work” done wherever they are. Here’s the story in Inc.. What do you think? I’m not sure it’s realistic–meetings done right are work too. Would meeting-less Wednesdays work for your company?

 

Do Good Spotlight: NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

If you’re wondering what else you can do to help combat racial injustice in our country perhaps donating to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund is a good addition. Donations support those on the front lines fighting for improvements in our judicial and government systems. We donated this week and encourage you to learn more and donate.

 

Thanks for reading. Let us know if you have not-for-profits you’d like Owlthena to feature in upcoming issues. If you have insights, perspectives, or interesting trends to share with other business owners, we’d love to share those with our audience too. Shout it out!

In the meantime, stay well, stay focused!