What a rollercoaster week so far! All kind of news on the COVID front and as we near the 6-month mark, the future is still not clear. With that as the backdrop, this week’s What’s Hot Wednesday for Business Leaders shares stories that caught my attention as I keep my focus on being the best version of myself I can be while supporting the people around me.

How are you keeping yourself strong when facing the challenges in your sphere? What strategies are working for keeping your focus? Please share and with your permission, I’ll share them in an upcoming issue.

And on the sharing note, here’s what came into my sphere this week that I want to share with you:

  • I cannot say enough about this podcast hosted by Dan Nestle with his guest, Pinaki Kathiari, CEO of Local Wisdom. It starts off as a conversation about business communications, on which they are both experts, and then morphs into a delightful conversation about how to challenge ourselves through difficult times while finding inner strength.
  • Want to keep stress from damaging your brain? Wait, what? Sure, stress is soooo unhealthy. Here are tips for reducing the impact of stressors on your operating system, a.k.a. your brain.
  • Owlthena’s parent company, Digital Brand Expressions, recently made the decision to make working from home (WFH) permanent. Following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the company’s leadership made working from home an option 1-2 days a week. Eventually the whole team worked from home the same 2 days per week, and with Covid, shifted to WFH daily. Now we’ve decided to forego the New York office and while we’ll keep our Princeton address, it will be mostly as a gathering place for the times we really want in-person get togethers—once those are safer. This article from Harvard Business Review asks if your company is ready for permanent WFH and provides insights for answering that question.
  • Are you hiring for culture or hiring to build a legacy? Tristan Walker is doing the latter and shares why he believes it’s been a key to the success of Walker & Company Brands.

Do Good Spotlight:  Children’s Specialized Hospital

I belong to a group of positive networkers called The Connective, run by super connector Joe Mindak. Last week he invited executives from Children’s Specialized Hospital to tell us their story, and it’s beautiful. Children’s Specialized is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges — from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. With 13 different New Jersey locations, their pediatric specialists partner with families to make innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and effective…so children can achieve more of their goals. We fell in love with them and donated this week. You can learn more about Children’s Specialized Hospital here. Please consider donating.

BONUS Do Good Spotlight: Timely Resources for Helping Others from BankRate

BankRate asked us to share a resource they created to help individuals like you who want to support those in need during these unpredictable times. It shows how to support charitable causes with various options, including donating credit card rewards. Here’s where you can learn to use these savvy ideas.

Remember, bring your best every day—others are counting on you, and when you bring it daily, you strengthen yourself too! Stay well, stay strong, stay focused!