Leadership Matters: 5 things COVID-19 taught us to make us better leaders

first_imgIt was John F. Kennedy who once said, “When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.”The same can be said for the COVID-19 pandemic, which has devastated the economy, taken lives and challenged organizations to maintain business while also protecting their customers and employees. Being tossed in the fire, however, has taught us valuable lessons that have strengthened us as leaders. Here are five lessons we’ve learned from the COVID-19 crisis.No. 1: AgilityWhen faced with an uncertain, complicated and rapidly changing crisis such as COVID-19, having agility and being able to move quickly has shown to be of the upmost importance to protect employees and prevent spread of the virus. When news of the pandemic broke, Kinecta Federal Credit Union executives met and decided to immediately implement a mandatory work-from-home program for non-member-facing roles, postpone all events and in-person meetings, discontinue gym activities and provide daily updates to employees. Additionally, to administer the Paycheck Protection Program, our bankers and financial experts had to quickly learn how the PPP business loan program works and how to navigate the website. We also made changes to accommodate and protect our most vulnerable members. For instance, we opened an hour early to service only senior citizens and high-risk individuals. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

World Athletics Championships: Virus Outbreak Hits Official Hotel In London, As IAAF Withdraws Makwala

first_imgBotswana’s athlete, Isaac Makwala, is among the 30 athletes said to be affected by suspected outbreak of norovirus in one of the World Championships official hotel in London.30-year-old Makwala, who is a major contender in the 400m, has been withdrawn from competing by the IAAF due to “medical conditions” after he vomited.Ireland also confirmed that their 400m hurdler Thomas Barr, have also been affected, following the collapse of Germany’s triple jumper Neele Eckhardt.A statement from the Local Organising Committee (LOC) read: “There have been a number of cases reported by team members residing within one of the official team hotels.”“Those affected have been supported by both team and LOC medical staff. In addition, we have been working with Public Health England to ensure the situation is managed and contained.”“As a result, further advice and guidelines have been issued to team doctors and support staff.”Although two cases have been confirmed to be the virus, Tower Hotel officials have declared that the hotel is “not the source of the illness”.“We have followed strict hygiene protocol, ensuring that those affected are not in contact with other guests and all public areas have been thoroughly sanitised.” the hotel added.Relatedlast_img read more