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

Smarkets revamps executive leadership team for critical 2019

first_img Smarkets gains green light to enter Swedish market July 28, 2020 Share Share Online betting exchange Smarkets, has moved to significantly strengthen its executive leadership team, announcing a quartet of C-level appointments.Updating the market, Smarkets confirms that former enterprise team member Robin Harrison has returned to the company as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).Harrison re-joins as Smarkets technology lead, having spent a year as Head of Engineering for Santander Bank backed fintech start-up ASTO.Further strengthening, the betting firm’s day-to-day operations, Smarkets confirms the appointment of former Hero Gaming executive Chris Baldacchino as Chief Compliance Officer.The new executive, appointments will be supported by the promotions of Tom Hardman and Céline Crawford as Chief Operations Officer (CPO) and Chief Communications Officer respectively.Smarkets revamps its executive leadership team, as the betting group prepares to launch its best-price sportsbook product in 2019, powered by the firm’s proprietary platform and systems.Backing Smarket’s new executive team, company Founder and CEO Jason Trost stated – “Robin, having been a team lead at Smarkets previously, is well-placed to develop and advance our class-leading product further, while Chris’s industry expertise will be invaluable as we look to expand to new territories, such as the emerging US market and other European countries.“Both Céline and Tom are integral employees who have been with the company for many years and fully deserve their promotions, having played a big part in our recent success.” Related Articles Submit Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Local Author publishes New Release Best Seller Book

first_imgFor Knott, the most important part of the book being published and available are the people that are reaching out and telling her what the book has meant to them in context to their own stories she shares.“The return of love that I feel from the level of truth-telling in the book that was put in, on purpose, is now meeting its purpose in what it was meant to do, heal,” said KnottKnott is currently travelling to Festivals with her book and writing her second book which could be published by 2021.The book, In My Own Moccasins, a memoir of resilience can be purchased at Cole’s at Totem mall and Online sites such as Amazon.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local Indigenous Author, Helen Knott has published her first book, In My Own Moccasins, a memoir of resilience which has made a bestseller list for new releases.The book took Knott three years to write and two years for publishing. The five years in total has been a process to get the book into the world shares, Knott.- Advertisement -Knott shares, she has always loved writing since a little girl and something she has wanted to do yet says she was never set on sharing her story.The idea of the book came to her during a state of prayer which told Knott to write. She started writing and this evolved into her now published book.The book has been impactful for readers and this can be seen through testimonials on social media and the internet. “The reaction to the book has been pretty amazing, ” said Knott, “In terms of vocal support, that has been huge.”Knott shares, finding out the book was on a bestsellers list for new releases in the first week was pretty crazy for her, as she figured this would happen eventually, yet not as soon as it did.Advertisementlast_img read more