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Your pandemic business takeaways are wrong

Author Joe Nocera & Author Bethany McLean

Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera discuss their book, The Big Fail, along with how lockdowns may have miscalculated risk, the pros/cons of a market-based society, and the vital leadership lessons about adapting to new information.

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Gaza in crisis

Mercy Corps’ Arnaud Quemin

Arnaud Quemin joins Rapid Response to discuss how his team in Gaza is coping, sharing first-hand accounts from those on the ground.

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On the ground in Israel

Hello Heart’s Maayan Cohen

Maayan Cohen describes navigating the unprecedented challenges of running a business in Israel while the country is at war, all while prioritizing the safety and well-being of her employees and their families.

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The rise of the wisdom worker

Modern Elder Academy’s Chip Conley

As we live and work longer, leaders need to redefine how they think about attracting and developing intergenerational talent. Modern Elder Academy’s Chip Conley is at the forefront of this mindset shift, explaining why “wisdom workers” will take the place of “knowledge workers.” A close mentor to Airbnb founder Brian Chesky, Chip stresses that those in mid-career face both more angst and more opportunity than ever. He provides a roadmap for reframing midlife from crisis to calling, and argues that five generations in the workplace requires a new generational compact.

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Playing offense in adversity

Target’s Brian Cornell

The fallout from the pandemic is proving to be as challenging for business leaders to navigate as the pandemic’s onset. Target’s CEO Brian Cornell had to make difficult decisions in the second quarter of this year to manage an unexpected surplus of goods and home technology. He shares his most recent learnings, as well as lessons for handling skepticism, the need for agility, and why mental wellness is key to a successful team.

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Turning tears into action

Planned Parenthood’s Alexis McGill Johnson

“Hope is a practice. It comes from doing.” As the head of Planned Parenthood, Alexis McGill Johnson is regrouping in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to remove the federal right to safe abortion. Johnson is now faced with the challenge to move her team from tears and shock to action. Any leader faced with a worst-case scenario can learn from her vision: “to fight and stay courageous, and maintain ourselves.”

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Podcast: Episode 114: Must Listen

Harness the passion of internal factions

Fable’s Padmasree Warrior

Every company has its own internal factions: engineers vs. designers, East Coast vs. West, IT vs. everybody. The trick is turning factionalism into healthy competition that propels you toward your shared mission. At Motorola, Cisco, and now her start-up Fable, Padma Warrior has tapped into the power of internal divisions. It’s not about separating people into warring camps; it’s about building bridges from our differences, rather than divisions.

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Redesigning work in a crisis

Upwork’s Hayden Brown

Most future of work conversations revolve around the “where,” but Upwork CEO Hayden Brown says it’s more important to focus on the “who.” 10% of the workforce at Upwork, the global tech platform for millions of freelance workers, was directly impacted by the war in Ukraine. Hayden’s people-focused approach to the difficult decision of how to manage remote employees there and in Russia is the same mindset she applies to meet the needs of all workers, from people feeling conflict to working mothers.

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Podcast: Episode 111: Must Listen

Extraordinary leaps need solid foundations, part 2

Moderna’s Stéphane Bancel

A diverse network of collaborators is key when making scale leaps. Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel has cultivated a wide network of scientists, business leaders, and government officials across his career. When COVID-19 struck, Bancel called upon this nexus of experts to aid the warp-speed development of the mRNA-based vaccine in the race to save millions of lives.

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