News Round Up: 9/9/21

“Despite the impact of the pandemic, and perhaps contrary to expectations, clients are pressing forward with ambitious growth plans,” commented Lisa Farmer, Global Co-Leader, Interim Management, and Managing Partner, Interim, UK. “We are seeing strong demand for interim managers to drive growth and accelerate digital change, and manage international investments where Covid restricts executive mobility. Boyden Interim is distinctive in offering sector specialisation and consistent, cross-border capabilities to clients worldwide. This enables us to meet client needs and deliver the right leadership in a matter of days”. Read the full story here

The transition to remote work in 2020 has driven technology adoption at an unprecedented pace. Online events, teleconferencing, and virtual meetings quickly became the standard. “Zoom” entered the vernacular seemingly overnight. At virtual happy hours, conversations swirled around whether Microsoft Teams or Slack was the better collaboration tool. Necessity became the mother of adoption. Read the full article here

“Digital tools that got little traction for years are now business requirements, not only for productivity, but also for client engagement, business development, even social connection, and celebration. The question we have to ask ourselves is no longer how will we adapt to our new normal, but more importantly, how will we create a better normal?” This was a quote from Erica Dhawan - an award-winning speaker, author, and student of innovation and collaboration who spoke about digital body language, why it matters, and how to use it to master sales and engagement at the 2021 AESC Virtual Conference, “Thriving in the Next Normal. Read the full story here

Study findings show that while 77 percent of respondents are extremely confident or confident in their organization’s growth potential, just 47 percent are extremely confident or confident in having the right talent to align to strategy. For industrial and consumer companies, this drops to 42 percent and 41 percent respectively. Half of all respondents describe their business approach in 2022 as one of growth or expansion mode and just over a quarter, 26 percent, as a learning or transformation opportunity; this bullish approach versus lack of talent alignment jeopardizes post-pandemic growth and reinvention. Read the full article here

The workplace has undergone more changes in the past 12 months than arguably the past 50 years. What was long the norm for a desk job – quickly became undone in light of a rapidly spreading virus that has infiltrated every stratum of the business world and society at large. As companies first scrambled to respond by having employees work from home and are now tasked with envisioning a post-recovery strategy, human resources departments have found themselves on the frontline of companies’ crisis response. Read the full story here

 

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