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      CEOs Discuss How to Be an Effective Leader During Turbulent Times

      Brandy Knight

      Brandy Knight

      We all have the power to take back command over how we focus and what we focus on. As you develop a commitment to your self-practice of responsible emotional expression, being still and getting to know your vibrational codes of...

      Dr. Adam C. Bandelli of Bandelli & Associates

      Dr. Adam C. Bandelli of Bandelli & Associates

      Build Up Your Endurance: Endurance is about having stamina, resilience, and tenacity to achieve your goals during times of change and uncertainty. Leaders have dealt with unprecedented challenges during the pandemic. Their employees are working harder than they ever have...

      Bart McDonough of Agio

      Bart McDonough of Agio

      With new facts make new decisions. It’s important that leaders don’t get anchored in their decisions, especially during unpredictable times. You must be open to pivoting, and then pivoting again if it means a better business outcome.

      Todd Baldwin of Baldwin Capital

      Todd Baldwin of Baldwin Capital

      Lead by example. Be in the trenches with your team. Treat your employees with respect. They are people, not numbers. Be customer centric. Listen to your customers and give them what they want.

      Tess Cox of TC&A

      Tess Cox of TC&A

      Our “number one principle” is simple for all things and in all ways: Character is the foundation of everything we build. When a company chooses character, it will find its way through the turbulent times. Character supports using our strengths...

      Minna Taylor of Energize Your Voice

      Minna Taylor of Energize Your Voice

      Over communicate. During a crisis, I have never heard someone express that they wish they had less information. Simply reflect back to the last time your flight was delayed. Everyone is standing around with anxious glances wondering if anyone knows...

      Michelle King of Soul2Sole

      Michelle King of Soul2Sole

      Give and receive constructive, honest feedback. Building an emotional connection with your team. Knowing yourself + Always be learning/growing. Understanding Your Impact + Showing Up As A Leader with Purpose. Knowing + Understanding What’s Important to your team.

      Jessica Nordlander of ThoughtExchange

      Jessica Nordlander of ThoughtExchange

      Wrap change in a compelling rationale. Business leaders the world over have been known to bemoan the difficulty of getting their employees on board with change because they subscribe to the mentality that when you’re the boss, you shouldn’t have...

      Jason Randall of Questco

      Jason Randall of Questco

      Rely on your values, both organizational and personal. Like many businesses, safety concerns surrounding COVID-19 have pushed us to think (and re-think) our approach to return to the physical offices. This is not an easy call; we have close-knit teams...

      Dan Martin of Xpress Global Systems

      Dan Martin of Xpress Global Systems

      Go on offense. By that I mean: You can’t save your way out of challenges, you have to sell your way out. Have a really good commercial plan, think customer collaboration, and be proactive about implementing your plan when times...

      Charles Eide of EideCom

      Charles Eide of EideCom

      Commitment to your mission. Positivity. Innovative mindset. Love for your team. Willingness to be wrong.

      Carol Seymour of Signature Leaders

      Carol Seymour of Signature Leaders

      Stay passionate — During turbulent times, it’s easy to throw all your energy into the problems at hand and, at times, lose sight of the big picture. We need to anchor back into our passion, that fire in our belly...

      Len Herstein of ManageCamp

      Len Herstein of ManageCamp

      This one is something that must be practiced BEFORE times become turbulent! Develop a process for threat awareness and scenario planning so that the organization can remain calm and execute confidently when situations arise.

      PJ Taei of Uscreen TV

      PJ Taei of Uscreen TV

      Clear communication and transparency — Leading this way ensures everyone is on the same page about where you’re headed. This is how you keep everyone on track to hit goals! Stay flexible — Be ready to pivot at any moment....

      Eva-Marie Costello of Springboard

      Eva-Marie Costello of Springboard

      Be open, honest and transparent. Being transparent is paramount. The more your employees feel knowledgeable about how the business is doing and what current priorities are, the more confident they’ll be. A level of discretion is always required for leaders,...

      Diane Egbers of Leadership Excelleration

      Diane Egbers of Leadership Excelleration

      This is a critical time for businesses to be customer-centric. Customers will be committed and loyal to those who help solve their problems during turbulent times. Talk to them to really understand what they’re struggling with and determine solutions for...

      Charis Jones of Sassy Jones

      Charis Jones of Sassy Jones

      Be a good listener. There’s a reason we have two ears and one mouth! You have to be a good receiver and a good feeler to intuitively understand your team members. You need boundaries and appointments and can’t let it...

      Stephen Wyatt of Corporate Rebirth

      Stephen Wyatt of Corporate Rebirth

      Accelerate switching over to new working practices and digital enablement. Use the urgency of the situation to switch over into the mainstream, behaviours and reliance on applications and systems that may have previously been regarded as experiments, pilots or only...

      Liza Anderson of Anderson Group PR

      Liza Anderson of Anderson Group PR

      The best way to communicate is just to be honest and straightforward while listening and being sensitive of the other person’s point of view. I’m a big believer in honesty, being upfront, and treating co-workers and clients the same way...

      Jane Floyd of NFM Lending

      Jane Floyd of NFM Lending

      Remain present. Uncertainty is a given in life, and it’s our job as leaders to pivot our team’s focus to the now. The past is there for us to learn from and it does us no good to anxiously await...

      Eric Recker of Indicloud

      Eric Recker of Indicloud

      Be Innovative. Consistently research and be looking at ways to improve your business with new products. Look outside of your core business group and seek out what consumers are craving. Many businesses succeed but to stay successful, you must set...

      Dr Ellen Snee

      Dr Ellen Snee

      Communicate. Do everything you can to let people know what is going on, what you are doing, and why it is necessary and important. During the financial crisis a colleague who ran a medium-size consulting business experienced a dramatic reduction...

      Richard Jeffery of ActiveOps

      Richard Jeffery of ActiveOps

      Ensure people are busy and stretched with things that deliver clear outcomes. When we had a complete stop to implementations last year, we repurposed our delivery teams to support rapid product development of new client services and resources. Alongside the...

      Leonard Polonsky of MedStock

      Leonard Polonsky of MedStock

      Communicate. Once a plan is established, make sure you clearly communicate regularly to your team. It’s so easy to get bogged down in the everyday minutiae (especially if you’re all working remotely) and forget about communicating clearly with purpose and...

      Lauren Kennedy of Coastal Consulting

      Lauren Kennedy of Coastal Consulting

      Compassion fatigue exists in all industries facing emotional and physical burnout. Healthcare, service industries, childcare, and teaching come to mind. Regardless of the unique circumstances your team faces, make sure you’re giving them space to recover and the tools to...

      Jeremy Foo of TripCandy

      Jeremy Foo of TripCandy

      Knowing your “why” actually helps you build your grit, grit helps you get through the toughest of days and that is where most people will see you for who you are. Every great thing turned out successful because someone decided...

      Dr Mark Jacobs of the University of Dayton

      Dr Mark Jacobs of the University of Dayton

      Communicate continually about the long-term objective and how it’s being realized. Build relationships within and beyond the organization, particularly with suppliers, that can be leveraged.

      Dina Kaplan of The Path

      Dina Kaplan of The Path

      Care about your team. Show your team that you care about them not just as workers but as people. As I said, when the pandemic broke out, I gave everyone a bonus. I had no idea what the company would...

      David Zipkin of Tradewind Aviation

      David Zipkin of Tradewind Aviation

      Spend your time wisely. Use the opportunity to learn from the issues that arise during uncertain or turbulent times, and rethink processes to come out of tough times with better systems in place. During the pandemic our teams were empowered...

      Stacy Janiak of Deloitte

      Stacy Janiak of Deloitte

      Challenge your own thinking. Its so important to bring in new and fresh perspectives to constantly challenge your thinking and push you to be a better leader. I like to surround myself with a team that can do that for...

      Sonia Layne-Gartside

      Sonia Layne-Gartside

      Communicate clearly, simply, and frequently. It will feel as if you are overcommunicating and you should be. Trust me, that is what is needed to bring people on board. To get them to act and not stop because they are...

      Radha Ruparell

      Radha Ruparell

      Seek out diverse perspectives. In uncertain times, it’s important to widen your lens to see things you might be missing. No one person can see the whole system. So, it’s essential to proactively connect with people who come from diverse...

      Mary Dittrich of U.S. Renal Care

      Mary Dittrich of U.S. Renal Care

      Check in frequently on your plans and progress. Setting both long and short-term goals, evaluating progress, and course correcting in real-time was an incredibly valuable lesson that allowed us to move forward while putting safety at the forefront.

      Leadership Coach Kate Davis

      Leadership Coach Kate Davis

      Overdeliver for your customers and clients. They will remember you and stay loyal during the good times and the bad. Excellent customer service is still too rare — be the difference.

      Larry Siegel of Yunique Medical

      Larry Siegel of Yunique Medical

      Client and Team before yourself: Your business may have started out as your baby, but it is your clients and your team that will drive it to success. Push them away by focusing solely on your needs, and you will...

      Dr Tammy Lewis Wilborn of Wilborn Clinical Services

      Dr Tammy Lewis Wilborn of Wilborn Clinical Services

      Be open: Effective leaders seek and embrace new and/or different perspectives and ideas and are open to feedback on what works and what needs to change.

      Dan Haesler, Author

      Dan Haesler, Author

      Practice Gratitude — Ask yourself, “What three little things am I grateful for today?” Right now it’s normal to focus on what we’ve lost — particularly if we’ve previously taken them for granted. However, it is important to focus on...

      Caroline Hirsch of Carolines on Broadway

      Caroline Hirsch of Carolines on Broadway

      Don’t be afraid to apologize and be straight forward and transparent. It is important to give people options. We have had comics that have had emergencies and couldn’t go on with the show last minute. They are human. Things happen....

      Abigail Stason

      Abigail Stason

      KEEP PEOPLE GROUNDED IN THE VISION: By giving people a “north star” they have something to ground to. I offered this earlier. In any uncertain times, we can always wake up and love each other. From there we can examine...

      Jeff Barber of Prime Data Centers

      Jeff Barber of Prime Data Centers

      The opportunity that a lot of business leaders miss during turbulent times is to capitalize on changing needs from your customers. In tough times, companies too often turn inwards. The best companies focus outwards, on how their customer’s needs are...

      Henry Ma of Ricoma & Garmeo

      Henry Ma of Ricoma & Garmeo

      I think the first thing is instilling confidence. During the pandemic, as people were talking and whispering about what would happen, you have to instill confidence and assure people of the plan to it and follow up that message with...

      Michael Nall of Biocept

      Michael Nall of Biocept

      Communication: During the pandemic, our frequent communication and town halls have allowed us to give employees confidence that their leaders are charting a positive course. They also allow employees to voice concerns and ask questions — one person’s concern is...

      Erica Calise of Sharp

      Erica Calise of Sharp

      Say thank you. Acknowledgment of a person or team’s accomplishments can go a long way. As well, saying thank you to a customer for their business and continued confidence in you and the company can be extremely powerful.

      Amy Braun-Bostich of Braun-Bostich & Associates

      Amy Braun-Bostich of Braun-Bostich & Associates

      Stay focused on the future and the path forward. If you dwell on what happened in the past, you can get bogged down in hopelessness and give up. I always look at a situation and ask how to make the...

      Sam Reese of Vistage

      Sam Reese of Vistage

      Believe in breakthroughs by celebrating incremental success — Implementing changes or reaching goals can be an arduous journey from start to finish. Celebrating small successes can make the big ones feel more attainable and doing so is critical for coworkers...

      Robert Hyde of Payment Source

      Robert Hyde of Payment Source

      Over communicate: When things are uncertain, you need to find every opportunity to communicate and that means looking at different mediums and methods. Some people absorb more by reading, so you need written communication, while others need to listen so...

      Ray Mays of Eye Centers of Tennessee (ECOTN)

      Ray Mays of Eye Centers of Tennessee (ECOTN)

      You have to have endurance. There are no timeouts. Having a business is kind of like being a parent; it’s game-on, every day. It takes endurance to deal with that.

      Michael Schultz of Infuse Hospitality

      Michael Schultz of Infuse Hospitality

      Be honest with your teams and don’t be shy to ask for help or show weakness. If your ego is more important than the well-being of your people, you need to take a serious look in the mirror.

      Loren Baidas of General RV Center

      Loren Baidas of General RV Center

      As I stated earlier, I believe you need to make decisions that will balance both your present circumstances and your long-term goals. I believe this gives you more stability and sustainability to weather challenges.

      Gia Lacqua of elivate

      Gia Lacqua of elivate

      Build your capacity for mental agility. Mental agility is the ability to look at a situation from multiple perspectives and think creatively and flexibly. To be able to adjust and respond to new situations. Leaders must maintain an adaptive mindset...

      PJ Taei of Uscreen

      PJ Taei of Uscreen

      Clear communication and transparency . Leading this way ensures everyone is on the same page about where you’re headed. This is how you keep everyone on track to hit goals!

      Krista Webster of Veritas Communications

      Krista Webster of Veritas Communications

      Don’t wait for the right moment. You need to create that moment and set the tone in a genuine, calm, factual but compassionate way. And then speak to the forward-looking actions you believe will help and ask for immediate input....

      Dr Beulah Ji of GSK

      Dr Beulah Ji of GSK

      Connect Purpose to Action — Think about the people that your work will help and take advantage of any opportunity you have to listen to them and understand the challenges they’re living with and how you’re able to help them....

      Dave Ross of Seqirus

      Dave Ross of Seqirus

      As the only vaccine company with a singular global focus on influenza, Seqirus works tirelessly on cutting-edge research, transformative technologies and the latest methods of production and distribution. Together with our partners, we’re on the front line to protect communities...

      Amit Patel of Mythos Group

      Amit Patel of Mythos Group

      Put Optimism Into Action — Optimism is simply defined as being positively hopeful and having confidence in the future success of events. Optimism and positivity are both fundamental factors of resiliency and success. Optimism isn’t about sweeping pessimism and negativity...

      Rachael Flanagan

      Rachael Flanagan

      Do high-value tasks — This is usually building assets, building relationships, leading, and selling. You need to check in with yourself and I put the mirror up to myself to ensure I’m focusing on the high-value tasks as a priority....

      Lauren Foundos of FORTË

      Lauren Foundos of FORTË

      Be positive. The attitude of the company disseminates from the top, so it’s important to always remember that even if it’s difficult for you to do, you must do it. People can get through hard times, so long as they...

      Keah Kalantari of Friction Labs

      Keah Kalantari of Friction Labs

      Good leadership starts with acknowledging to your team that the future is always uncertain, even when things are going well. We try to keep the focus on executing the controllable actions that we can take, not the outcomes that can...

      Dr Anthony Davidson of Fordham University

      Dr Anthony Davidson of Fordham University

      Be surrounded by good people. I subscribe to the adage that a person needs to learn from everyone. Everybody can teach you something. Maybe they can teach you how ‘not’ to do something, but they certainly can teach you something...

      Brendan Finucane of Ecanvasser

      Brendan Finucane of Ecanvasser

      Be open to change and not let the status quo become the company norm (unless your company is a MNC). I had let a culture of the status quo fester for a period of time and it took many difficult...

      Axel Tillmann of WORLD SUMMIT

      Axel Tillmann of WORLD SUMMIT

      Never believe that your customers are too dumb to see the value, and then feel compelled to try harder to convince them. We did the right thing and started a customer focus group and everyone told us “We will never...

      Yamilette Cano of LOUDER Global

      Yamilette Cano of LOUDER Global

      Be sure that you have everything prepared before you enter into the conversation. You need to understand the how and why behind the tough news, understand who was involved, and know the rationale behind the problematic information. When you do...

      Stephen D’Angelo

      Stephen D’Angelo

      Frequent communication — I was president of a publicly-traded software company and we had to completely re-engineer our technology. Our sales had been hurt due to our outdated technology. One of the things I promised our employees was that I...

      Rob Pyne, Author

      Rob Pyne, Author

      You have to balance the need for transparency with the fear of uncertainty. The mistake leaders make is to wait until they have the solution. Let’s say a valued team member is leaving. I’ve seen the leader fail to tell...

      Mike Milyavsky and Anna Gorovoy of Shaker & Spoon

      Mike Milyavsky and Anna Gorovoy of Shaker & Spoon

      Listen to experts, but with caution. You can always find people who know more than you do on any given subject, and they can be an invaluable resource that you should definitely learn what you can from, but in the...

      Richard Haggerty of Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors

      Richard Haggerty of Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors

      Building on the concept of making difficult decisions, good leaders also have to know when to cut bait and change course. Not every decision is going to succeed. If they do, then you are probably playing it too safe. Leaders...

      Mimi Brooks of Logical Design Solutions

      Mimi Brooks of Logical Design Solutions

      I think that in an uncertain post-pandemic era, when coupled with the scepter of growing social unrest and environmental concerns, leaders must be more aware than ever before of the ethical consequences of the decisions they make or suffer the...

      Lindsay A Rosenwald of Fortress Biotech

      Lindsay A Rosenwald of Fortress Biotech

      Make sure to keep enough financial resources on hand so you are prepared to invest when others may not be in the same position. The biotech markets are incredibly volatile. Given scientific, payer, stock market, and economic risks, there are...

      Helen Horyza of Career Coach Entrepreneur Academy

      Helen Horyza of Career Coach Entrepreneur Academy

      Communicate to the Needs of Others: A keen awareness of your own communication preferences and a deeply studied understanding of how other people communicate allows you to be relevant, persuasive and connected. Under pressure, in turbulent times, it easy to...

      Elina Teboul of The LightUp Lab

      Elina Teboul of The LightUp Lab

      Let Go of Perfectionism. Perfectionism has been associated with a fear of failure and can lead to an inability to take action or diverge from commonly established ways of doing things. During uncertain times, leaders can get sucked into a...

      Dr Sunni Lampasso of Shaping Success Consulting

      Dr Sunni Lampasso of Shaping Success Consulting

      Psychological flexibility is an essential skill that can help a leader be highly effective during turbulent times. It refers to the ability to stay grounded in the present moment while being aware of your thoughts and feelings and making decisions...

      Derek Sabori of KOZM

      Derek Sabori of KOZM

      Give support — And to really show empathy, offer them the tools, or the means to get through it. Sometimes this means a day off, sometimes this means additional resources, sometimes this simply means a phone call. Know what your...

      Samuel Clarke of Bourbon Summer Cartoon Crisis

      Samuel Clarke of Bourbon Summer Cartoon Crisis

      Trust the expertise of your team. Hire talented people and then save yourself some time and frustration and trust your team. When you find reliable, talented, and motivated people you should clamp onto them like a lamprey and never let...

      Paul Altieri of Bob’s Watches

      Paul Altieri of Bob’s Watches

      Never rest on your laurels; don’t sit still. Be restless & set high goals. There is no such thing as coasting — You are either growing or slowing. Speed counts. Business today moves at the speed of light. Market opportunities...

      Matthew Anderson of Leadership Coaching for Results

      Matthew Anderson of Leadership Coaching for Results

      Appreciation, recognition, gratitude, love…these are all shades of the same positive mental attitude. When we adopt these mentalities, we see opportunities instead of dead ends. With an open and appreciative mindset, we can conquer any challenge that lays before us....

      Iona Campbell of Renegade Foods

      Iona Campbell of Renegade Foods

      Trust your team and make sure they trust you. Having a strong team is all about bringing a diversity of skill sets to the table and then supporting each other’s strengths and weaknesses. This has been especially important for us...

      David Ciccarelli of Voices

      David Ciccarelli of Voices

      Remember all your stakeholders. As a leader, it’s important to make sure your employees are in a good spot, but as CEO, there are two other groups you have a responsibility to: customers and board members/investors. Before the pandemic, I...

      Oleg Krot of TECHIIA holding

      Oleg Krot of TECHIIA holding

      Communicate and interact respectfully. Any attempt to raise your ego while offending or hurting other people is unacceptable. There is no reason to humiliate another person, there are no circumstances for this management style to be acceptable.

      Eoin Cooney of ARROE Smart Charging

      Eoin Cooney of ARROE Smart Charging

      Ride the waves. Bad things will always happen but if you keep pushing forward good things will happen too. Just keep rowing.

      Chad Wasilenkoff of Helicoid Industries

      Chad Wasilenkoff of Helicoid Industries

      Take a good hard look at your current situation. If your company is facing difficulties during these turbulent times then now is the time to take stock and evaluate what you would have done differently. Maybe you wish you had...

      Abby Schneiderman and Adam Seifer of Everplans

      Abby Schneiderman and Adam Seifer of Everplans

      It all comes down to keeping your team on your side. Be open, honest, and clear and constantly in communication. For example, during the early days of Covid we had almost daily status update meetings with our team to let...

      Galen M Hair

      Galen M Hair

      Be Upfront with Your Staff — When the pandemic started we told them that money was going to be tight, but if they would fight for us, we would fight for them. The same thing when I started a new...

      Kristy Willis of Peopleready

      Kristy Willis of Peopleready

      Delivering persistent clear communication strategies and outreach to your peers and teams will help ensure all understand the vision for the future. Transparency is key in helping your teams embrace the highs and lows of business fluctuations, while reminding them...

      Dan Prince of illumisoft

      Dan Prince of illumisoft

      Communicate and then communicate some more. During uncertain times people want more information so often these may be daily check-ins with your team and your clients.

      Beate Chelette of Chelette Enterprises

      Beate Chelette of Chelette Enterprises

      Remember, as a leader, you do not have to have all the answers. That’s what you’ve got your people for. Don’t ever stop asking questions and invite open dialogue — and then when you are told the truth, take what...

      Amy Sanchez of Swim Against the Current

      Amy Sanchez of Swim Against the Current

      How to manage the stress and demands of your role so you operate at your peak- I’ve been working with a CMO whose boss, the CEO, gets stressed and then picks apart her strategy and criticizes her decisions. Not only...

      Allison Shapira of Global Public Speaking

      Allison Shapira of Global Public Speaking

      Make your team feel safe and secure. When your team’s existential needs are being met, they have more energy to be creative. I let my team know that their jobs were secure and that we would use this time to...

      Dr Rob Fazio of OnPoint Advising

      Dr Rob Fazio of OnPoint Advising

      In turbulent times people want relief. This often causes executives to go with the first solution, rather than further exploring options. It’s key to have a diverse range of people who are willing to disagree to widen the options before...

      Srikant Chellappa of Engagedly

      Srikant Chellappa of Engagedly

      Don’t be complacent and ignore reality. We live in a VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) world, which means that there’s always uncertainty around us and we must adapt. As an example, at Engagedly, we were initially focused on social...

      Brian Rainey of Gooten

      Brian Rainey of Gooten

      Transparency: Simply communicating is not enough. A leader must also communicate transparently to ensure expectations are appropriately set and there are no misunderstandings. There are already so many unknowns when a business is experiencing turbulent times, so leading with transparency...

      Dr Brian Glibkowski of Semplar Science

      Dr Brian Glibkowski of Semplar Science

      Turbulent times are about swirling questions. Effective answers quiet the storm. Identify the key questions, before and during a conversation, and communicate the right answers.

      Cheryl Johnson

      Cheryl Johnson

      Resilience can be born out of trust and allowing yourself to be vulnerable. People do not fail on their own. Being open and trusting others to help us during difficult times can make us feel vulnerable. People need to feel...

      Barbara James of Bethesda Hospital

      Barbara James of Bethesda Hospital

      Consideration- Put on your listening ears and open your eyes. Welcome employees to voice their opinion and concerns in town halls, staff meetings, or even an anonymous suggestion box. Make everyone feel like they are heard. Be observant. Look at...

      Athena Oanessian of You Squared

      Athena Oanessian of You Squared

      Be resilient. As human beings, we can endure so much. Life is hard in all aspects but knowing you have a company to run and that your team relies on you means you need to be a strong and inspiring...

      Martin G. Moore

      Martin G. Moore

      Being calm isn’t just about putting your game face on. I’m talking about the deep, genuine, centered calm that comes when you have a certain grace under pressure. And your people can tell the difference.

      Dr Brian Harris of Smile Virtual

      Dr Brian Harris of Smile Virtual

      Yes….love what you do. When you love what you do, it takes some of that stress away. If you are not happy, change it or change the way you look at it.

      Deborah Levine

      Deborah Levine

      Tumultuous times require frequent changes in goals and objectives. Your team will need to trust you to follow your lead into uncharted territory. Building that trust will require listening with authenticity and transparency especially when there are setbacks and roadblocks,...

      R P Singh of Seasia Group

      R P Singh of Seasia Group

      Maintaining Transparency: Depending on the context of the crisis response, communication can take several forms, but the most important qualities for honest communication are honesty, empathy, and transparency. If you leave out one or more of these factors, your communication...

      Matt Wiley of VYNE Therapeutics

      Matt Wiley of VYNE Therapeutics

      Creating an environment of trust, integrity, and honesty: The only way to create trust is to give it willingly and expect it in return. When employees trust each other, there is no situation too great that cannot be navigated. This...

      Ken Pasternak

      Ken Pasternak

      Be a visible role model. Employees tend to get their visual clues for how to behave from two key people, their immediate boss, and the CEO. All leaders, but especially those two, must make their presence visible on a constant...

      Rachel Thornton of scarlettabbott

      Rachel Thornton of scarlettabbott

      Be empathetic. Remember that people adapt to change differently, so don’t rush off ahead because you’ve had your head in this space for longer. Keep pace with all of your people and empathize with them and their individual situations.

      Nathan Stallings of Matrix Integration

      Nathan Stallings of Matrix Integration

      During the pandemic we focused our attention on our people. Specifically, all of our focus went to keeping our people safe, employed and productive. We immediately increased communication — we held more frequent leadership mtgs (daily for the first couple...

      Louise Hallam

      Louise Hallam

      Get to really know people so that you can understand their gifts, skills, talents and their passion for growth and opportunity. Not just in work, but in life. What is getting in their way? Provide nurture, support and learning that...

      Darcy Luoma of Darcy Luoma Coaching & Consulting

      Darcy Luoma of Darcy Luoma Coaching & Consulting

      Create self-awareness. This is something that I’ve talked about throughout this entire interview. And for good reason! Being self-aware is crucial to your success. It gets you thinking about your habits and enables you to truly understand what challenges are...

      Chris Jackson of Stream Realty Partners

      Chris Jackson of Stream Realty Partners

      I firmly believe that not one leader can get you through a crisis. Successfully navigating a crisis takes teamwork. That is the silver lining to a crisis — you witness the emergence of true leaders. As I mentioned earlier with...

      Ariella Lehrer of Legacy Games

      Ariella Lehrer of Legacy Games

      Keep an eye on technology trends. It’s always much better to be ahead of the curve rather than the long tail. I’ve been at the front of some trends, like TV licensed games and augmented reality, and also at the...

      Amir Sahba of Thinkingbox

      Amir Sahba of Thinkingbox

      Find a mentor so you can step away, discuss, and assess decisions. Having a mentor for the duration of Thinkingbox has been extremely helpful. It’s evolved from being a business mentorship to mentorship on everything in life.

      Tina Berger

      Tina Berger

      Engage staff in developing solutions. Leaders should engage our teams in the creative effort of analyzing and innovating to address the business’s most pressing challenges.

      Parth Raval of PepsiCo

      Parth Raval of PepsiCo

      Think Broadly About The Business Model — Uncertainty upends entire value systems. During times of uncertainty, business leaders must think deeply about vulnerabilities of the business model and candidly assess areas of risk before forces of obsolescence exert change exogenously....

      Eric Yaverbaum of Ericho Communications

      Eric Yaverbaum of Ericho Communications

      Be empathetic, compassionate, and encouraging. As CEO, it is my job to steady the ship. Both times I was sick with COVID-19, while there was clearly a lot happening in my own life, all my employees, clients, and their families...

      Donald Scherer of CrossBorder Solutions

      Donald Scherer of CrossBorder Solutions

      Indecision will kill you. Make the call. If it winds up being wrong, fix it quickly, but you need to make decisions with lightning speed. When the pandemic hit, I was uncomfortable with our cost structure due to slow payment...

      Cindy Hoffman of Media Mentors

      Cindy Hoffman of Media Mentors

      Employees want stability and want to know what to expect each day they come into the office or log on to their computer. Make changes when necessary not arbitrarily. If you need to make a change because policies or guidelines...

      Vince Dawkins of Enertia Software

      Vince Dawkins of Enertia Software

      Amid uncertainty, it pays off to make bold decisions. You have to first ensure the health of your stakeholders — teams, clients, families, and so on — and then decide how to sustain yourself and find momentum. At Enertia, we...

      Stephen Jaye of Woods & Jaye Sales

      Stephen Jaye of Woods & Jaye Sales

      Engage with others often and have empathy for your team, for your customers. Look reality in the eye then plan your course of action with a combination of facts and audacious optimism.

      Hayden Wadsworth of HydroJug

      Hayden Wadsworth of HydroJug

      Consistency — The ability to be consistent in the actions you say you will take, whether it be meetings, marketing targets or anything else, it’s so crucial to a company. Why? Because it builds the feeling of security for those...

      Alicia Mckay

      Alicia Mckay

      Flexibility — To lead through complexity, we need to be OK with change. Flexible leaders know that leadership isn’t about getting things done in spite of their environment, but because of it. They have the awareness, agency and resilience to...

      Stormi Lewis of Chasing Stormi

      Stormi Lewis of Chasing Stormi

      Celebrate wins with your team. You may not be able to give everyone a car like Oprah, but that doesn’t mean you can’t reward your team when you make a win during uncertain or turbulent times.

      Meghan Lynch of Six-Point Creative

      Meghan Lynch of Six-Point Creative

      The five most important things that any business leader should do to lead effectively during uncertain times are to prioritize opportunities, gather data to create a strong strategy, identify the DNA (“do not alter”) of their business, make sure you...

      Ketan Dattani of Buckingham Futures

      Ketan Dattani of Buckingham Futures

      Be agile — Business agility is the ability to react to change in real-time, creating a new strategy in the face of situations like COVID-19 for which there is no playbook.

      Colleen Callander of Mentor Me

      Colleen Callander of Mentor Me

      With 30 years of retail under my belt and 13 of those years as CEO I am no stranger to uncertain or difficult times. In my experience the only way to deal with uncertainty is with honesty and transparency.

      Yannis Niebelschüetz of CoachHub

      Yannis Niebelschüetz of CoachHub

      Show that you are human — Even if you as a CEO are finding it difficult, there is no shame in saying that you are finding it difficult. This may be a controversial one, but I think there is an...

      S. Ibraheem Mahmood of AMO Pharma

      S. Ibraheem Mahmood of AMO Pharma

      Listen hard to ideas around you then be decisive: Our clinical program AMO-06, in development for treatment of combat related PTSD, is a highly unusual and difficult disease target, but listening to our chief scientific and chief medical executives, whose...

      Richard Huffman of Celebree School

      Richard Huffman of Celebree School

      Communication: During the pandemic, daily zooms, huddles and internal communications was and will continue to be extremely important to achieve success.

      Leslie Jones of SpiralMethod

      Leslie Jones of SpiralMethod

      Invest in your company culture in terms of health and people. Come from purpose over profit. Let go and trust your team members to perform. Be creative. Stay authentically connected with your team.

      Former CBS President Elizabeth Tumulty

      Former CBS President Elizabeth Tumulty

      Value Each One of Your Stakeholders: First remember that every stakeholder, from large investors to your entry-level employees, and everyone in between wants you to succeed. When a stakeholder feels undervalued, you will likely have a problem that is going...

      David Tracz of studio3877

      David Tracz of studio3877

      Drive for the best: Even though times are tough or turbulent. You can still drive to be better. It means continuing to improve even when things are pushing hard against you. When last year left us without a ton of...

      Brian Cruver of AlertMedia

      Brian Cruver of AlertMedia

      Invest in your people: It’s hard to ask people to be at their best when you’re not giving them the resources to do so in the first place. Take the time to get to know your people, understand their goals,...

      Corey Mangold of Orchid Ventures

      Corey Mangold of Orchid Ventures

      My number one principle is loyalty. In turbulent times you want loyal employees that will stick with you through it all, even if it means skipping out on a paycheck here and there. It’s a two-way street — leaders need...

      Angie Morgan of Lead Star

      Angie Morgan of Lead Star

      Keep Making Decisions. I learned in the Marines that a good decision today is better than a great one tomorrow. I was taught to embrace the 80% solution, which is a threshold of information you need to reach to make...

      Christopher Coultas of Leadership Worth Following

      Christopher Coultas of Leadership Worth Following

      Know what’s possible. I mentioned the idea of leading with hope earlier. I’d like to revisit that. One of the biggest dangers working and leading through turbulence is exit. As the saying goes, “It’s always darkest before the dawn,” and...

      Chase Terwilliger of Balanced Health Botanicals

      Chase Terwilliger of Balanced Health Botanicals

      Continue to be driven to succeed, the right way. Don’t cut corners.

      Andrew O’Shaughnessy of Poppulo

      Andrew O’Shaughnessy of Poppulo

      Be visible: Make frequent communication with your people a top priority. Be calm: A crisis tests true leadership — and as the saying goes, losing your head in a crisis is a good way to become the crisis. Be honest:...

      Todd Mosetter of Building Champions

      Todd Mosetter of Building Champions

      Prioritize connection. Make time to connect with people on your team because uncertainty breeds doubt and fear. People will be dealing with the crisis on a human level. Ask them how they’re doing and feeling and what questions they have....

      Sabrina Horn of Horn Strategy

      Sabrina Horn of Horn Strategy

      Communicate Often and Effectively — In times of uncertainty, leaders need to over-communicate. Leadership visibility, responsiveness, and the repetition of information create comfort, even when that information is repetitive. We’ve all felt anxiety when there is a lack of information...

      Roy Simrell of Prometric

      Roy Simrell of Prometric

      See the opportunity in the challenge. The challenges of the pandemic accelerated many trends — such as remote testing and enhanced use of technology in assessment — that would have taken several more years to achieve and become mainstream. This...

      Patricia Will of Belmont Village Senior Living

      Patricia Will of Belmont Village Senior Living

      Maintain low leverage. In times of crisis, you never want to have to choose between feeding seniors and paying the lender. Since our Company’s founding, there have been three economic recessions and a pandemic. Our operating company still has no...

      Nina Kalmund

      Nina Kalmund

      Yes, embrace the challenge. Honor the struggle. Learn to love the difficulties. Remember: Tougher times are forging you for greater things to come.

      Mychal Manolatos of SOLitude Lake Management

      Mychal Manolatos of SOLitude Lake Management

      Empathy — During turbulent times, your team is hurting the most. Strong leadership is nothing without empathy. You’re not always aware of what someone is struggling with or understand the challenges that they may be facing outside of work. But...

      Melissa Miller of Gratitude Investors

      Melissa Miller of Gratitude Investors

      Stay flexible and calm. Leaders should course correct in real-time. Employees will undoubtedly bring their personal anxiety and fears to work with them. Great leaders address worries by focusing on calmly leading and making the needed adjustments.

      Fiona Buckland of ‘Thoughtful Leadership

      Fiona Buckland of ‘Thoughtful Leadership

      Consciously lead yourself. Imagine two rivers. One is the river of reality, and the other, the river of illusion (swirling with stories that our minds project onto ourselves, other people and the world). With practice, we can notice in which...

      Donie Yamamoto of Vital Pet Life

      Donie Yamamoto of Vital Pet Life

      Remain optimistic against all odds. In my case, this meant embracing our ability to pivot without losing customers and sales and turning obstacles into opportunities. Having empathy right now is essential. We know that our suppliers are struggling and our...

      Dikla Yuval of PandoLogic

      Dikla Yuval of PandoLogic

      Act fast, but only after getting advice from all senior leadership and doing a thorough market comparison. When COVID hit and the first lockdowns began, we had to understand very fast who where the people struggling and what we could...

      David Horsager of the Trust Edge Leadership Institute

      David Horsager of the Trust Edge Leadership Institute

      Compassion — Practice genuine empathy by listening to your people, showing appreciation, waking up and being present, and serving others. Character — Know your top five decision-making values so that in a crisis you can be congruent and reliable. Commitment...

      Wes Adams of SV Consulting Group

      Wes Adams of SV Consulting Group

      Invest in the wellbeing of your team. When the pandemic first hit and everyone was unexpectedly stuck at home, the leadership at Hubspot, a company consistently ranked as one of the best places to work in the world, immediately thought...

      Theresa Lambert, Author

      Theresa Lambert, Author

      Create next-level awareness: Especially in turbulent times, we have an opportunity to getting to know ourselves better than we ever have and from that place, create a solid foundation that we can stand on. Leading others through uncertainty and turbulent...

      Michael Garlin of The ARK

      Michael Garlin of The ARK

      Creativity and flexibility go a long way during difficult times. Rather than focusing on a return to normal, I think leaders should focus on the future. Using uncertain times as periods of change and growth can be scary, but also...

      Mark McClain of SailPoint Technologies

      Mark McClain of SailPoint Technologies

      Integrity: Something else we noticed about big companies was their tendency to overpromise and under-deliver, to not follow through on what they say they’re going to do. That’s a failure to deliver, pure and simple, even when (and if) delivery...

      Gianna Scorsone of Aircall

      Gianna Scorsone of Aircall

      Create strong processes. Especially when our teams went remote, it was never more important to have processes for reporting, team improvement, and honest communication.

      Gavin Smith of NRG Experiential Marketing

      Gavin Smith of NRG Experiential Marketing

      Have the right financial partners (banks). They provide the financial oxygen you need to survive and will enable you to focus on your product and service development. Calmly lead by example. Be brave and demonstrate discipline toward your goals. Be...

      Dr. Kay Bretz of Turning Right

      Dr. Kay Bretz of Turning Right

      Take breaks to maintain momentum. Whatever we challenge we are facing, they are more like ultramarathons rather than sprints. The best advice I have is to allow ourselves to fully disconnect regularly instead of constantly thinking about the challenge. When...

      Chuck Masek of Vanguard Medical Concepts

      Chuck Masek of Vanguard Medical Concepts

      The mark of a true leader is one who “seeks first to understand and then to be understood.” In any meeting, when we were trying to solve a problem, it was important to let everyone express their ideas. It is...

      Repa Patel of Leading Mindfully

      Repa Patel of Leading Mindfully

      Be the architect of your destiny. Learn to lead yourself, before you lead others. Harness your innate intelligence (mind, heart and gut) Fight for your focus. Evidence shows that what you focus on grows. During turbulent times, your attention is...

      Neer Sharma of Sprout Wellness

      Neer Sharma of Sprout Wellness

      Don’t get caught up in the chaos. Take challenges as opportunities. Sprout redefined itself and I can confidently say that we are stronger today than we were pre-pandemic. Look for the rainbow and move towards it, whether it’s with your...

      Michael Manzione of Rakuten Super Logistics

      Michael Manzione of Rakuten Super Logistics

      Define the risk. Assess the needs of your employees. Assess the needs of your clients. Understand your company’s capabilities. Pivot your plans to put your employees first and the clients second.

      Gavin Armstrong of Lucky Iron Fish

      Gavin Armstrong of Lucky Iron Fish

      Listen to your audience. An example that comes to mind is when we were expanding the Lucky Iron Fish to India. While the shape of our product was well-received in other countries, with vegetarianism being more common in India, we...

      Erica Beal of AVIVV

      Erica Beal of AVIVV

      I believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to succeed. Some say trust is earned; however I believe trust should be given the moment we connect. Everyone deserves an opportunity to have a fair chance.

      Carina Rodriguez of Sono Bello

      Carina Rodriguez of Sono Bello

      Be available, have an open door. Let your people know you are there for them and mean it. This means being present and fully listening, inviting them to share their feelings transparently and cultivating the safe space for them to...

      Patti Johnson of PeopleResults

      Patti Johnson of PeopleResults

      Separate what’s in your control from what isn’t. Encourage everyone to spend energy on the right things and accept others for what they are. In one of our client meetings, we created this list and then spent a lot of...

      Maiden Manzanal-Frank of GlobalStakes Consulting

      Maiden Manzanal-Frank of GlobalStakes Consulting

      Don’t beat the dead horse. Eschew mentalities, approaches, and even beliefs that are holding your organization back from operational excellence. Keep improving until you get the right culture mix to advance your change agenda.

      Simon Mainwaring of We First

      Simon Mainwaring of We First

      …Key attributes that a business leader should exhibit during uncertain and turbulent times is their fundamental humanity. Gone are the days when a leader can hide behind their title. Instead, leaders must lead with empathy and compassion, not just for...

      John F. Crowley of Amicus Therapeutics

      John F. Crowley of Amicus Therapeutics

      Don’t be afraid to take smart risks: At Amicus, we push ideas as far and as fast as possible. We aren’t afraid to obsolete our own technologies and therapies on the journey to discover newer and better ways to improve...

      Cody Candee of Bounce

      Cody Candee of Bounce

      Give Direction. When things are uncertain, you still need to point the ship somewhere. Having a clear direction of where we were headed, everyone on this ship could keep rowing as best as they could. We decided on a certain...

      Christian Viatte of Mila

      Christian Viatte of Mila

      Dream big and make it happen. To do this you have to establish your principles and know what motivates you. If you don’t have this as a guiding force you won’t be able to motivate others and you won’t be...

      Martin MacDonald of The Mac-Nutrition Collective

      Martin MacDonald of The Mac-Nutrition Collective

      As someone who leads any sort of team during difficult times where everyone is at different stages of how they feel about uncertain situations, everyone is coping or not coping in their own way, a leader needs to act with...

      Manley Hopkinson of The Compassionate Leadership Academy

      Manley Hopkinson of The Compassionate Leadership Academy

      My challenge to all leaders is “don’t do the job you can do, do the job you should be doing” and for a leader you already have 3 things to focus on and that’s achieving the task, building the team...

      Felicity Furey of Professional Leaders Institute

      Felicity Furey of Professional Leaders Institute

      Find your Who. There is a great book “Who not How” by Dan Sullivan and Benjamin Hardy. When we get a Who we can achieve so much more. Don’t try to be everything to everyone and achieve everything on your...

      Farah Jesani of One Stripe Chai

      Farah Jesani of One Stripe Chai

      When you find mentors that care about you and your business, make it a point to connect with them regularly. I have been lucky enough to find a few mentors that have been so impactful in my business journey. These...

      Dr. Jeffrey Schor and Steven Katz of PM Pediatrics

      Dr. Jeffrey Schor and Steven Katz of PM Pediatrics

      It is all about your team in a service organization. When you don’t have a tangible product, you need to recruit the right people and treat them well, and eliminate those who aren’t the right fit..

      Author Caroline Kennedy

      Author Caroline Kennedy

      Remember that you’re part of the team. I remember when I first started to lead a team, over 20 years ago, my manager gave me some sage advice; she said, “In the past, you were only looking out for yourself...

      Allan Levy of Alchemy Worx

      Allan Levy of Alchemy Worx

      Lead with empathy and compassion- It seems like a no brainer, but this year especially, we have seen that our leaders need to conduct themselves with empathy and compassion. We’re all humans, doing our best each day in and out,...

      William (Bill) Edwards of Edwards Global Services

      William (Bill) Edwards of Edwards Global Services

      Communicate, think outside the box, watch cash flow, look for new trends, pivot to use the assets of the business in new, innovative ways.

      Tia Graham of Arrive At Happy

      Tia Graham of Arrive At Happy

      Be empathetic: During the pandemic, work and personal lives have become even more blurred. Staff needs to know you understand their challenges and care about them. Give people time and space to connect with their loved ones.

      Thibaut De Lataillade of GetApp

      Thibaut De Lataillade of GetApp

      Remain a visionary and continue looking to the future. No crisis lasts forever. As a leader, it’s important to do what’s necessary for the short-term and ensure your business stays afloat, but equally as important to not lose sight of...

      Manuela Seve of Alpha’a

      Manuela Seve of Alpha’a

      Be transparent, as I mentioned earlier my team was essential in bringing creative ideas to light about sectors we should be exploring, this led to a boom in sales by looking at commercial real estate for the first time.

      Luke Sheppard of Sheppard & Company

      Luke Sheppard of Sheppard & Company

      Communicate with purpose. I’ve observed throughout my career that when leaders encounter a challenging situation, communication slows to a trickle and very often stops. Your team knows something is up, but has no idea to what extent or what the...

      Jaime Brown of Tampa Homestyles

      Jaime Brown of Tampa Homestyles

      Focus on What You Can Control — And plan for what you cannot as best you can. Be Creative in Problem-Solving — Don’t be afraid to disrupt the status quo; this is a time of transformation. Never Back Down from...

      Chet Patel of BT Global

      Chet Patel of BT Global

      …Make sure to actively listen and understand the needs of your customers and employees. Communication is fundamental in building trust and creating a rapport. It’s critical to avoid personal filters, assumptions, judgements, and belief, and instead treat others with the...

      Chef Luigi Diotaiuti of Al Tiramisu

      Chef Luigi Diotaiuti of Al Tiramisu

      Give back to the community. Show your neighborhood that you are still there and that you care and share. I set up Chef Luigi Cares, and take donations to supply meals to the Catholic Charities’ McKenna House in DC on...

      Author Ruchira Chaudhary

      Author Ruchira Chaudhary

      Ask, don’t Tell: Move away from instruction to motivation. Coach your employees by asking powerful questions, and collectively finding the “right” answers.

      Eric Strafel of SUMMi7

      Eric Strafel of SUMMi7

      …Take care of your employees, stabilize your business, find ways to help your customers, expand that help to the rest of your supply chain and then start to run future scenarios to prepare for the extremes.

      Boyd Faust of GoHealth Urgent Care

      Boyd Faust of GoHealth Urgent Care

      Make decisions and don’t look back. In our early days of GoHealth, we had to choose our IT system for electronic health records. Partnering with different health systems across the country who may use different systems, this was a difficult...

      Atholl Duncan of Black Isle Group

      Atholl Duncan of Black Isle Group

      TAKE A BREATH — When you are working at a million miles an hour to tackle the crisis, you must take a pause to reflect. If you don’t, your decisions will be poor and could endanger the whole enterprise. A...

      Michelle Bihary of Leading Above the Line

      Michelle Bihary of Leading Above the Line

      Develop workplace climate awareness Wise leaders make time to reflect on and understand what is happening at the level of interpersonal relationships and the climate as a whole. They understand that this is the context that either helps people thrive...

      Mark Mudford

      Mark Mudford

      Stay grounded to your purpose. Purpose should always be your context, and when you stay connected to your true purpose, it does more than just drive your business to greater levels of success. That sense of knowing in your gut...

      Kim Heartwell of CallisonRTKL

      Kim Heartwell of CallisonRTKL

      Self Awareness — Be self-aware and focused on growth.; be willing to adapt and open to change. Communication — Communicate frequently and concisely, but humanly — be relatable. Transparency — answer the hard questions, do not avoid them.

      John Leon, Attorney

      John Leon, Attorney

      Provide reassurance to your employees, the shareholders, and your clients. Once you have a plan, you need to take care of your own “people”. You need to let them know that things are being done to remedy the situation, that...

      Jaime Taets of Keystone Group International

      Jaime Taets of Keystone Group International

      Be Vulnerable — Share authentically how you are feeling, make yourself human. As leaders, we do not have to have it all together 100% of the time. People will trust you more if you are real and they will open...

      Eric Brinkman of Cobalt

      Eric Brinkman of Cobalt

      Remain consistent: This includes your attitude, demeanor, and company mission. Be candid: Let your team know what’s going on and why. Be decisive: Sometimes you’ll need to make tough calls in difficult times.

      Cynthia Davis of Radiant Blue

      Cynthia Davis of Radiant Blue

      Accountability — Take ownership, no blame, even if I don’t understand it. Unless I own it, I can’t change it! Attitude — The attitude of gratitude and forgiveness is the key to massive action, peace of mind, and freedom. Action...

      Ken Carlton of Beyondish

      Ken Carlton of Beyondish

      …Wear empathy on your shoulder like a well-worn jean jacket. Understand and forgive duress. Feel others’ pain. When half the staff has Covid, get the other half working on something new. It all comes together in the end.

      Ian Schafer of Kindred

      Ian Schafer of Kindred

      Understand empathy — In my career, I’ve learned that there are different kinds of empathy and different ways to express it. As a leader, it’s important that we wield empathy by engaging in conversation and understanding how stakeholder groups feel...

      Gabriel Seibel of EAT

      Gabriel Seibel of EAT

      Be honest, transparent, empathetic and stick to your purpose. And try to be optimistic, even when it’s difficult. Seeing the positive side of things will always get you far.

      Danielle Holly of Common Impact

      Danielle Holly of Common Impact

      Put your own mask on first. You need to be mentally and physically equipped to serve. Prioritize people and culture in every decision. Live and breathe your North Star. Know the “why” of your work, even if the “how” changes....

      Samuel Sanders of Heard

      Samuel Sanders of Heard

      Work closely with employees when solving problems. So often, I find that leaders are afraid to share problems with employees openly. They can be closed off, frantically trying to solve how to get their business out of turbulent times. It...

      Matthew Kressy of MIT

      Matthew Kressy of MIT

      No matter where you are, what you’re doing, or how bad times are, there is beauty that you can find, appreciate and celebrate. If we allow fear to be too much of our thought process, it’s like wearing a blindfold...

      Joe Stetson of the New York Red Bulls

      Joe Stetson of the New York Red Bulls

      COMMUNICATIONS — It was important for us to manage all internal and external communications with a focus on transparency, facts and consistency. We also were not going to be quick to make statements and grand declarations of how we were...

      Jeannie Moravits Smith of HR-Rx

      Jeannie Moravits Smith of HR-Rx

      Communicate effectively and make it a regular part of the business routine. I use multiple modes of communication to ensure everyone receives key messages. I always include the why in all that I communicate. Listening is such an important part...

      David Siegel of Meetup

      David Siegel of Meetup

      …The key was that we made a plan and made fast decisions, whether it was taking an MVP approach and iterating, listening to and communicating with our customers, or supporting our teams. This was all in an effort to enable...

      Andrew & Chris Masanto of Petlab

      Andrew & Chris Masanto of Petlab

      Be the most positive person in the room. It’s easy to feel the pressure the most as a business leader going through tough times. But, your team will only pull through it if you lead from the front and exude...

      Alvaro Vaselli of SKYDEX

      Alvaro Vaselli of SKYDEX

      Rally Around a Common Goal — As mentioned before, “we are stronger together” and directing your focus towards your ultimate purpose give teams common ground to hold onto and makes any challenge seem less daunting. Identify a core value and...

      Victoria Neeson of Dreamtek

      Victoria Neeson of Dreamtek

      Trust your gut and don’t be afraid to take a risk. At the end of the day, you know yourself best and as a leader you know what’s best for your team, company and client. Trust your gut instinct and...

      Dr David Rock of the NeuroLeadership Institute

      Dr David Rock of the NeuroLeadership Institute

      It is so critical that leaders pay a lot of attention to their people’s mental well being, and support their people every way they can. This is one of the toughest times of their life for many folks. Leaders need...

      Dr Ari Kalechstein of Executive Mental Health

      Dr Ari Kalechstein of Executive Mental Health

      Honesty. In March, it was common to hear business leaders refer to the pandemic as an “unprecedented time,” but perhaps not as many were open to saying how they felt about it. Were they anxious about the future? Did they...

      Bryan Barney of RedSeal

      Bryan Barney of RedSeal

      Surround yourself with great people. No matter how smart and hardworking you are, the vast majority of decisions made in your company are going to be made by others. Don’t be afraid to hire people smarter than yourself, in fact...

      Brandon Newman of Xevant

      Brandon Newman of Xevant

      The journey is more important than the destination: having sold a few businesses at the completion of a long hard-fought battle to succeed, I’ve found that the journey getting to the end result has always been infinitely more valuable to...

      Robert Hughes of Canyon State Electric

      Robert Hughes of Canyon State Electric

      Constant communication. During turbulent times, you need to communicate a lot more often with clients, employees, and each other on the exec team than any other time. There is no such thing as over communicating in times of uncertainty.

      Kyle Hranicky of Wells Fargo

      Kyle Hranicky of Wells Fargo

      Expect the unexpected. The obvious here is the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic which came about in the midst of some already complex changes we had embarked on. We could have easily put everything on hold and picked up again...

      Sunil Prashara of Project Management Institute (PMI)

      Sunil Prashara of Project Management Institute (PMI)

      Be clear on priorities. This allows you to take quick decisive action. In January, shortly after moving into pandemic crisis mode, we settled on three priorities: Priority 1: Safeguard the health and safety of our employees and stakeholders Priority 2:...

      Jim Grundy of Sisu Energy

      Jim Grundy of Sisu Energy

      Stay Calm! Really speaks for itself. Maintaining a static emotional state regardless of the ‘climate’ reduces the external distraction to those trying to perform their daily tasks. Leaders do not set the pace of the pack but instead, leaders work...

      Dee Ann Turner of Dee Ann Turner & Associates, LLC

      Dee Ann Turner of Dee Ann Turner & Associates, LLC

      Keep investing: Sometimes, when we’re in crisis, our reflex is just to shut down everything and hold onto it tightly, and we stop investing in infrastructure or people or the organization’s growth. If we do this, we will find when...

      Caron Ng of NUSET

      Caron Ng of NUSET

      What makes my parents and grandparents successful in the family business does not make me successful. I need to learn and continue to evolve especially as we have locations in Hong Kong, China and the US. When I first joined...

      Alex Adamopoulos of Emergn

      Alex Adamopoulos of Emergn

      Listen to the voices and heartbeat of the organization. Communicate early and often. Be visible to the organization. Give the company clarity on expectations and objectives. Don’t confuse effort with results.

      Sergeant Major Keith L Craig, Author,

      Sergeant Major Keith L Craig, Author,

      TEmpower and develop — Ensure you are taking the time to teach your team and encourage them to be the best they can be. This will ensure that every team member is individually and equally trained for the job at...

      Sally Schimko of The Tahini Goddess

      Sally Schimko of The Tahini Goddess

      Be there for your team, support them professionally and personally. When a team member was going through a difficult time, I told them it was ok to take time off work and I still paid them for the time- no...

      Leon Goren of PEO Leadership

      Leon Goren of PEO Leadership

      Stay close to your customers! Listen to what they have to say and be as supportive and flexible as you possibly can. Our essence is to help experienced business leaders realize their personal, professional and organization’s growth objectives. During a...

      Justin Krueger of MFRG-Icon Construction

      Justin Krueger of MFRG-Icon Construction

      Communication. Over Communicate Constantly. Share information daily if needed. It’s ok not to have an update, but you will realize that people appreciate you staying on top of it.

      Campbell Macpherson, Author,

      Campbell Macpherson, Author,

      Make sure your leadership team is strong. Your business needs your leadership team to be focused and working as one. You can no longer afford any weak links or rebels around the top table. They need to operate in an...

      Simon Allen of McGraw Hill

      Simon Allen of McGraw Hill

      Be Compassionate. Over the course of the pandemic, I’ve made a point to reach out to a great deal of our employees across the globe. It’s important to understand what people with whom you work need and do your best...

      Siva Namasivayam of Cohere Health

      Siva Namasivayam of Cohere Health

      I wish I knew before leading a company was to let people do their jobs. I’m a very detail-oriented person, which sometimes causes me to micromanage. However, as a CEO you cannot do everything. You can’t be superman. I used...

      Suzanne Jeffreys of CEO Wellness

      Suzanne Jeffreys of CEO Wellness

      Be authentic. Acknowledge that times are challenging. Be honest and human, sharing a few of your concerns. Maybe laugh at yourself a little, showing vulnerability without oversharing. Then explain how you’re managing or overcoming your concerns, obstacles or fears. Be...

      Robert Spurr of Salix Pharmaceuticals

      Robert Spurr of Salix Pharmaceuticals

      Be a learning organization. This past year, organizations were forced to pause and reflect on their practices in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In more ways than one, Salix has spent the better half of the year learning how we...

      Richard Obousy of CitizenShipper

      Richard Obousy of CitizenShipper

      Don’t be afraid to go outside your orbit for advice Trusted “go-to” people inside your company are instrumental for continued success and growth. Over time, however, this can lead to a somewhat myopic perspective that needs to be shook up...

      Mary Smith of IA Business Advisors

      Mary Smith of IA Business Advisors

      Have empathy: Empathy is the ability to connect with and understand others’ emotional states and then being able to communicate or demonstrate that understanding. Having empathy will help you when others come to you for emotional support as their leader....

      Maria Del Mar Gomez of Mighty Well

      Maria Del Mar Gomez of Mighty Well

      Listen to your customer! Value your consumers as the intelligent, knowledgeable adults that they are, and involve them in the production process. When you include your customers from Day 1, not only will you build a product line to fully...

      Lior Rachmany of Dumbo Moving & Storage

      Lior Rachmany of Dumbo Moving & Storage

      The most important thing is always to be present. In times like today, it doesn’t necessarily mean physically, but being available and accessible to your employees in case situations arise where they have questions or need guidance. Second, it’s crucial...

      Justin Sharaf of Jahia

      Justin Sharaf of Jahia

      Weekly team meetings so the entire team is aligned on priorities and goals. This prevents confusion, encourages collaboration, and makes sure that all team members are working toward the same ultimate goal. It also creates opportunities for team members to...

      Josh Mallamud of Cartegraph

      Josh Mallamud of Cartegraph

      Slow down. You generally have more time than you think. Sometimes you don’t, but those situations are very rare, in my experience. Uncertainty generally is reduced over time, so try to maximize optionality and don’t make immediate, rash decisions. Slow...

      Jordan Jayson of the US Energy Development Corporation

      Jordan Jayson of the US Energy Development Corporation

      Work as a team. Show your staff and colleagues that you are all in this together. During the pandemic we addressed our team and kept them in the loop of all critical changes and let them know that we needed...

      Jing Xue of DecorMatters

      Jing Xue of DecorMatters

      Encourage work-life balance — As a working mom with two kids, I manage my work and life balance by improving my working efficiency. It’s the same for the team members, I encourage them to maintain a good work-life balance so...

      Ellie Shefi, Author

      Ellie Shefi, Author

      Have a clear vision and allow it to guide you. With it, you can lead with conviction and certainty, while remaining open to input and feedback. Remember, a clear vision doesn’t mean it’s rigid. It’s consistent, yet flexible.

      Bob Weiler of Brimstone Consulting

      Bob Weiler of Brimstone Consulting

      Create a vision. Our business was based on working with our clients, in-person. When it became clear that travel was not safe and not possible, I made it clear that we would pivot. And pivot we did. In less than...

      Allan Jones of Bambee

      Allan Jones of Bambee

      Your people are your best asset. No, really. Read this out loud: “My people are my best asset.” When you care deeply about something and you truly value it, you take care of it. You nurture it, help it become...

      Adi Patil of Start It Up NYC

      Adi Patil of Start It Up NYC

      Pivot. Do not put all your eggs in one basket during tough times. There has to be a side of your business that is doing better than other departments. Think about segregating that side and selling what you sell best...

      Roger David of GSR Brands

      Roger David of GSR Brands

      HIRE BIG AND DIVERSE. Always hire for tomorrow. The team you create and nurture will allow you to do what’s most important to your organization, which is to be an inspirational leader and to foster a culture that is authentic,...

      Mark Frey of Cambridge Global Payments

      Mark Frey of Cambridge Global Payments

      Set an example — Everything you do as a leader will be held to greater scrutiny than others on the team and everything you do will have an impact. There’s a responsibility that comes with that, and leaders cannot behave...

      Kyle Swinsky of AMOpportunities

      Kyle Swinsky of AMOpportunities

      Balancing human and financial capital becomes all you think about. Once you succeed in mobilizing the people and get a product-market fit, everything is about allocation of resources. You raised two financing rounds conservatively and got the best people; it...

      Julia Brodska of Juu’s Kitchen

      Julia Brodska of Juu’s Kitchen

      Many people are experiencing business and personal failures right now because of circumstances beyond their control. But I recommend that you set clear goals and timeframes and plan every angle. Go hard in, fail, fail fast, and fail often. That...

      Jeff Hollander of Hairless Dog Brewing Company

      Jeff Hollander of Hairless Dog Brewing Company

      Learn and use the power of your story. When we started the company, we had no idea how much the personal touch and our story would be of importance to the brand. It wasn’t good enough to just have a...

      Jane Mosbacher Morris of TO THE MARKET

      Jane Mosbacher Morris of TO THE MARKET

      Not everyone will get it, and that’s okay. Some people are destined to not be for you. Not everyone will like you or your business model. I learned that early on. Still, it’s important to not take that personally and...

      Ilana Fischer of Whisps Snacks

      Ilana Fischer of Whisps Snacks

      It’s a people job, first. Much (most) of my time is spent thinking about and working with the team, our board, and our customers. Keeping people motivated, making sure that they are recognized for great work and given opportunities to...

      Canon USA EVP Shinichi “Sam” Yoshida

      Canon USA EVP Shinichi “Sam” Yoshida

      Prioritize customer service. Success in business goes beyond what you’re selling, and is influenced greatly by customer satisfaction with a company’s services, which is why it’s important for leaders to prioritize delivering high-quality and reliable customer service, especially during these...

      Brandon C White of Build a Business Success Secrets Podcast

      Brandon C White of Build a Business Success Secrets Podcast

      Your critics will be really loud. Try to remember that in general for every critic there are five or ten supporters, you just don’t hear them as vividly. And remember, usually only people doing worse than you will criticize you....

      Michele Kawamoto Perry of The Forward Project

      Michele Kawamoto Perry of The Forward Project

      Embrace ambiguity and adopt agility. Change is inevitable and challenges are sure to arise. It’s how you meet them that will define your leadership legacy. The fight, flight, or freeze reactions are not likely to serve best in these times....

      Ray Blakney of LiveLingua.com

      Ray Blakney of LiveLingua.com

      Be prepared to eat multiple slices of humble pie. If you want your company to be successful, you need to hire good people to work in it. By definition, ‘good’ people means they will, either from the start or eventually,...

      Nancy Leavitt of Nancy Leavitt Agency, LLC

      Nancy Leavitt of Nancy Leavitt Agency, LLC

      You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Learn from other people’s successes and how they got there. Give them credit, spot good ideas and use them to create your own path. My Quotes for Community campaign is a result building...

      Minter Dial, Author

      Minter Dial, Author

      Check in with your stakeholders. In times of difficulty, it’s easy to think that the person with the biggest problem is yourself. In the 1990s and into the 00s, as the Internet was becoming increasingly relevant for business, time after...

      Louis A Shapiro of HSS

      Louis A Shapiro of HSS

      Adapt and remain flexible. While it’s important to stick to your core values, it is also important to be able to adapt and change with the changing needs and priorities of your organization. Don’t just do something one way because...

      Jared Pollacco of Impact XM

      Jared Pollacco of Impact XM

      Honesty. It has been so important to be realistic about the industry and business during COVID-19, both to set legitimate expectations for our company and to keep our employees and clients satisfied.

      Dr. Joel N Myers of AccuWeather

      Dr. Joel N Myers of AccuWeather

      The value of teamwork — I learned I could not do it alone. Entrepreneurship is a team sport! Clement Stone said, “Tell everyone what you want to do, and someone will want to help you do it.” I have been...

      Marlon Lindsay of 21stCentEd

      Marlon Lindsay of 21stCentEd

      Work on the business as much as you work in the business. Don’t just work on the part you know and are comfortable with. For example, in my case it’s sales. Know and improve every aspects of the business by...

      Maximilian McNally of Desert Dx

      Maximilian McNally of Desert Dx

      You need to create an open platform where people can discuss ideas they thing will improve the company or even things that might not work. Have a speculative brainstorming session on how you can save $1 million and just see...

      Kevin McCray of Kevin’s Natural Foods

      Kevin McCray of Kevin’s Natural Foods

      Pay attention to who is buying your products. I have to laugh at how long it took me to truly understand who our target audience is. We invented the line based on insights that I had gleaned from my own...

      Josi Jahic of J’s Pitaria

      Josi Jahic of J’s Pitaria

      Build a team around you that shares your vision — Many people don’t understand how detrimental it can be to the business when employees feel underappreciated and uninvolved. On the other hand, a team that feels heard and valued can...

      Erica Shelton of Temp Attorneys & Paralegals

      Erica Shelton of Temp Attorneys & Paralegals

      Be prepared to be a one man band for a while. If you are leading you are overseeing multiple people/departments/projects. All will vary in skill set and requirements. As a leader you are hands on and when you’re not, you...

      David Hernandez, Co-Founder of lotus823

      David Hernandez, Co-Founder of lotus823

      Inspire and uplift your team. When leaders are confident in themselves, they’ll uplift and inspire others. Consider changing your language to sound more sure of yourself. Frame your messages in a positive way that makes your team feel confident in...

      Sean Manning of Payroll Vault

      Sean Manning of Payroll Vault

      Trust in Delegation — It’s powerful to see it in action; when you see people you’ve trusted exceed and surpass expectations it is very motivational for everyone. When people around me are performing, I can also perform and be responsible...

      Ryll Burgin-Doyle of 90 Degrees Global

      Ryll Burgin-Doyle of 90 Degrees Global

      Your business and results will never outstrip you. Very early in my career I noticed that the businesses I was working with were a reflection of the Founder. Without question all the Founder’s “stuff”, the good, the bad and the...

      Rob Weinhold of the Fallston Group

      Rob Weinhold of the Fallston Group

      Maintain your composure as if driven by something bigger than the moment. During a crisis, a leader must strive to remain composed, with calmness and positivity. They need to be able to slow the process down and make wise decisions...

      Matt Kelley of Case Integrative Health

      Matt Kelley of Case Integrative Health

      Hire for “GSD”. This is a term I picked up from an old mentor and it means someone who “Gets Stuff Done”. Team members are GSD if they can identify a problem and a) have the initiative to find a...

      Lizzy Klein of mazi + zo

      Lizzy Klein of mazi + zo

      Be ready to change course, but not values — I’m a planner and nothing makes me happier than following through on a well-thought-out strategy. But when circumstances change, pivoting quickly is the smarter move and I had to get comfortable...

      Jordan Tate of Montage Partners

      Jordan Tate of Montage Partners

      We all have blind spots. If you want to become a better leader, find mentors who will tell you hard truths about yourself. One of the traps of being in a leadership position is that people may not always give...

      John McGeehan of The Dorm

      John McGeehan of The Dorm

      Foster transparency and open communication. Lean into having consistent, honest conversations. Be open to feedback and lead by example when it comes to creating a work environment that makes addressing the difficult or uncomfortable topics not just okay but expected,...

      Jessica Reed of Ballard Bikini

      Jessica Reed of Ballard Bikini

      There will be people that will try to drag you down (whether intentionally or not), and it’s up to you to stay headstrong and not give in to the noise. They will say things that make you feel that they...

      Dr Kennette Thigpen of Welltrust Partners

      Dr Kennette Thigpen of Welltrust Partners

      Create psychologically safe work environments — Provide a safe place for employees to be their full selves. It creates an environment that allows for moderate risk-taking, creativity, trust, and conversations. Offer Mental Health Initiatives- What I know for sure is...

      Debbie King of Loving Your Business

      Debbie King of Loving Your Business

      Embrace the numbers. Accounting and I got off on the wrong foot. I got a “B” in my freshman accounting class and, for a perfectionist like me, that was humiliating. I decided that I just wasn’t a numbers person —...

      Alex Shootman of Workfront

      Alex Shootman of Workfront

      Comfort Your Employees — Stuff was pretty crazy a year ago — nothing any of us had ever seen. We had daily business continuity meetings and then I did a video at the end of each day letting folks know...

      Stewart J Guss, Attorney

      Stewart J Guss, Attorney

      “Do well by doing good.” I’ve made it a point in my life, even well before I was an attorney, to try and put as much good, and love, and positivity in the world as is possible. When struck, try...

      Shawn Lehocky of Pond Lehocky Giordano

      Shawn Lehocky of Pond Lehocky Giordano

      You have to make hard decisions — as a leader it’s your duty to make the hard decisions for your business. Over the years your company will evolve, and especially with the introduction of technology, you will have employees that...

      Sara Witt of Witt Law

      Sara Witt of Witt Law

      You cannot do everything all the time. When I first started my business I felt as if I had to do marketing, research, meet with clients, court appearances, and billing daily. I ended up just going from inbox task to...

      Julien Surget of Amangiri

      Julien Surget of Amangiri

      Empathy: Empathy is so important to understand how employees may feel when driving a business. The pandemic for example has affected our staff in so many different ways and remaining emotionally close to them was paramount to continue to motivate...

      Jonni Redick of JLConsulting Solutions

      Jonni Redick of JLConsulting Solutions

      Making your personnel a priority needs to happen with intentionality. During uncertainty, disruption, and crisis, they need to be seen and heard. Creating space to share vulnerabilities with leadership will create balance, connectivity, and reassurance. Recognizing their needs is a...

      Hannah Serimian of Boxy Girl

      Hannah Serimian of Boxy Girl

      It’s going to be harder than you ever imagined. You’re going to have to make sacrifices and give up things you didn’t expect.

      Hank Osowski of Strategic Health Group

      Hank Osowski of Strategic Health Group

      Maintain focus on the primary purpose of the organization — its mission and vision. Engage leadership and staff in positive actions to deal with the challenges of difficult times. Retain concentration on serving the needs of customers. Be purposely adaptable...

      Erdin Beshimov of MIT Bootcamps

      Erdin Beshimov of MIT Bootcamps

      Save, save, save. Do not live above your means. It’s hard to think of a successful startup that hasn’t had payroll issues. Not being able to fall back on one’s savings and weather the storm knocks you out of the...

      Anne Carlson of Jiminy’s

      Anne Carlson of Jiminy’s

      Be Flexible. Nothing ever happens in a straight line. We had a recipe that we developed for our treats and, in our first test run, our co-packer forgot to put one of the ingredients in the treat. Well, we tested...

      Ali Grant of Be Social

      Ali Grant of Be Social

      Separate business and pleasure. Lines can get blurred, especially when you work in an industry that intersects with your personal life, but when your business consumes everything, you will eventually burn out.

      Alexandre Douzet of Pumpkin Pet Insurance

      Alexandre Douzet of Pumpkin Pet Insurance

      If you are founder and CEO in your 20’s you need adult supervision. A lot of new entrepreneurs are on the younger side and they haven’t had the benefit of years of experience navigating choppy business water, and their lack...

      Ryan Miller of PWI

      Ryan Miller of PWI

      Don’t Think So Small: For years, I believed we would always be a tiny family business. While I have always been an optimistic person, I felt “big growth” was doing 4% more revenue next year than what we did this...

      Mary Lyons of Benchmark Income Group

      Mary Lyons of Benchmark Income Group

      Put People before Profit. There is a parable of the General and the CEO. The general is pushing his team to execute on strategy, work nights, work weekends. He has a breakfast meeting with the CEO and the CEO asks...

      Vince Sanders of CBD American Shaman

      Vince Sanders of CBD American Shaman

      Find the right people for the job and trust them to do their job — Structuring and finding the right people to carry out their roles is critical for success. My company requires farming, extraction, marketing, sales, science, and more....

      Ryan Serhant of SERHANT

      Ryan Serhant of SERHANT

      The brand comes first. If no one knows about your company, you’re not going to have success. Invest in building and promoting your brand — and all of its facets. You need awareness and relevance and meaning to have a...

      Mike Richardson of Online Trading Academy

      Mike Richardson of Online Trading Academy

      Embracing Luck. Let’s be clear, luck is huge in agility … in business and in life … but luck is a lot less random than we think, you know, “luck is where preparation meets opportunity” kind of thing. If we...

      Jolanta Piela of Good Division

      Jolanta Piela of Good Division

      Talk to other people, change the environment, remember that you don’t have to solve every problem by yourself. There are a lot of smart people who have been when you are now. And — guess what — they survived.

      Jeff Ransdell of Fuel Venture Capital

      Jeff Ransdell of Fuel Venture Capital

      When in charge, be in charge. A lot of decisions had to be made during the beginning of COVID-19 in 2020. I took advice from my team, but ultimately, I made the tough calls.

      Cheryl Pierce of Soulworx

      Cheryl Pierce of Soulworx

      A leader must have humility. Humility doesn’t mean weak. Humble leaders recognize the value of others without feeling threatened. They’re willing to admit that they could be wrong and give credit where credit is due. This pandemic crisis has been...

      Batool Zaidi of Excelify Solutions

      Batool Zaidi of Excelify Solutions

      Optimism: Optimism can make a huge difference when times are hard, your attitude and outlook can have a tremendous impact on customers and employees.

      Saundra Pelletier of Evofem Biosciences

      Saundra Pelletier of Evofem Biosciences

      Be bold and clear in asking for what you want. As an example, when a new opportunity opened up that was perfect for me in a previous job, I assumed that I would get it because I knew my boss...

      Ryan Doherty of Corner Bar Management

      Ryan Doherty of Corner Bar Management

      Don’t be afraid to get out of you comfort zone and try new things for your company. Before COVID-19 hit, we had a specific way of running each venue which has always worked well for us. However, during the pandemic,...

      Nita Sanger of Idea Innovate Consulting

      Nita Sanger of Idea Innovate Consulting

      Be “customer-centric” — Focus on meeting customer needs most effectively. Understand what needs the business is solving for the customer, If the customer needs have changed during turbulent times, if this change is temporary or permanent; how customers are accessing...

      Mike Russell of Monument

      Mike Russell of Monument

      Things change, for the better: I wish I had understood earlier that something doesn’t have to end up how you thought it would for it to still turn out great. Accepting that saves you stress, and opens up new opportunities....

      Michael Brush of CORE International

      Michael Brush of CORE International

      Returning to Growth — Your work during the sustainment phase will set you on a strong footing for a return to growth. Focus will be sharper, employees will be engaged, processes will be stronger and you will have remained current...

      Mark Steffe of First Command Financial Services

      Mark Steffe of First Command Financial Services

      Embrace Proactivity — I mentioned before that heading into the pandemic, we had already written into our five-year plan how we would approach a bear market. Clearly, the pandemic created financial challenges that were very unique and was not something...

      Loren Howard of Prime Plus Mortgages

      Loren Howard of Prime Plus Mortgages

      Don’t let failure get in the way of your future success. No matter your business you will fail at something at some point. The important thing is that you learn from those failures and pick yourself back up. Anytime you...

      Jonathan Sparks of Sparks Law

      Jonathan Sparks of Sparks Law

      Have a big “WHY.” You will not have the fortitude and resilience necessary to build a strong business unless you have a very strong reason WHY you’re building the business. Your existential reason for existing, for working hard long hours,...

      Jenny Chang of ROCKNEVENTS

      Jenny Chang of ROCKNEVENTS

      Keep your team small and goals bigger. Celebrate every manifested milestone. Build your influential presence simultaneous to your company’s presence.

      Craig Condy

      Craig Condy

      OPTIMISM: If you want to embrace change and be a positive influence on your team, then you need to embrace life and work with a positive mindset. Not only will negativity increase your short falls, but nobody wants to follow...

      Barby K. Siegel of Zeno Group

      Barby K. Siegel of Zeno Group

      Be truthful and transparent in real time. Be able and willing to quickly pivot and course correct as necessary. Surround yourself with a core leadership team to work through challenges and opportunities.

      Augie DeLuca of Healthy Pet

      Augie DeLuca of Healthy Pet

      Empower through ownership — give employees the freedom they need to get there, providing the guidance and comfort they need to feel supported. Our head of Human Resources approached me with proposed changes to our employee benefits package. I challenged...

      Anita Mahaffey of Cool-jams

      Anita Mahaffey of Cool-jams

      Be kind and always stay fair and ethical. In our world today we see so many examples of bullying and people being unkind. Social media makes it really easy to post whatever you want without consequences. I think people forget...

      Adam Mitchell of Home Buying Guys

      Adam Mitchell of Home Buying Guys

      Grow as a Leader — read every day. Share the Vision — make sure your team knows the vision in your head. Empower Others — let others in your business own their roles. Do What They Say — walk the...

      Samuel H. Pond of Pond Lehocky Giordano

      Samuel H. Pond of Pond Lehocky Giordano

      Leadership requires hard decisions, but you have to balance that with empathy and understanding while putting yourself in others’ shoes.

      René Murata of CEO Essence

      René Murata of CEO Essence

      You should always show gratitude, for everything and everyone. All the time. You have to remember that people are scared and unsure of their future. If they feel appreciated, it helps their mental health. And, if you live life deliberately,...

      Shelley Smith of Premier Rapport

      Shelley Smith of Premier Rapport

      Communicate honestly, openly and frequently with clients and teams.

      Gary Schoeniger of The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative

      Gary Schoeniger of The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative

      Success does not happen overnight. I found out from experience that you need to put yourself into situations that are intimidating and be willing to do things poorly before you do them well. You can’t figure out and perfect it...

      Emmy Winner, Ginger Zumaeta of Zumaeta Group

      Emmy Winner, Ginger Zumaeta of Zumaeta Group

      Tell the truth & stay in communication. In times of turbulence, it’s helpful to hear something from the pilot! It’s silly, but I’m a nervous flyer. Before these pandemic times, I used to fly a lot for business. Every time...

      Thomas Kim of Everclean

      Thomas Kim of Everclean

      Prepare. For some crazy reason, human beings don’t prepare for things they don’t like, particularly recessions and death, two of the things we can be absolutely sure of. You don’t have to be a genius to know a recession is...

      Shamina Taylor, Attorney

      Shamina Taylor, Attorney

      Too many people like being comfortable and avoid change like the plague. So when times are changing, which they continuously do, you have to be willing to change with them. Being uncomfortable is what breeds change, growth, and new success....

      Ryan Novak of Chocolate Pizza Company

      Ryan Novak of Chocolate Pizza Company

      Share your story, they’ll buy your product. Succeed first, expand later. As your company changes, so do the supporting players. The view from the summit is impressive; so are the storms Enjoy more sunsets — find your balance

      Reinhard Mabry of Alphapointe

      Reinhard Mabry of Alphapointe

      Overcommunicate — in the midst of the pandemic, it was obvious how important it is to communicate. We kept people informed of what was happening and how we were responding. It provided assurance to our team that we took their...

      Michele DiMeo of Squisito Pizza & Pasta

      Michele DiMeo of Squisito Pizza & Pasta

      Opportunity in weakness and learn from mistakes — Write your book on what not to do again and promote and strengthen success and build upon strengths.

      Matt Vetter of Schafer Construction

      Matt Vetter of Schafer Construction

      Build a Culture before trying to build a Brand. Culture drives the business — culture drives the Team — culture wins the races. We do not hire nor fire quickly in our business (unless there is a breach of Core...

      Laverne Delgado of Freedom & Fashion

      Laverne Delgado of Freedom & Fashion

      Identify your wins, big or small, and celebrate them constantly. The world is not waiting to clap for you, but chances are if you’re reading this, you’re doing some hard things that most don’t see. Share them with your team...

      JoAnna Hartzmark of Revelle

      JoAnna Hartzmark of Revelle

      I wish someone had told me that 80% of the advice I would get should just be thrown straight into a Dumpster. When first starting out, I sought out advice from anyone who would listen to me. I’d never intended...

      Ed Manfre of Heidrick & Struggles

      Ed Manfre of Heidrick & Struggles

      It’s then important to focus on vitality and foster an environment of optimism, well-being and perseverance. To safeguard vitality during the crisis, leaders need to ensure — and model — balanced and flexible work schedules, extend benefits and make them...

      Dr Bart Barthelemy of ‘The Wright Brothers Institute

      Dr Bart Barthelemy of ‘The Wright Brothers Institute

      The future is unpredictable in detail, but predictable in general. What served us as leaders, team members, students and specialists will not be the same in the future. We need to reeducate, learn, develop, and become what the future needs....

      Dillon Hill of Live For Another

      Dillon Hill of Live For Another

      Do it your own way. You don’t have to follow the traditional path! Do things that excite you, not other people. It will make it easier for you to stay committed.

      Charlynda Scales of Mutt’s Sauce

      Charlynda Scales of Mutt’s Sauce

      Life happens. You cannot go on the journey alone. People will be affected by your decisions. You must communicate your expectations, projects, and anything in your business that will take up your time. The only way to find balance is...

      Art Haws of HawsGoodwin Wealth

      Art Haws of HawsGoodwin Wealth

      Be ready to adjust and adapt. You got to be ready to pivot when the unexpected happens. And it will happen. We spent over a year, meticulously planning every detail of our business before launch, then practically threw it all...

      Ween Niu of Advantech North America

      Ween Niu of Advantech North America

      Invest more in your company’s most successful business sectors and reduce or remove weak business sectors.

      Tibi Guzman of The Arc Westchester

      Tibi Guzman of The Arc Westchester

      Optimism: Your staff is going to look to you when times are hard and your attitude and outlook can have a tremendous impact on how they feel about the situation. I recently had a board member approach me and ask...

      Neil Sahota, Author & Inventor

      Neil Sahota, Author & Inventor

      Leaders need to create (not force) moments where the meeting is not about work but just a chance to connect. When I was managing a team across thirteen countries, I started an internal channel for them to socialize. To drive...

      Kris Kelso of The Kelso Group

      Kris Kelso of The Kelso Group

      “Be Exceedingly Human” — I stole this one from Patrick Lencioni, because it’s so valuable. Leaders must relate to their people as people, not just as employees. Remember that a crisis is often impacting their personal lives as well. Don’t...

      Kevin Wilson of Buzz Franchise Brands

      Kevin Wilson of Buzz Franchise Brands

      Remember that your team is a group of people that you’ve invested in, but they’ve also invested in you. Check in on them, let them know you care.

      James Baker of Keynote Search

      James Baker of Keynote Search

      Hire a business coach and meet with them regularly. Being a business owner can be lonely and very challenging. Your friends won’t understand, your employees shouldn’t have to understand, and you need help. Accept it and make the investment of...

      Greg Brewer of Brewer-Clifton

      Greg Brewer of Brewer-Clifton

      Be confident and inclusive. While it is critical to be confident, prideful, and enthusiastic about one’s direction, it is never necessary to vocalize/promote that spirit at the expense of others. Simple, deliberate pronoun use as well as the employment of...

      Donna Greene of NextGen Healthcare

      Donna Greene of NextGen Healthcare

      Be communicative — Once we realized there would be many unknowns with the COVID-19 pandemic, we immediately established regularly scheduled virtual communication vehicles like employee Town Hall meetings as well as rewards and recognition events. We also developed a business...

      Christine Nguyen of Limitless Foundation

      Christine Nguyen of Limitless Foundation

      You’re Going to Wear a Lot of Hats. When your organization is in the startup phase, you tend to play many roles at once, as your team hasn’t acquired all the talent it needs yet. I remember one night this...

      Brian Harris of MedRhythms

      Brian Harris of MedRhythms

      Transparency — The team should know when times are tough, when budgets are tight etc.

      Terre Short, Author

      Terre Short, Author

      Celebrate the wins and focus on the positive. Everyone feels good when someone or something (a process, a long-awaited shipment, a change in timing) is celebrated. More positive than negative things happen daily or we would not move forward. Our...

      Dr. Wanda Wallace of Leadership Forum

      Dr. Wanda Wallace of Leadership Forum

      Focusing on the facts and ignoring the emotions. You can’t leave people feeling cared for if you are not tuned in how they are feeling. Emotions are far more central to our performance and our decision making than we often...

      Calvin Yang of Canadian Youth Alliance for Climate Action

      Calvin Yang of Canadian Youth Alliance for Climate Action

      Lead with confidence. Remember that everyone working for you shares your passion and drive to realize the firm’s vision, and you are in the best position to lead it. Though the journey to improving one’s leadership skills is limitless, never,...

      Stacy Durand of MDG

      Stacy Durand of MDG

      Stay focused, positive and calm. Be the energy and the rock that is constant and unwavering for your team. Especially in tough times, bring that same positive, confident energy that allows your employees to feel supported.

      Robert Frechette of Medtronic

      Robert Frechette of Medtronic

      Collaboration is key: We are so thankful for our recent collaborations with Space X and Mt. Sinai Hospital (New York). Partnering with Space X has led to the production of thousands of PB980 solenoid valves in just a few months...

      George Kocher of Brand North

      George Kocher of Brand North

      Try not to sell your services in an area or demographic that can’t pay for them. If you are only competing on price, it can be a race to bankruptcy. Whenever possible pick affluent demographics as your target service area...

      Aditi Javeri Gokhale of Northwestern Mutual

      Aditi Javeri Gokhale of Northwestern Mutual

      Unlock the power of your team: To unlock the true potential of a team, inclusiveness and transparency are essential so that people are empowered to take action and move quickly. As part of this, I want people on my team...

      Sanjeev Katariya of InVision

      Sanjeev Katariya of InVision

      Care deeply about your people. Stay connected with the organization on what’s working and what’s the challenge. Be part of the solution, roll up your sleeves and work with them. Hands on behaviors build great teams and trust. For example,...

      Mark Bordo of Vetster

      Mark Bordo of Vetster

      Communicating with your team is critical and should be part of your daily process. During tougher times, employees will naturally feel stressed and concerned. It is important to over communicate and be fully transparent to ensure company morale and energy...

      Raj Verma of SingleStore

      Raj Verma of SingleStore

      Keeping the mindset that pressure and leadership are a privilege. There’s no giving up for me and I expect the same attitude from my colleagues. This gift we’ve been given of having jobs during the most difficult of economic times...

      Kerry Wekelo of Actualize Consulting

      Kerry Wekelo of Actualize Consulting

      Share gratitude: It is so easy to get swept up in negativity during uncertain times. Our annual retreat got cancelled, so instead of giving verbal, in-person gratitude, I opted to make a video for each person on our team describing...

      Kenetia Lee of PopUP CleanUP

      Kenetia Lee of PopUP CleanUP

      Invest into Developing your team. People who come to work for me invest their time and energy in helping me grow my vision of the business, it only feels right to invest back into what supports me. It comes back...

      Brian Day of Fuze

      Brian Day of Fuze

      Empower employees to do their jobs: Know when to step back and allow your employees to do their best work. It can be easy to make the mistake of micromanaging during stressful times. But if you hired good people, let...

      Angela Bradford of World Financial Group

      Angela Bradford of World Financial Group

      Create a culture of team work. Build a culture of working together as a team into your business. Teams that build together stay together and help each other in those tough times. One way to build this culture, is by...

      Amy Scissons of Russell Reynolds Associates

      Amy Scissons of Russell Reynolds Associates

      Lead with transparency and overcommunicate whenever possible. This means providing clear guidance on all business-critical priorities but also discussing the future outlook, which has the dual purpose of driving productivity in the short-term but also helping ease feelings of uncertainty...

      Sean Byrnes of Outlier

      Sean Byrnes of Outlier

      The most important thing you can do is listen to your customers. Talk to them if you can, watch their behavior and look for any kind of feedback they provide. Sometimes the customers themselves don’t know what is happening, but...

      Preston D. Cameron of Oculus Consulting Group

      Preston D. Cameron of Oculus Consulting Group

      Don’t lose your leadership credibility. The shock of the crisis lurches in business performance and strategy, and shortfalls in goal achievement make the top leader’s words less credible. Some employees will react with the pessimistic attitude of “why believe any...

      Victoria Pelletier, VP of IBM

      Victoria Pelletier, VP of IBM

      Leading With Empathy. In my own team leadership, I continue to exercise empathy as my company and team navigate a global pandemic. A parent myself, I understand that members of my team need extra space to navigate the perils of...

      Teresa Carlson of Amazon Web Services

      Teresa Carlson of Amazon Web Services

      I emphasize with my teams to take time to take care of themselves. It can be so hard to disconnect, with so many of us working remotely. We don’t have the commute to decompress and create some space between work...

      Candace Wolfshohl of Frost Bank

      Candace Wolfshohl of Frost Bank

      Continually host open, honest conversations. I mentioned this earlier but feel it’s important to say again because it’s such an important principle to leading during uncertain times. Tell your team what you know and be kind as you do it....

      Colin and Whit Hunter of BetterWorld

      Colin and Whit Hunter of BetterWorld

      Think like a customer — Always aim to put yourselves in the mind of our clients of any size, just as “the slug” moment taught us.

      Carolyn Slaski of EY Americas

      Carolyn Slaski of EY Americas

      Offering flexibility. Flexible work arrangements can help employees maintain a healthier work-life balance, prevent burnout and handle their various life scenarios.

      Ray Kruck of Tugboat Logic

      Ray Kruck of Tugboat Logic

      Trust your team. I work hard to earn the trust of my team by being honest and humble. I think teams only reciprocate trust when they feel and see that you have their best interest at heart.

      Lindsay Bertelli of REACH

      Lindsay Bertelli of REACH

      Ask for feedback (even if it is hard to hear). Everyone can learn in turbulent times, and the CEO/President is no different. It is important to hear from your team members and allow them to have a voice, even when...

      Alexis Nicole White of ANW Consulting

      Alexis Nicole White of ANW Consulting

      I have learned during this time is to illustrate my humanity by being empathetic as well as aware. There are five things I’ve learned to master during these times: transparency, kindness, understanding, encouraging, and motivating. In general, if we are...

      Lisa Arie of Vista Caballo

      Lisa Arie of Vista Caballo

      Know your edge. As we know, our best learning is found outside of our comfort zone. And we can’t solve new problems with old thinking. We need the new thinking found outside of our comfort zone. Again best to become...

      Sheila Murphy of Focus Forward Consulting

      Sheila Murphy of Focus Forward Consulting

      Be empathetic change and navigating difficult times is challenging for organizations but more so for people. Take the time to listen and understand the concerns. Make sure that your team feels heard and that you address what is said. You...

      Edward Gorbis of Career Meets World

      Edward Gorbis of Career Meets World

      Everyone has their own unique strength, and it is your job as a leader to tap into the strength of every individual during difficult times. Let everyone leverage their power to help you overcome this period of uncertainty together. It’s...

      Dr Joanna Martin of One of Many

      Dr Joanna Martin of One of Many

      Stay relevant to your purpose — if you know your purpose and know that everything you are doing is geared toward the fulfilment of that purpose, you will be clear in the goals you set for your business, yourself and...

      Christopher Salem of CRS Group Holdings

      Christopher Salem of CRS Group Holdings

      Influence: Transparent leaders know that influencing others is not what they say yet how they are the example for others to do the same for them. It’s not convincing others to see your point of view but empowering them to...

      Rebekah Goldman of Taking The Wheel Consulting

      Rebekah Goldman of Taking The Wheel Consulting

      Communicate - Be honest about how these times are affecting your business. Your team needs to know what is going on and what the plan of attack is. It is also important to let your team know what the expectation...

      Siddharth Rao of Twitter

      Siddharth Rao of Twitter

      Decision Making: For the success of any company, it is important that decisions are made in a principled fashion and made quickly. There are certain classes of decisions which require you to take a much longer timeframe to get to...

      Bob Bailkoski of Logicalis

      Bob Bailkoski of Logicalis

      Listen — Organizations have adapted well to the remote working environment. However, there is a human element we cannot ignore. Business leaders must understand exactly how employees are coping with the uncertainty and respond accordingly to ensure they feel supported....

      Andy Techmanski of FORLOH

      Andy Techmanski of FORLOH

      Always work the hardest you can for what you love and always love what you are working for. Don’t be afraid to experiment with new ideas or way of thinking. Be honest and be vigilant in everything you do.

      Jared Bradley of The Bradley Projects

      Jared Bradley of The Bradley Projects

      Take the time to call someone out for what they are doing well, lift your team up, and laugh together. We have had to lay a couple of people off over the past few months for performance issues, not for...

      Dr. Shar Najafi-Piper of Copa Health

      Dr. Shar Najafi-Piper of Copa Health

      Lead with kindness — identify a person’s strengths to help drive performance Don’t be afraid to have the awkward, tough discussions and make the tough decisions Roll up your sleeves and work hard if not harder than your employees. You...

      Daisy Jing of Banish

      Daisy Jing of Banish

      Be solution-oriented — don’t get sidetracked with other issues or even the emotion it comes with, focus on finding the solution and coming up with the ideas, and having the guts to solve the problem.

      Mark Carter

      Mark Carter

      Judge less, accept more and be patient with people. Some of your team may leave things to the last minute to get things done. Which I know from coaching and developing managers and leaders annoys the hell out of some...

      Mandy Gilbert of Creative Niche

      Mandy Gilbert of Creative Niche

      Be accessible. Your door should always be open (literally and figuratively). Whether it’s the new employee or the executive team, everyone should be able to reach you with questions, concerns, or feedback. If you have several hundred employees and individual...

      Eddie Martucci of Akili

      Eddie Martucci of Akili

      Be passionate…every day. Everyone has tough days. It’s especially important on those days to continue to always show your enthusiasm. It helps others, and it helps you.

      Dr Menaca Pothalingam of Smile Leadership Academy

      Dr Menaca Pothalingam of Smile Leadership Academy

      Communication. It is important to pay attention, understand and then respond to what the other person is saying. This style of communication give insight about the real roadblocks in the organization, revealing the areas of improvement and make the team...

      Prabhdeep Singh of UiPath

      Prabhdeep Singh of UiPath

      Lead with Courage — A steady hand instills confidence in the whole team and calms everyone’s nerves. In my previous roles, there were many times when we came close to being shut down as a group. Either the research just...

      Sanjoe Jose of Talview

      Sanjoe Jose of Talview

      Team Communication Is Key — Always remember your key asset — your team. From the beginning, as CEO, I made sure to communicate frequently and clearly with my team, explaining the company’s position vis-a-vis the crisis and letting them know...

      Matt Elliott of Pulse Financial Planning

      Matt Elliott of Pulse Financial Planning

      Burn out is a huge problem in the financial services industry. I’d recommend finding a business model that rewards your hard work with recurring revenue. If you are on a never-ending hamster wheel of prospecting and closing business, you will...

      Kali Hassinger of Center for Financial Planning

      Kali Hassinger of Center for Financial Planning

      Be Transparent — Be sure that communication is honest and authentic. If you don’t believe your message, neither will your team. Although there are times when we may be asked to deliver a message that doesn’t feel good, think through...

      David Savitsky of ATC Healthcare Services

      David Savitsky of ATC Healthcare Services

      Based on my experience, the five most important things a business leader should do to effectively lead during turbulent time are make timely decisions, always look for opportunity, communicate directly with the team, take responsibility and prepare for the unpredictable....

      Ciara Lancaster of Reimagine Change

      Ciara Lancaster of Reimagine Change

      Create calm over chaos. Don’t meet hysteria with hysteria. Do hone your emotional intelligence and separate facts from emotions. Remember that emotions only last 90 seconds in our brain. The key is to allow that time and then quickly disengage...

      Zoë Routh of Inner Compass

      Zoë Routh of Inner Compass

      Put in boundaries to create certainty. We created scenarios like, ‘what happens if the pandemic gets worse — what could we do then?’ We put some thresholds in place that would trigger hard decisions like if revenue dropped below break...

      William Gardner of Gardner Media Grou

      William Gardner of Gardner Media Grou

      Be realistic with your team with where you’re at — Keep a positive attitude and vision of attainable goals. You have to go out and bring in new business as the owner. Be a leader — Employees look to you...

      Rick White of Capture 3D

      Rick White of Capture 3D

      Bring people together. This year deepened a growing divide within society and our communities. When employees report to work, they just don’t drop their feelings and emotions before starting their projects. What happens outside of the workplace impacts our employees,...

      Mike “C-Roc” Ciorrocco of People Building

      Mike “C-Roc” Ciorrocco of People Building

      My favorite answer to this question would be from one of my mentors, Brandon Dawson, and it’s from his example of the lifeboat. If a ship were sinking and everyone needed to get into a lifeboat to survive and the...

      Lynne Doherty of McAfee

      Lynne Doherty of McAfee

      What difference did you make? EVERYONE can make a difference no matter your role or level in your company. If you show up every day giving it your all, then you will impact those around you.

      Jeff Jones of H&R Block

      Jeff Jones of H&R Block

      Set the tone for candor and transparency. There is power in being humble and at times admitting you’re feeling the strain of a crisis, too.

      Jason Peterson of GoDigital Media Group

      Jason Peterson of GoDigital Media Group

      Build and maintain trust with the team and key partners. Establish shared values and live them to build trust. Be a thoughtful and empathetic listener

      Dr. Joseph Michelli of The Michelli Experience

      Dr. Joseph Michelli of The Michelli Experience

      Shift Front, Middle, Back — During crises, leaders shouldn’t always be out front. There are times when they must lead from the front by setting and communicating their vision and the crisis strategy. At other times, they need to join...

      Dennis Self of Acoustic

      Dennis Self of Acoustic

      Be empathetic: Lead with empathy. Be a human being first. Understand that your employees have their own lives and may be going through difficult challenges outside of work. I held a call with a few employees at Acoustic who are...

      Anne Huntington of Huntington Learning Center

      Anne Huntington of Huntington Learning Center

      Maintain the true identity of your organization. A brand’s mission should weather any storm. Being flexible, pivoting operations, and adapting to rapid change will be a constant in any company, but you must remain true to the company’s mission in...

      Margaux Fraise of Harmony Creative Studio

      Margaux Fraise of Harmony Creative Studio

      Show up for your team. I always strive to be the first one in the Zoom or at the workplace with an upbeat — but not false — sense of purpose. This has especially been essential this year, with so...

      Jericha Jordan of RIGWA

      Jericha Jordan of RIGWA

      Creativity — we’re constantly talking to people, watching partners and competitors and looking for new, unique, and creative ways to generate income. Things can get stale quickly these days and in difficult times, it’s important to stand out. Let your...

      Gabriele Musella of Coinrule

      Gabriele Musella of Coinrule

      Stick to your values, the values of the company that you have agreed on with your team. Stick to them. Always recall your values during meetings, make principle-based conversations about what we are thriving for. Inject new hope, trust, and...

      Trisha Barita of Barita Law Firm

      Trisha Barita of Barita Law Firm

      Whether you have recognized it or not, people have been under stress during a large part of this year whether it is due to personal, business or economic reasons. This stress is being felt by the high up leadership in...

      Scott Greenberg

      Scott Greenberg

      Be of service to others. That includes your customers, your community–everyone you come into contact with. There’s a boomerang effect of the value we put out into the world. And focusing on others’ problems puts your own into perspective. One...

      Rachel H Graham of Evolve and Transform

      Rachel H Graham of Evolve and Transform

      Some of the most beautiful things come out of life’s challenges. Embrace and have gratitude for life’s difficulties as they often reveal greater beauty, dimension, and purpose to our lives. I found my purpose through a devastating life shift. I...

      Patrick Spain of First Stop Health

      Patrick Spain of First Stop Health

      Remain Steadfast in your mission — First Stop Health provides telemedicine to employees of our clients. We have had a number of employers who didn’t care if we engaged their employees to use this money-saving benefit. They just wanted a...

      Nicole Gregory of Urban You

      Nicole Gregory of Urban You

      READ, listen and connect with others. We can’t live in a bubble; the more we know and can understand how the world’s actions will affect our business, the better we will be at communicating to our team, with certainty on...

      John Flanders of CBD Emporium

      John Flanders of CBD Emporium

      Leaders build teams not empires. I hate the term boss. It shows a totalitarian way of running a company. I remember one time, I was on Facebook looking at a friend’s profile page and he used the term “boss” for...

      Alan J Murray of Empire BlueCross BlueShield

      Alan J Murray of Empire BlueCross BlueShield

      Self-educate — learn from other leaders, read their books, understand. I take a lot of inspiration from the story Zappos, and it’s focus on “Delivering Happiness,” but there are many other stories out there depending on a leader’s defined purpose....

      Courtney Underwood of Kassar Consulting

      Courtney Underwood of Kassar Consulting

      Give grace. In turbulent times, it may be tempting for leaders to have less patience and take out their frustrations on their team. This is simply the worst thing that you can do. Leading with compassion is a core component...

      Author Andi Simon

      Author Andi Simon

      Be Brave. Courage is essential. Whenever the times are changing, people become the proverbial deer in the headlight, freezing or fleeing the unfamiliar. This is a time when you will see who can rise to the top, capture the moment,...

      Arash Arabi of Sprint Agile

      Arash Arabi of Sprint Agile

      By now you probably have gathered how I think. I believe in turbulent times business leaders need to further improve their emotional intelligence, experiment empirically, create an environment that promotes creativity, look at the big picture, and of course be...

      Lindsay Kritzer of Rachio

      Lindsay Kritzer of Rachio

      Make everything about the team: the first and most important thing is to make everything about the team. Our team is filled with real people that have real lives that have all inevitably been affected by the pandemic. You have...

      Emily Metz of the American Egg Board

      Emily Metz of the American Egg Board

      Be flexible. During tough times, it’s important to be flexible — whether its ways of doing things, of communicating with stakeholders and more. It’s important to not get caught up in how things have been done in the past. I...

      Rune Sovndahl of Fantastic Services

      Rune Sovndahl of Fantastic Services

      Never give up. You don’t have to be the smartest and biggest to win. Keep working hard on the right things, make small progress and don’t ever stop.

      Patrick MacLeamy of HOK

      Patrick MacLeamy of HOK

      These are unprecedented times for business and for many companies, the only way to survive will be through shared sacrifice with your employees. When you are asking people to embrace painful measures like pay cuts and temporary furloughs, it helps...

      Michelle Loretta of ‘Be Sage Consulting’

      Michelle Loretta of ‘Be Sage Consulting’

      Be aware of people’s emotional vulnerability and lead with empathy. — During uncertain times, it’s critical to feel the emotional pulse of what people are experiencing. Some people will be fearful, others angry, some sad. Taking into consideration that everyone...

      Lindsey Goodchild of Nudge

      Lindsey Goodchild of Nudge

      Anything is possible, you just have to work really hard and keep persevering. In my first few years working on Nudge, I had the people around me to keep motivating me and reminding me of my worth. Hard times will...

      Lily Shen of Transfix

      Lily Shen of Transfix

      [Re]share your vision. A clear North Star will align and rally your organization around a common goal and help you and your team streamline decisions and prioritizations. Continuously remind your team of this vision, especially when times are tough.

      Lee Wallace of Peace Coffee

      Lee Wallace of Peace Coffee

      This year has been an exercise in leading during uncertain times. First we had the pandemic — the key there was to be decisive, transparent and empathetic. We sent anyone who didn’t have to work on site home, and we...

      Kaitlyn Witman of Rainfactory

      Kaitlyn Witman of Rainfactory

      Have cash in reserve as a cushion to shocks in the business, giving you the runway you need to pivot. Have a list of nonessential payments that could be the first to go when times get rough. If you have...

      Jennifer Haas of Noteworth

      Jennifer Haas of Noteworth

      Setting a vision and direction for the company — Ensure everyone knows the value they bring and the part they play. Start with the end goal in mind. I like to set a five-year vision, a three-year strategy and yearly...

      Doug Pearson and Derrick Morton of FlowPlay

      Doug Pearson and Derrick Morton of FlowPlay

      Be proactive. Before lockdowns went into place in Seattle where our company is headquartered, we began encouraging employees to work remotely, and provided every employee with a 30-day supply of freeze-dried meals for emergency needs. We also checked in with...

      Carmen Westbrook of Aina Giving

      Carmen Westbrook of Aina Giving

      During turbulent times, we need to focus the majority of our attention — about 80% — on relationships. This can be so very, very hard as leaders are watching sales dwindle…and it’s mandatory to stay in the game over the...

      Caitlin Scott of ‘Create Your Rich’

      Caitlin Scott of ‘Create Your Rich’

      Embrace the fear of the unknown — This is the part about being uncomfortable that forces growth. Quitting my corporate job was the hardest thing I ever did. I bet on myself, because why would I bet on anyone else....

      Brad Smithy of UBS

      Brad Smithy of UBS

      Maintain visibility, that’s important. You can’t run and hide. You have to lead and stand out in front. You can’t charge from the bottom of the hill. An example is our commitment to being in front of all 108 branches....

      Aaron Vick of Cicayda

      Aaron Vick of Cicayda

      Keep focused on your people even when there seem to be an endless supply of hurdles coming your way. Remember how displaying a high level of emotional intelligence and caring about your team will lead to a better work environment...

      Stephen Kohler of Audira Labs

      Stephen Kohler of Audira Labs

      Remain Accountable — As the adage goes, do what you say and say what you do. Practice compassionately candid conversations to help hold yourself, your team, and your organization accountable. Consider Zoom’s CEO who took personal responsibility when they experienced...

      Luis Soares and Rafael Oliveira of TOPdesk UK

      Luis Soares and Rafael Oliveira of TOPdesk UK

      Be honest. Don’t paint a picture to your team that’s unrealistic as being dis-honest in turbulent times will cause panic in the team. You also can’t gloss over problems, it may feel like you’re protecting the team, but the reality...

      Lisa Arledge Powell of MediaSource

      Lisa Arledge Powell of MediaSource

      Take care of your team — It is tough to be trailing your opponent in a hockey game and you can’t make a comeback on your own. This is when you need your teammates. As a business leader, the number...

      Jean Freeman of Zambezi:

      Jean Freeman of Zambezi:

      Run toward the problems. — Our natural instinct is often to duck and cover when difficulties arise, but I’d challenge leaders to run toward the problems instead. I believe it’s important to remember that even the most challenging circumstances hold...

      Berekk Blackwell of Daily Jam

      Berekk Blackwell of Daily Jam

      I’ve found that it always pays to be human. In the midst of so much pain and struggle, you can still show empathy toward the team in a workplace setting. Silence is not an option. By being as clear and...

      Angel N. Livas of ‘The Woman Behind The Business

      Angel N. Livas of ‘The Woman Behind The Business

      Celebrate: I know this one might sound weird — but, taking the time to acknowledge your team’s efforts go a long way. Everyone wants to feel valued — especially when you can’t receive the same level of positive reinforcement that...

      Jim Bureau of JAGGAER

      Jim Bureau of JAGGAER

      Acknowledge and communicate the impact of crisis. When COVID hit, we realized the potential organizational threat on March 1st. We had an executive who visited Milan, Italy, Vienna, Raleigh, and Seattle within a week’s time. Simultaneously, outbreaks were occurring in...

      Delali Dzirasa of Fearless

      Delali Dzirasa of Fearless

      Refocus on your operational plan. Businesses should have a strategic plan- whether it’s 3 years or 5 years. But when you have a once in a lifetime event like a pandemic, it is okay to revisit those strategic plans and...

      Cyrus Aram of Unleashing Leaders

      Cyrus Aram of Unleashing Leaders

      View change as a constant. If we know that change is certain, we have to develop and implement the infrastructure necessary to bend — not break — when change inevitably occurs. The companies and organizations thriving are the ones that...

      Brian Natwick of Crescent Communities

      Brian Natwick of Crescent Communities

      Lead with confidence, composure, and humility. As many of my mentors remind me often… “remember that everyone is watching.” When we win, we simply “hand the football” to the referee” versus spiking it or doing some silly dance.

      Scott Anderson of Intermedia

      Scott Anderson of Intermedia

      Stay focused on customers: Your buying audience drives growth and as the economy ebbs and flows, their needs may shift as well. Stay close to what they care about and make sure your company is delivering value at all times....

      Neville Crawley of Kiva

      Neville Crawley of Kiva

      Energy — I try to pay quite a lot of attention to my energy level and plan my activities more around energy than time. I’ve noticed that saying ‘no’ uses quite a lot of my energy, but I believe it...

      Mitch Luciano of Trailer Bridge

      Mitch Luciano of Trailer Bridge

      Be human. Share what you are going through during these challenging times — or any time. When your team realizes that you are experiencing the same things they are, because you are human, then you can better understand what each...

      Jewels Clark of How to Be Social

      Jewels Clark of How to Be Social

      Being honest. Be honest with not only your team but with others. I used to be a white liar when I was a kid. I would hide ice cream under the bed and then I’d be too scared to go...

      Jamie Kalamarides of Prudential Group Insurance

      Jamie Kalamarides of Prudential Group Insurance

      Choosing a set of leaders that are diverse and complementary, not clones, that have different traits, but can work together as a team. And assembling them as a team and understanding what motivates them, and challenging them to work together...

      Brittany Baldwin of Tick Tock Sales

      Brittany Baldwin of Tick Tock Sales

      Remember your ‘why’. This will inspire you to keep working towards your business goals. Be passionate about this.

      Stacey Ashley of Ashley Coaching & Consulting

      Stacey Ashley of Ashley Coaching & Consulting

      I think what business leaders need to do to lead effectively is they need to look after themselves. Again, turbulent change is often a marathon not a sprint. They can’t afford to burn themselves out. They need to make sure...

      Peter Thies of The River Group

      Peter Thies of The River Group

      Recalibrate strategy — Determine quickly how your business should adapt based on how your customers are affected. Then create a credible plan for making those changes so employees will be motivated to make them. An example is the whole restaurant...

      Nick Ron of House Buyers of America

      Nick Ron of House Buyers of America

      Maintain Healthy Margins: — Do not spend money you do not have. Always be cautious and conservative. Do not get into debt or try to invest significant amounts of money in unproven ventures. Start your plan small and grow each...

      John Ryan of The Center for Creative Leadership

      John Ryan of The Center for Creative Leadership

      Prioritize the safety and security of your people: You need to show you’re concerned about them and won’t ask them to do anything you wouldn’t do. When I was in the Navy, for example, we wouldn’t ask someone to fly...

      Heather Milligan of Lincoln Financial Group

      Heather Milligan of Lincoln Financial Group

      SMILE and GIVE ENCOURAGEMENT — as Mary Poppin’s once said…”a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” People will do more for you if you give them back some human encouragement and nurturing. That’s not to say that you...

      Hana Jung of Re:Boot Experiences

      Hana Jung of Re:Boot Experiences

      Surrender to the things out of your control. During COVID, there were so many variables that were constantly shifting: alarming rates of infection, quarantines, businesses shutting overnight and border closings. Focusing on areas outside of your control only amplifies feelings...

      Daniel Stanton of Now Optics

      Daniel Stanton of Now Optics

      Dream big, but understand your limits: During a time where everything is fragile, it’s important to continue to think outside of the box and brainstorm. However, in tragic circumstances it’s vital to tailor these ideas and to know what will...

      Brady Brim-DeForest of Theorem

      Brady Brim-DeForest of Theorem

      Remain calm. Don’t call a disaster before it occurs or create a moment for chaos. Be thoughtful about the risks you can see and develop an action plan to mitigate them.

      Anna Schlegel of NetApp

      Anna Schlegel of NetApp

      My three decades in Silicon Valley have provided me with a wealth of experience to draw from as I lead my own teams. Over the years, I have developed my leadership style to revolve around four central ideas:

      Amanda Hill of Three Box Strategic Communications

      Amanda Hill of Three Box Strategic Communications

      Make hard decisions. Sometimes you have to downsize, let people go or make other unpopular judgement calls to ensure a healthy business. It’s important to stand by your decisions with confidence, communicate them with clarity and keep pushing forward to...

      Kim K. Melillo of Sure Oak

      Kim K. Melillo of Sure Oak

      Embrace leadership as an act of service. I often think of the etymology of the word “company”. It implies community, coming together, connection. When uncertainty comes your way, your best resource is the community you have built. Take care of...

      Vijay Kurkal of Resolve Systems

      Vijay Kurkal of Resolve Systems

      Never Give Up: Be ready for your best-laid plans to go awry, especially right now. The reality is that we’re all constantly adjusting, but if you have that “never say die” attitude, you can look for new opportunities, even in...

      Michael Umansky of INK and Edgy

      Michael Umansky of INK and Edgy

      Establish your company’s vision, values, and mission. Then, let those factors be the lens through which you make decisions. Make sure your team knows and has bought into that vision and your values. We spent a lot of time on...

      Michael Levy of WorkProud

      Michael Levy of WorkProud

      You must move forward, keep calm and carry on. Which as we know during the current turbulent times, there’s uncertainty. It feels like the world’s coming apart at various stages, but the world won’t come apart. We will get through...

      Genevieve Piturro

      Genevieve Piturro

      Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway — Any major leap takes courage, faith, and an ability to train yourself to look up when your instinct is to look down. Whether you jump off the corporate ladder, change your life...

      Diana Scott of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

      Diana Scott of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

      Communicate frequently and transparently (this includes listening). I shared earlier about how important this is, especially during a crisis. You need to be visible. Our entire leadership team downloaded new software so we could create video messages and were sharing...

      Craig Scheef of Texas Security Bank

      Craig Scheef of Texas Security Bank

      Agility enables leaders to remain flexible and move quickly to apply solutions, while maintaining foresight. As a team, we must increase listening and awareness, share lessons, optimize the decision process to facilitate rapid redesign and value the incremental wins.

      Andrew Malley of Dignity Health Global Education

      Andrew Malley of Dignity Health Global Education

      Honesty and Transparency: Your teams and customers will appreciate it. We give internal quarterly sessions to the company with the idea to create goals and set priorities we can all share and embrace.

      Renee Fellman, Turnaround Expert

      Renee Fellman, Turnaround Expert

      Convey confidence and competence through your demeanor and stakeholder communications. For example, within the first hour I am on the job, I communicate with all employees, either via a company-wide meeting or other means appropriate to that situation. As a...

      Mark Williams of Brokers International

      Mark Williams of Brokers International

      Be a good listener. People are afraid and most of them just want to be heard. Provide opportunities for people to express their feelings, and as they share, practice intentional listening. Be present with them in a real and meaningful...

      Lynn Power of MASAMI

      Lynn Power of MASAMI

      It’s about leading with empathy. This means understanding that each person on your team is in a unique situation and has different needs. It’s also about accommodating and understanding the difficulties of remote work, like managing kids doing online school...

      Kishshana Palmer

      Kishshana Palmer

      Watch the road. You’ve got to watch for trends and pay attention to what’s happening. Last year, I decided to invest in online tools and more virtual training and perfected my style (and the technology). I didn’t know a pandemic...

      Katie Hendrix of Novolex

      Katie Hendrix of Novolex

      Be agile. Everything we know about doing business changed in 2020. Had we not been agile and adapted to each new challenge thrown at us, Novolex would not be in the steady state that it’s in today. Being able to...

      Drew Falkman of Modus Create

      Drew Falkman of Modus Create

      Always put people first. During the pandemic, we have seen how the people on the front lines — nurses, like doctors, Instacart shoppers, restaurant workers — are the ones who are taking the risk, and keeping their companies (as well...

      Cauveé of Cauvee Global

      Cauveé of Cauvee Global

      Recalibrate — Once you have determined where you can focus, pivot and go full steam ahead. We did this with our Community by hosting free consulting calls and giving a ton of value. Additionally, we started reaching out and supporting...

      Ryll Burgin-Doyle, Author

      Ryll Burgin-Doyle, Author

      Short term “blinders” — This is where a business owner or leader loses all perspective, having only the short term “blinders” on, where they cannot see anything past what they are dealing with right now and right now. They completely...

      Glen Casel of Embrace Families

      Glen Casel of Embrace Families

      Be confident. When people feel uncertain and scared, they look to their leaders for reassurance. Even if you’re not 100% confident, project that decisiveness and that authority when you take action.

      Dr. Benjamin Ritter of Live for Yourself Consulting

      Dr. Benjamin Ritter of Live for Yourself Consulting

      Be aware of the work your team is doing, and ensure that your employees strengths and interests are being matched with the right work, and that they are able to delegate or are at least being recognized for work they...

      Dave Krepcho of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

      Dave Krepcho of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

      Embrace failure and fail fast — we learn twice as much from our mistakes than we do from successes. Nobody is perfect. If you can embed this thinking into your culture, you have created a safe space to operate within....

      Clif Smart of Missouri State University

      Clif Smart of Missouri State University

      Rely on your team. Trying to do everything yourself doesn’t work. To be successful during a crisis, everyone has to row together in the boat. Then, give lots of credit to others when they do good work.

      Borys Pikalov of Stobox

      Borys Pikalov of Stobox

      Treat challenges as fun. The harder it is to win, the bigger the price, the greater you feel after accomplishment. The atmosphere of playfulness encourages experimentation and creativity — they are your key assets that differentiate between winners and losers...

      Ani Manian of Primal Six

      Ani Manian of Primal Six

      Shift from control-based leadership to empowerment-based leadership — Great leaders aren’t measured by how many followers they have, but by how many leaders they create. While one person may not be able to shift the course of the company single...

      Andrew Stanten of Altitude Marketing

      Andrew Stanten of Altitude Marketing

      Be authentic. While many agency leaders hide their numbers, I openly share the monthly, quarterly and YTD P&L and provide updates on the balance sheet and exactly how many months of expenses we have in the bank for that proverbial...

      Andre Basso of Mountainside

      Andre Basso of Mountainside

      Be adaptable. When the pandemic started, we faced several challenges. How were we going to continue to engage people in the company if they worked from home? How would we still make people feel like they are connected to Mountainside?...

      Peter Ross of Senior Helpers

      Peter Ross of Senior Helpers

      We made safety our number one priority. We at Senior Helpers are committed to providing exceptional care for the seniors and families in our communities, and know our efforts are inherently valuable during this COVID-19 pandemic — when our clients...

      Martin Mendez of NEORIS

      Martin Mendez of NEORIS

      For instance, we launched HealthCheck, a platform that emerged aiming to solve the challenges the pandemic brought to the workplace by using artificial intelligence, machine learning and contact tracing, while still being user-friendly. The app guarantees a safe return to...

      Brandi Gregge of Mint & Needle Medical Aesthetics

      Brandi Gregge of Mint & Needle Medical Aesthetics

      Remove emotional triggers from your life. Perhaps you find that there is a specific person, situation or environment that is a triggering experience for you. Be aware of the triggers and remove or limit them from your daily life.

      Yuchun Lee of Allego

      Yuchun Lee of Allego

      Build a team and a business that can withstand challenges. In my experience, it’s much harder to build a company that is timed to be sold and make money than it is to build it right for the long haul...

      Sarah Gulbrandsen of RingPartner

      Sarah Gulbrandsen of RingPartner

      Transparency is key. Your team can sense when you are holding your cards too close and it can cause unnecessary spin. Rather, it’s better to address a situation upfront, lay out the facts and let your team know how you...

      Jennifer Laloup of the Mobile Growth Association

      Jennifer Laloup of the Mobile Growth Association

      Listen. Encourage your team to contribute to the conversation and listen to what they say. Leaders and managers should look to understand what their team is telling them. This means listening to verbal and non-verbal communication. Tactics that have worked...

      Gunter Swoboda, Author

      Gunter Swoboda, Author

      I’m probably going to repeat myself here but the key in leading in turbulent times is having put the groundwork in when there is no crisis. Envisage being the leader you want to be in good times and the bad....

      Dr. Tanya Kormeili of Derm & Rejuvenation Institute

      Dr. Tanya Kormeili of Derm & Rejuvenation Institute

      Humility. Being able to admit you don’t have all the answers but are willing to learn and serve on good faith is important. I have been very truthful to my staff about the pandemic. No one really has the playbook...

      Cheryl Chester of KardasLarson

      Cheryl Chester of KardasLarson

      Do not micromanage. This is a challenge when your employees are remote, and you may feel that you have lost some control of their performance. You may have. But this is only a problem when you have not communicated very...

      Anthony Casablanca of GriefLeaders

      Anthony Casablanca of GriefLeaders

      By being vulnerable, I am not talking about being weak or scared or incapable of making hard decisions. It takes a strong leader to be vulnerable. Vulnerable, in this sense, means being willing to let people know you care and...

      Tom Skelton of Surescripts

      Tom Skelton of Surescripts

      Be visible. When COVID-19 hit, the Surescripts leadership team responded to the uncertainty by engaging with the team through a variety of channels like town halls, all-employees emails, virtual social gatherings, etc.

      Steven Seiden of Acquired Data Solutions

      Steven Seiden of Acquired Data Solutions

      A leader needs to be able to sit with themselves and reflect, be at peace and have space to think. Without giving yourself that space there’s no way to create and perform. That’s why meditation has been a huge part...

      Ryan Alovis of Lens Direct

      Ryan Alovis of Lens Direct

      Be smart and cut unnecessary costs immediately. Focus on affordable ways to increase the business, like referrals, hitting the phones, focusing on free channels to increase exposure like social media. The possibilities are endless when you need to get creative....

      Ray Williams of Springfield Clinic

      Ray Williams of Springfield Clinic

      Stick together. When we first started working on how to respond to the COVID-19 challenge, we had different team members doing different things. There was a tendency for team members to challenge each other more than support, understand, and rapidly...

      Leesa Schipani of KardasLarson

      Leesa Schipani of KardasLarson

      Encourage innovation — in this current economy, we’ve looked at the way we deliver our services via virtual platforms and on-demand products. Without in-person networking events where we generate the majority of our leads, we’ve needed to look for new...

      Joseph Mannello of MYOS

      Joseph Mannello of MYOS

      Don’t assume everyone is dealing with turbulent times the same way. You don’t know what is going on at home, family, health, etc. Everyone deals with stress differently. We have been flexible and empathetic as we know that many of...

      Henry S. Givray of SmithBucklin

      Henry S. Givray of SmithBucklin

      Replenish your energy — Time is finite. We all have exactly 24 hours in a day. We can’t alter, manipulate or recover time. But energy can be expanded and regularly renewed. Therefore, rather than fret over time, we should instead...

      Diana Allen of The SSI Group

      Diana Allen of The SSI Group

      Celebrate your teams. Share successful ideas broadly, giving credit to the people who came up with the ideas or helped execute on strategy. Doing so builds morale during tough times and encourages employees to continue to innovate — critical for...

      Daniel Beer of Beer Home Team

      Daniel Beer of Beer Home Team

      Collaborate. Great leaders don’t magically have an encyclopedia of knowledge in their minds. They are always learning and growing through a collaborative process with like-minded people. I have always aligned myself with people who have already accomplished the goals I...

      Clayton Durant of CAD Management

      Clayton Durant of CAD Management

      I think the most important role as a leader during this time is to remain optimistic about the future. Negative energy can spread fast throughout an organization and can put barriers upon the creativity that can drive organizations to survive...

      Scott Deviney of Chicken Salad Chick

      Scott Deviney of Chicken Salad Chick

      Remain Flexible — In a crisis, things will not go as planned. Therefore, create the framework for your plan while also having a plan B, C and even D in mind. Even as an idea begins to roll out, you...

      Ryan Skinner of Summit Financial Partners

      Ryan Skinner of Summit Financial Partners

      I think that the bad times are what define you. They are what separate the good from the great. During the hard times it is important to push harder and dig deeper in order to get to that next level....

      Dave DeRose, Author

      Dave DeRose, Author

      Prepare your self and consider all the situations you may encounter. Spend time making yourself a better person, manager, boss, and visionary. I have spent many hours in thought as well as prayer and also reading and listening to books...

      Anne Carlson of Jiminy’s

      Anne Carlson of Jiminy’s

      Follow your “North Star”. At one point we tried a recyclable bag, but it didn’t work. The color was off, the print was blurry, so our product wasn’t as appealing to the eye. Our North Star isn’t making recyclable bags...

      Lisa Dahl of Dahl Restaurant Group

      Lisa Dahl of Dahl Restaurant Group

      During difficult times it’s not always a good idea to reinvent who you are because that can throw off your customer base. They’re looking for the identity and strength of the brand, even if that means that we have to...

      Jerry Mcglothlin of Special Guests

      Jerry Mcglothlin of Special Guests

      While it is best to get our value from our good works and not from praise, there is something to be said for giving credit where credit is due. That sort of ‘praise’ is just and also quite motivating.

      Branden McRill of Fine-Drawn Hospitality

      Branden McRill of Fine-Drawn Hospitality

      Set goals. Determine as a group what’s important, and what rules can be bent and broken and then bend and break what needs to be. Don’t use old practices because they’re old. Don’t use best-practices because they are no longer...

      Vivian Chan of East Meets Dress

      Vivian Chan of East Meets Dress

      Find ways to recharge so you can continue to operate at a high level. No one is superhuman and it’s just as important to not burn out as a leader during tough times. Treat your body and your mind well...

      Marie Olesen of La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre and Medical Spa

      Marie Olesen of La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre and Medical Spa

      Stay focused on your mission…do not let the uncertainties damage your core systems, in our case caring for patients with kindness and competence. With COVID safety protocols, we cannot care for the same number of people, so we had to...

      Klemen Zupancic of SciNote

      Klemen Zupancic of SciNote

      Find opportunities — Every crisis is good for reevaluating if what we are doing is still relevant. We took this opportunity of a few slow months to optimize our internal processes and to plan out product expansion that we talked...

      Kim Woods

      Kim Woods

      Double down on your company’s purpose — Recommitting to your company’s purpose removes doubt and uncertainty for you and, more importantly, your employees and customers. Providing inspiration for the purpose through passionate communication demonstrates commitment. In recent months, as President...

      Greg Samios of Wolters Kluwer

      Greg Samios of Wolters Kluwer

      Use data to make thoughtful decisions. Quick decisions in turbulent times can easily lead the business down the wrong road. I’ve seen this play out time and again. I recall a situation when a recommendation was based on a narrative,...

      Gardar Stefansson of GOOD GOOD

      Gardar Stefansson of GOOD GOOD

      Build a good team that you can rely on — This is a key feature. Your team is the key in any situation, hard times, and good times. Having a trustworthy, reliable, and hardworking team that has shared vision and...

      Ellen Yin of High Street Hospitality Group

      Ellen Yin of High Street Hospitality Group

      Be consistent. Making sure we are consistent in applying all our policies and procedures with regard to customers and staff helps people know what to expect and create less opportunity for misunderstanding.

      Chuck Stokes of Memorial Hermann Health System

      Chuck Stokes of Memorial Hermann Health System

      Leadership visibility — Deliver good news and bad news but deliver “the news.” I have had to deal with many layoffs and restructurings during my 40-year career. They are always painful for those affected and those left behind. Be sensitive...

      Bruno Pešec of Pesec Global

      Bruno Pešec of Pesec Global

      When there is such uncertainty as there is right now, some things might be just out of the window. That project that you have been working on, maybe expansion in certain territories or expansion of a certain product line, maybe...

      Cristina DiGiacomo of MorAlchemy

      Cristina DiGiacomo of MorAlchemy

      Educate. Plato said one of the most important roles a leader should embody is that of an educator. Leaders who are open, transparent and communicative at all times, who take the role of the teacher, gain a closer connection with...

      Richard Atkin of Greenway Health

      Richard Atkin of Greenway Health

      When things are uncertain, acknowledge the uncertainty, determine the facts and identify what is known. Improved outcomes are achieved by focusing on improving the input. This has been our core priority at Greenway during the pandemic, and as a result,...

      Ivy Slater of Slater Success

      Ivy Slater of Slater Success

      Keep connecting, building, enhancing and nurturing old and new relationships. When you have those moments of needing to pull together a support team or resources, they will be at your fingertips. These relationships also give you the power to connect...

      Greg Moran of OutMatch

      Greg Moran of OutMatch

      Business leaders always say employees are our number one asset, and that’s truer than ever. Today, the primary concern has to be the health and wellbeing of your team- mental and physical.

      Dr. Jodi Berg of Vitamix

      Dr. Jodi Berg of Vitamix

      Help people identify their OWN personal purpose and their OWN super powers and then help them discover the symbiotic nature of their purpose and the company purpose and the powerful fulfillment and energy that comes from living with purpose.

      Violette de Ayala of FemCity

      Violette de Ayala of FemCity

      Give gratitude to others and put them on the stage. When we praise others for the work they have done and we do so in front of others, it motivates, inspires and lifts the work ethic of others. We all...

      Paul Miller of Questex

      Paul Miller of Questex

      Be transparent, authentic and honest — When it became clear that the Covid-19 pandemic was going to have a deep and elongated effect on the live events business I decided to create an informal blog named the “Quarantimes” that allowed...

      Patrick Carroll of CARROLL

      Patrick Carroll of CARROLL

      Above all, the most critical role of an employer and business leader is to communicate and be transparent with your team. Reassure them and make sure they know everything will be fine, especially during challenging or uncertain times. You must...

      Kristin Karst of AmaWaterways

      Kristin Karst of AmaWaterways

      Be “Hands-on” With Your Team — My management style includes spending a great deal of time interacting with our employees and crew onboard our ships as well as being present whenever new employees join the company. The benefits of being...

      Kelly Chambliss of IBM Global Business Services

      Kelly Chambliss of IBM Global Business Services

      I think it is critical for leaders to provide a clear, honest, and transparent view of a situation and the challenges, then provide a path forward that builds confidence in the future. And you can’t just be optimistic — you...

      Janine Garner, Author

      Janine Garner, Author

      During times of uncertainty leaders have to manage the disequilibrium that is being experienced. It requires leaders to work hard to create a safe holding environment, one of security and trust. It requires decisiveness but with compassion for how people...

      Colin House of Intellibed

      Colin House of Intellibed

      Communicate communicate…be transparent with employees: Treat employees like you would want to be treated. Being kept in the dark is the worst experience, so being open and transparent is key to morale. Communicate to them not only in the good...

      Robert L. Blankenship of WebFindYou

      Robert L. Blankenship of WebFindYou

      Stay Focused — You have to remember your goals and not let bumps in the road detour you from your end game. Hard times are a part of life, but if you have the drive and a solid foundation, you...

      Pankaj Talwar of Copperstate Farms

      Pankaj Talwar of Copperstate Farms

      Maintain an active dialogue and communicate with as many of your leaders as possible. Find as many forums as possible to engage with your people leaders and employees as you can — conference calls, virtual video conference calls, emails, newsletters,...

      Nicole Jeffrey of RED South Beach

      Nicole Jeffrey of RED South Beach

      Evaluate constantly. With things being so volatile, it’s important to look at things that worked yesterday and make sure they still work for today.

      NFL Pro Corey Lewis

      NFL Pro Corey Lewis

      A business leader should be calm and collected throughout difficult situations. Although these challenges aren’t always quick fixes and may require a little more work, you’re bound to figure out if you stay calm. Implement best practices for your business,...

      Michael S. Seaver of Seaver Consulting

      Michael S. Seaver of Seaver Consulting

      Know Thyself. I supported the COO of a consulting firm two years ago that was known to play favorites with her staff. As time passed, her favorites began to feel ostracized, overworked, and underappreciated. Their department revenue dipped, employee turnover...

      Kym Gold of True Religion Brand Jeans

      Kym Gold of True Religion Brand Jeans

      I had a great team at my last business and have the same now. When you have reliable people on your team that feels appreciated and empowered, your business can be unstoppable. Surround yourself with competent and dedicated members that...

      Howard M. Shore of Activate Group

      Howard M. Shore of Activate Group

      Be Ambitious — It is easy, in stressful and uncertain times, to lose your ambition. This is a test to stand tall. It is a test of courage, creativity, and initiative. More than ½ of the S & P 500...

      Flynn Zaiger of Online Optimism

      Flynn Zaiger of Online Optimism

      The first thing is to be open and honest with your team. It’s fine to admit that things are uncertain. When we first realized we’d have to be remote, we set up a structure for frequent, recurring updates to the...

      Bryan Peña of MBO Partners

      Bryan Peña of MBO Partners

      Make Hard Decisions First — Our CEO Miles Everson has a saying that unlike wine problems tend to not age well. For example; if an organization is going to have make the difficult decision to reduce staff, it is important...

      Ayan Birimzhan of HEALTH PROJECT

      Ayan Birimzhan of HEALTH PROJECT

      Don’t panic. Difficulties and problems will always happen, even if you are prepared. Assess the situation soberly and only then make decisions rationally and not emotionally.

      Author Shep Hyken

      Author Shep Hyken

      As leaders, we need to be optimistic. I mentioned this before. We need to be realistically optimistic. We must instill confidence while being realistic about what’s happening. Author Jim Collins shared a great example of this in his book, Good...

      Alex Rowland of NewTropic

      Alex Rowland of NewTropic

      Stay present. Being the boss doesn’t mean taking time off and letting the staff handle things. Particularly during an uncertain time, being onsite and visible to employees, leading by example, and maintaining the pace is crucial. Every day in a...

      Adem Selita of The Debt Relief

      Adem Selita of The Debt Relief

      Courage is the largest prerequisite to make plans when the future is so unpredictable. Courage is a mission-critical quality in that any great leader which is an exemplary of courage knows how to guide their team into the unknown and...

      Philip Meer of PatientKeeper

      Philip Meer of PatientKeeper

      Communicate calmly, transparently, regularly, and empathetically: Uncertain times invite people to do more interpretation (potentially to make up concerns that may or may not be valid), and could, psychologically, result in serious anxiety and strain to mental health. As a...

      Anthony M. Drago of GPS Lifestyle

      Anthony M. Drago of GPS Lifestyle

      First and foremost, take some “ME” time by being an early riser, doing some form of exercise and practicing gratitude. I know this might not seem to fit into the traditional idea of a successful leadership strategy, however, if you...

      Shannon Gabor of Clever Creative

      Shannon Gabor of Clever Creative

      During the first 3 to 5 weeks of this incredibly difficult, an uphill moment of my business as an owner, I knew quickly that I needed to identify one to two people on my staff that I knew I could...

      Ritch Eich, Author

      Ritch Eich, Author

      Be highly visible and keep a steady hand on the till. And don’t panic…maintain your composure. Be courageous, honest, transparent, candid, reassuring and show you are genuinely empathic; always keep an open mind and solicit others’ ideas; remember to use...

      Raphael Crawford-Marks of Bonusly

      Raphael Crawford-Marks of Bonusly

      Express your good intent. Start the feedback conversation by sharing that your intent is to help the employee improve, learn, and grow. Setting this tone for the conversation will get you in the right mindset and make it clear to...

      Peter Polizzi of Splunk

      Peter Polizzi of Splunk

      Take some time for your own intentional “airplane mode” to stay balanced. There is a reason why “you should put your oxygen mask on first” Start planning for the new normal and leave enough tolerance for the unknowns.

      Michael Saulpaugh of Elegant Music Group

      Michael Saulpaugh of Elegant Music Group

      Find the Levity. Exploit the Levity. — Remember to laugh. We’re emotional beings, and this can be a lot easier said than done. I grew up in a household where no situation, no matter how dire or terminal it was,...

      Karen Elmir of The Elmir Group

      Karen Elmir of The Elmir Group

      Reevaluate Your Goals — Take a look at what you are doing and if your goals fit the current environment. Make a Plan — Set new goals if applicable and determine the action steps to reach those goals.

      John Mackel of Weaver

      John Mackel of Weaver

      As the CEO or other executive, be available 24/7. Now more than ever is a leader’s time to build trust and show they are available to work side by side with employees and customers to manage through this difficult time....

      Jeff Gill of Germinator

      Jeff Gill of Germinator

      Don’t live in denial — When COVID-19 hit and the phones stopped ringing at Sir Grout, we did not hesitate to acknowledge the circumstances and allow people’s imaginations to run away with them. We brought everyone together and enacted a...

      Aaron Velky of Ortus Academy

      Aaron Velky of Ortus Academy

      It’s critical to understand that you and your team have different life priorities. I personally live and breathe my businesses, for better or worse. And while that’s the phase of life I’m in, that’s also a choice as an entrepreneur...

      Tiphani Montgomery of Millions Conference

      Tiphani Montgomery of Millions Conference

      Be Transparent — Honesty and integrity go a long way to building mutual respect in relationships, whether it is your team or customers. When we decided to move Millions Conference virtual due to COVID-19, that meant that I needed a...

      Patrick Henigan of Jacksonville Fitness Academy

      Patrick Henigan of Jacksonville Fitness Academy

      You can’t accomplish what you want in life if you’re afraid of what other people think of you. You can’t reach your full potential if you’re always planning and never acting. Action and work ethic are the great equalizers. You...

      Michael Brown of Children’s Lighthouse

      Michael Brown of Children’s Lighthouse

      Stay calm and make the right decisions for the right reasons. A decision based upon emotion can get you into a lot of trouble. When the crisis broke out and we started calling each owner one on one, many were...

      Matt Altman of Sportiqe Apparel Company

      Matt Altman of Sportiqe Apparel Company

      Early on when the pandemic hit, there was a bit of survival mode that kicked in and I used that adrenaline to push forward at a quick pace.

      Kevin Crawford of Kevin Crawford Consulting

      Kevin Crawford of Kevin Crawford Consulting

      You must wall off criticism, you must compartmentalize, you can’t get wrapped up emotionally. That goes with leadership and managing in general — must not allow the emotions to run away with you. Good things happen when you’re objective, bad...

      John Hartsell and Jeff Scrabeck of DIZPOT

      John Hartsell and Jeff Scrabeck of DIZPOT

      Experiment a lot and be willing to make mistakes (fail forward). In all walks of life, experimentation makes up the elasticity of any personal and organizational growth. Stretching the limitations of an organization is the only way it can determine...

      Jason Westhoff of Cousins Subs

      Jason Westhoff of Cousins Subs

      Lead by example. During the pandemic, we knew we couldn’t survive without out employees. We also knew many of them didn’t have a choice whether to work or not. Instead of running our business as normal or cutting pay to...

      Dan Clark of IBH Population Health Solutions

      Dan Clark of IBH Population Health Solutions

      Be resilient and be adaptable during difficult times. As leaders, we always need to be open to changing our course as the environment changes and that requires a certain amount of humility, self-reflection, internalization, and requires you be adaptable and...

      Brittany Merrill-Yeng of Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey

      Brittany Merrill-Yeng of Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey

      Do not make long term fixes for short term problems. Many people urged us to make steep discounts to allow people to buy the product as the bars re-opened. While this is noble in some ways, our quality ingredients drive...

      Brenda Neckvatal

      Brenda Neckvatal

      Control what you can control. That’s all you can do. It starts with you. The only thing that is really in my control is how I respond to life and life circumstances. You can choose to be negative in a...

      Austin Denison of Denison Success Systems

      Austin Denison of Denison Success Systems

      By far, the most critical role of a leader is to instill a dedicated culture into the organization. Many people say that a leader’s true role is to provide direction, although this is true to an extent, that direction quickly...

      Kathleen Black of Kathleen Black Coaching and Consulting

      Kathleen Black of Kathleen Black Coaching and Consulting

      The number one principle that can help guide a company through the ups and downs of turbulent times is agile focus. We need to be compassionate, we need to be connected with our teams but we also need to be...

      Andrea Martin of Success Blueprint Vault

      Andrea Martin of Success Blueprint Vault

      Focus on what you can control”. It is about knowing that no matter what there is valuable work to do. As a leader, is it our responsibility to ensure we don’t lose sight of that and allow noise to take...

      Thomas J. Giordano, Jr. of Pond Lehocky Giordano

      Thomas J. Giordano, Jr. of Pond Lehocky Giordano

      Growing your business is an exciting time, but there are common pitfalls that we all must be aware of. First and foremost, if you have clients, make sure your service to them does not slip while growing. Second, don’t always...

      Pete Warhurst of Red Rover

      Pete Warhurst of Red Rover

      It is tremendously important in difficult times to make sure the team feels your confidence about weathering the storm. Even if we were discussing difficult things, I always tried to maintain a positive outlook.

      Kimberly Roush, Author

      Kimberly Roush, Author

      I think one of the most important attributes of a great leader is emotional intelligence. I can’t just tell you my point of view without considering yours. I can’t move you from point A to point B without starting at...

      Ed Krow of Ed Krow, LLC

      Ed Krow of Ed Krow, LLC

      Stay focused. The Sky is not falling, this too shall pass. While we do have to be flexible and be willing to pivot it does not mean that we give up our core values or the mission of our organization....

      Amara Luciano, Author

      Amara Luciano, Author

      Take risks because things are uncertain, not only despite uncertainty. When I first started my short fiction publishing company, debt was my personal pandemic. I had debt coming out of my ears and no way to pay it off. I...

      Kevin M. LaChapelle of the San Diego American Indian Health Center

      Kevin M. LaChapelle of the San Diego American Indian Health Center

      Stay anchored in the mission, purpose, and vision of the organization. Remain true to that and be proactive in the customers you serve, and they will not forget how you rose to the occasion to continue to care for them...

      Bronwen Sciortino, Author

      Bronwen Sciortino, Author

      Always safeguard the health and wellbeing of your greatest asset — your people. Teach them to put in place a life structure that supports great energy and health levels all the time, and they’ll be able to ebb and flow...