Black Swan Event

COVID-19: Rapidly innovate & create opportunities


By KyoungHee Choi

Let’s face it. Most entrepreneurs are struggling amid this COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. The longer it continues, the more business will be crippled by the crisis and might not be able to recover. We are facing an unprecedented storm. Everyone is faced with incredible uncertainty.

While businesses are rapidly adjusting their business plans, and working to quickly adapt to a new reality, it becomes critically important to focus on defensive moves that will maintain cash flow and long-term relationships with clients.

Five proverb-inspired leadership lessons to navigate through COVID-19


By Kyounghee Choi

As you navigate through these uncertain times, there are no perfect guides or advisors given the unexpected and uncharted crisis. Successful leaders will need to continuously explore opportunities, try them and fast fail to maximize rapid learning cycles. As leaders digest massive amounts of information through various media sources to set the course for tomorrow, there is one critical challenge. As Art Buchwald, an American columnist once said, “Television has a real problem. They have no page two.” Leaders always think about page two, that is, what happens next and how to connect the dots to find your path forward. In this blog, I want to share some perspectives through the use of proverbs.

COVID-19 in the Construction Industry – Managing Distancing from a Work Perspective


By Eric Johnson

As calls for distancing continue to increase in both social environments and working environments, social behaviors can adapt relatively quickly to increasing distance, but work environments can pose challenges. The cases of the latter can involve situations that require the presence of employees in a mandatory way and/or in a teamwork environment. In the case of construction, we look at several types of organizations in the construction industry and how the COVID-19 recommended social distancing will affect both the organization and the business.

Supporting Your Community During COVID-19


By Josh Williams, Ph.D.

Constantly refreshing and other outlets for the latest updates on COVID-19 can create enormous distress as the number of people infected and killed by this terrible outbreak steadily climbs. More coverage is now also focusing on the massive number of small business owners and employees that are losing their jobs and income streams due to the pandemic. Small business is the backbone of our communities and it’s in real trouble.

Staying Mindful During a Pandemic


By Madison Hanscom & Kelly Cave

We are living in a turbulent time. Unfortunately, when life becomes hectic, we may unintentionally place our mental health on the backburner. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals are feeling extreme financial strain and are trying to juggle increasing priorities. Many people who typically work in professional spaces are now working from home with spouses and/or children and are trying to establish new routines. Amidst the painful anticipation of this unfolding situation, and the current stress we are experiencing, it is important to keep mental health in the forefront.

Why Sleep is Particularly Important During a Pandemic


By Kelly Cave & Madison Hanscom

The current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in increased responsibilities for many people. Citizens are learning how to adjust to a new way of life. This might include learning how to work from home, wearing multiple hats while balancing childcare and work, or the stress of supporting older loved ones. When things get busy, we tend to cut back on sleep. Oftentimes we do this so it feels like we have more hours in the day, and your employees are no exception.

The Typhoon: A Fable of Leading through a Black Swan Event

Stormy at ocean

By Eric Michrowski

As we navigate through this Black Swan event, I keep being reminded of a book that had captured my attention in my youth. Joseph Conrad’s Typhoon presents the story of Captain MacWhirr, a practical leader of few words, and Jukes a youthful sea mate as they sail a newly built ship across the South China Sea.