Three Highlights from RHR’s CEO Forum on Leading in Today’s Climate

We have been advising our chief executive officer clients individually as well as bringing them together in intimate, transparent forums to share experiences and updates on how they are leading through this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement and social inequity, and ongoing business instability and unpredictability. Here are some themes that have emerged: 

Planning is unpredictable, so plan for the worst and hope for the best, but be bold about how you want to come out of this crisis. 

Promoting Intimacy at Scale

In the current business environment, there is a plethora of tips and advice on how to communicate remotely in light of the COVID-19 virus. Much of the challenge as we switch to virtual working relates to connecting with people in a way that helps them feel cared for and gives them a sense of belonging. However, this is not a new issue, and while the current situation has put this into sharp relief, it is a key challenge for many senior leaders.

As they progress to more senior levels, how do senior leaders scale their impact and intimacy?

Leadership Tips for Successfully Transitioning from Big Corporate Environments to Smaller Private Equity owned Portfolio Companies

The last decade has been good for private equity (PE). Since 2013, PE funds have invested more than $400 billion annually in tens of thousands of American companies, and in 2019, the global PE industry’s asset value grew to nearly $4 trillion.

How COVID-19 May Actually Increase Diversity and Inclusion for Many Companies

We know by this blog’s title and what is going on in the world that you might be questioning this entire post and idea. But work with us for a few minutes. Prior to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, which have sparked a response previously unseen regarding the issue of racism in America, we were dealing with a crippling pandemic. Most of us have been home for more than 15 weeks (and counting). Many of us have added new skills and roles like teacher, IT professional, tutor, daytime dog walker, and more.

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leader: Scaling Leadership in Real Time

At the very end of May, I had the opportunity to engage with a group of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) leaders from across the country. This regular community call is a chance for them to stay in conversation on what is shifting and changing for their work given the pandemic. My role was a simple one; it was to share some of my observations as a leadership development and change management expert.

Leveraging Culture and Leadership to Successfully Return to Business

Two key factors are greatly influencing pandemic responses and outcomes across the globe: culture and leadership style. As businesses begin to reopen and return to “normal” operations, it’s vital they understand the roles that culture and leadership play in doing so seamlessly and effectively.



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