CHROs Share Recent Lessons in Dealing with a Broader Set of Societal Challenges

RHR has continued to connect with chief human resources officers in virtual roundtables as they navigate through the challenges of the pandemic and the resulting impact on organizations and the economy. CHROs from various industries including retail, food manufacturing, luxury consumer goods, technology, and energy have participated in these roundtables. This current round of discussions revealed that in addition to the practical issues of dealing with uncertainty and the way forward, CHROs are now facing a broader set of challenging societal questions.

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. 

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leader – Scaling Leadership in Real-Time – Part 2

The previous blog post in this series was intended to set the stage regarding the drivers that have accelerated the need for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) leaders to grow their leadership capacity. This series offers DEI leaders a mental model to assess their strengths and gaps. In addition, we believe CEOs and CHROs in search of their organization’s first DEI leader can use RHR’s Readiness for Scale℠ assessment model as a guide.

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.

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.

COVID-19 AND LEADERSHIP AROUND THE WORLD 

Is now the time for a new story?

Some years ago, when virtual teaming was a fad rather than a necessity, I happened to come across a doctoral thesis on virtual teams. After three years of sweat and toil, the erstwhile student had summed up their work with the phrase “distance amplifies dysfunction”. My immediate reaction was that it seemed a blindingly obvious conclusion; however, as we now move into an uncertain but hopefully post-COVID world, "distance amplifies dysfunction" keeps bubbling back into my consciousness.

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