Your Post-Crisis Board Evaluation

Boards of directors and management teams have been facing unprecedented challenges this year. First, they are navigating the global pandemic and economic crisis and its aftermath. COVID-19 has forced companies to quickly adapt and alter the way they go to market and serve their customers. Supply chains have been disrupted, customer interfaces have shifted, and consumer preferences and habits have changed as well.

Your Post-Crisis Board Evaluation

The Corporate Board has published an article authored by RHR International's Jeff Kirschner, Deborah Rubin, and Paul Winum entitled, "Your Post-Crisis Board Evaluation."

The crises and social challenges facing corporations in 2020 have been more than just existential threats. They have also been an invaluable education for managers and boards from experience—the world’s toughest but most instructive teacher. Wise boards will take this opportunity to reshape their board evaluation procedures and questions to gain value from the lessons learned in battling and coming back from crisis.

Read the article.

Human Capital Investment Conference

Dan Russell, Partner and Operations Lead of RHR’s Executive Bench® practice, will be leading a breakout session at the Human Capital Investment Conference for the National Center Healthcare Leadership. Each breakout session has been designed to invoke thought and discussions on key focus areas within healthcare. Dan will be leading, "Developing Leadership in a Virtual Workforce" which will focus on continuing to develop your leaders, despite the barriers of a virtual workforce.

Are You Evolving or Becoming Endangered?

From Myspace to Kodak to Blockbuster to taxi cabs, management textbooks are littered with examples of businesses that were blindsided by emerging trends. In many cases, they went from endangered to extinct in the blink of an eye. On the other end of the spectrum are companies that were able to anticipate a seismic shift on the horizon and evolve to capitalize on an industry-leading position.

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.

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