The New Normal: Overcoming Post-Pandemic Challenges to Survival and Growth
Even as we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, a number of new problems are just around the bend. Will you be able to retain your top talent from joining the great resignation? Do you have enough employees to run your business? What will the issues and delays with the global supply chain do to your customers; will they look elsewhere? If that's not enough, you still need to figure out remote work.
At EIX and familybusiness.org many of our best-read articles in 2020 and 2021 gave advice on managing through the pandemic. As we appear to emerge from it in late 2021 – albeit with fluctuating rules in place for masking and vaccinations – the landscape for startups, small businesses and family firms has changed. To meet the new challenges of the post-pandemic world, adaptability and creativity in spotting opportunities are as important as they were when we were in the throes of the crisis.
To help you navigate, here are links to EIX and familybusiness.org articles that are more relevant than ever.
Frequent, sudden and systemic disruptions are sure to come, even after the current crisis is over. Companies need stress-tested solutions and strategies.
Small companies must act now to build the capabilities that help them survive a future of unstable weather, woke consumers, political turmoil and technology disruption.
Emerging from the pandemic gives small business owners a clean slate upon which to reinvent their companies. Here are things to think about.
This article from familybusiness.org has tremendously useful advice for non-family businesses and startups too.
The pandemic’s disruptions to society and the economy have catalyzed some of the most pervasive and creative business model reinventions in recent memory. Smart businesses will identify the innovations worth keeping and make them better.
We’ve known for some time it pays to be resilient during a crisis, but is this enough? Here’s how entrepreneurs and managers can build on the resilience forged in the pandemic to achieve resurgent growth when it ends.
No longer able to go to meetings, conferences, events, or informal meetings, it’s harder for entrepreneurs to build new relationships and maintain their existing ones.
The pandemic was harder on women, who shouldered a disproportionate amount of family and home duties. It’s time to re-establish some boundaries, say these European consultants.
Research has shown that in response to national security, public health and social issues, public-private partnerships may define grand challenges that can actually serve as "triggers" for the emergence of new industries.
Everybody has discovered Zoom as a way to work, learn and keep in touch with friends and loved ones. We can learn much from how founder Eric Yuan built his business, which positioned Zoom to grow exponentially when the pandemic struck.
Remote work is here to stay. While it was published in the throes of the pandemic, the advice in this article about helping people work productively and stay connected still resonates.
Beyond being a powerful way to connect with others, gratitude is also a powerful leadership strategy.