The Best of This Week

The week’s must-reads for managing in the digital age, curated by the MIT SMR editors.

Reading Time: 2 min 

Topics

Weekly Recap

The Best of This Week is a roundup of essential articles for managers in the digital age, including content from MIT Sloan Management Review and other publications around the globe, curated by MIT SMR editors.
See All Articles in This Series
Like what you're reading?
Join our community
Member
Free

5 Free Articles per month, $6.95/article thereafter. Free newsletter.

Subscribe
$89 $44/Year

Unlimited digital content, quaterly magazine, free newsletter, entire archive.

Sign me up

Rebuilding Consumer Confidence in the COVID-19 Era

The coronavirus pandemic has clobbered consumer confidence, creating both challenges and opportunities for businesses and brand owners, who must now identify meaningful confidence-building experiences. The consumer experience is critical, and a successful brand provides value across every interaction. For brand owners to truly grasp the human impact of COVID-19 on the people they serve, they must strengthen their human insight to understand people more deeply than ever.

Trust Is an Asset, Especially When Delivering Bad News

When leaders invest in building a trusted relationship with their employees, it makes it easier for employees to accept tough workforce decisions — even layoffs. Delivered carefully, even the toughest messages from leaders can reinforce perceptions of honesty, concern, and competence, despite communicating bad news.
 

Breaking Down Silos With Better Communication

Technology silos can wreak havoc on strategic priorities and trigger a cascade of effects throughout an organization. When leaders focus on better communication — with special attention to difficult conversations — organizations can improve collaboration and unlock creative solutions to business problems.

How to Support Employees With Unexpected Work Arrangements

The pandemic has many of us handling work, school, and family matters all from one place: home. How are these new work-family arrangements affecting employees, and how can organizations best support their people? Stanford University’s Shelley Correll discusses what employers need to understand at this moment, explores emerging issues of equity and inclusion when “Zoom time” replaces “face time,” and considers how to fairly evaluate performance during a crisis.

What Else We’re Reading This Week:

Quote of the Week:

“From Renaissance Florence, to Victorian Birmingham, to early 20th-century Detroit, to contemporary Seattle, cities have been key facilitators of knowledge transmission and catalysts for innovation. However, the kinds of random interactions that foster innovation are less likely to happen at a time when social distancing has become the new normal.”

— Carl Benedikt Frey, in “The Great Innovation Deceleration”

Topics

Weekly Recap

The Best of This Week is a roundup of essential articles for managers in the digital age, including content from MIT Sloan Management Review and other publications around the globe, curated by MIT SMR editors.
See All Articles in This Series

More Like This

Add a comment

You must to post a comment.

First time here? Sign up for a free account: Comment on articles and get access to many more articles.