Coronavirus: Leadership and Recovery

by Mike Hunter

Lead through the crisis and prepare for recovery. As the COVID-19 pandemic is exacting its toll on the global economy, forward-looking organizations are moving past crisis management and positioning themselves to leap ahead when the worst is over. What should organizations be doing now to address today’s unprecedented challenges while laying the foundation needed to emerge … [More]

Armored Leadership vs Daring Leadership

by Eileen Rogers

Leadership is about risk. For me, it began when I took a giant first step into the business ownership arena, full of hopes and dreams with no real idea what I was actually in for. How I faced the risks and challenges in the arena was what mattered. Getting up when I fell, dusting myself off and taking what I learned right back into the arena the following day. Dr. Brené … [More]

Leading Remotely – Five Ways to Overcome the Loneliness of Leadership

by Melanie Parish

Being a leader is lonely work, none more so than now. As an executive coach, I hear it from leaders often. They say, “I was doing a good job as an individual contributor, but now I’m not sure what I should be doing after my promotion. I feel really alone.” They find themselves in a leadership role, running a remote company, isolated from their team, without much guidance and … [More]

Afraid to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone? Then You Can’t Lead in the Age of COVID.

by Jim White, Ph.D.

COVID-19 has disrupted the business world, and the “normal” of a few months ago may never return. In this new landscape, how business leaders process and react to new challenges will be crucial. Using critical thinking skills to make sound business decisions in a complicated, constantly changing world has never been more important, says Dr. Jim White, founder and president … [More]

Business Will Need a Hand

by Todd Sanders

As a chamber of commerce with a broad and diverse membership base, we’ve seen the full range of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the Greater Phoenix region’s businesses, nonprofits and community-based organizations. For us, we’ve completely shifted our operations from emphasizing connections at events and programs to virtual offerings that still serve our members while … [More]

Connection in the Workplace: It’s Worth the Risk

by Eileen Rogers

“Leaders must either invest in a reasonable amount of time attending to fears and feelings or squander an unreasonable amount of time trying to manage ineffective and unproductive behavior.” —Brené Brown Whether it’s private sector or nonprofit, in communities, schools or government, we are hungry for courageous, empathetic leaders. We want to show up, learn and be inspired by … [More]

Lectric eBike Founders Pedal Their Way through Challenges

by Kassidy McDonald

Lectric eBikes founders Levi Conlow and Robby Deziel, both 24, met in in middle school playing video games. Fast forward 12 years: Their electric bike company is barely a year old and already has more than 12,000 purchases, earning’s Top Choice Award for Best Folding Electric Fat Tire Bike of 2020. The company is expected to hit more than $13 million … [More]

Three Tips for Transforming a Company and Surviving an Uncertain Time

by Edwin Bosso

The COVID-19 pandemic stopped the business world in its tracks. As companies slowly open again, change is imminent for many. But “change” in this new normal could be insufficient for business survival. Transformation — the execution of several integrated change initiatives — goes further. The goal with a transformation is to make changes to processes, people and systems that … [More]

‘How Do I Let Good People Go at a Time like This?’

by Deb Boelkes

No leader wants to let an employee go. Unfortunately, in these harsh and uncertain economic times, more and more of us find ourselves having to deliver some very bad news. Without question, it's one of the most painful parts of being a leader. But business leaders can let people go without abandoning them emotionally — and, as the pandemic sets in for who knows how long, it's a … [More]

Work-Life Balance: An Impossible Dream?

by Sue Hawkes

I’ve asked quite a number of leaders whether there is such a thing as work-life balance. Almost everyone says “no” without hesitation. They agree there are times we’re present, we’re grounded, we’re in sync with what matters, and we’re in the zone — feeling all the joyous personal and professional satisfaction we’re looking for. Yet, it’s as though the second we become aware of … [More]