14 Jan CRISIS LEADERSHIP AT ITS FINEST; NEW YEAR, NEW BOSS; THE PODCAST CLUB
Welcome to 2021. We’re kicking off a new year of regular business and media intelligence updates, selected by the Cannings Team over the past week. Or in this case, over the past two or so weeks – there has been so much useful and compelling material out there during the break, we have decided to turn into a bumper edition.
CRISIS LEADERSHIP THE FRESH FOOD PEOPLE WAY
- Regular and authentic communication through social media channels and direct emails were the key factors that helped Woolworths chief executive Brad Banducci lead through the pandemic. If there’s one thing he learnt, it’s that authenticity is key. Read more about his approach to crisis communications and leadership here.
MORE FROM SUPERMARKET GIANTS: PERFORMING UNDER PRESSURE
- Unlike much of the wider retail sector, Coles Group increased its online capacity and grew sales during COVID-19. Chair James Graham shared the company’s strategies for performing under pressure, including dramatically increasing the frequency of board meetings due to the ever-evolving situation. He shared his tips with the Institute of Company Directors here.
NEW YEAR, NEW BOSS
- As the conditions under which the boss operates have shifted – fewer managers, more reports, less administrative work – a new model is emerging. According to The Wall Street Journal, this new boss has a focus on being a mentor, not a dictator, and will increasingly focus on coaching employees and providing emotional support. Read more on your next boss here.
MIND YOUR LANGUAGE
- According to The Australian’s widely-respected political columnist Niki Savva, many journalists and politicians need a lesson in language. For example, there is the persistent misuse of “disinterested” to describe people who are really “uninterested”. The first means impartial, the other that you couldn’t care less which one is used. Reporters should at least know the difference. And then there’s punctuation, but that’s a whole other story… Read her tips here.
THE PODCAST CLUB
- If you are anything like the Cannings Team, you most likely love a good podcast. Problem is there are so many of them nowadays. Even we have a podcast. So, we were pleased when the AFR shared a list of podcast recommendations from top CEOs. Take your pick!
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