Consumption of steak may decline and become an infrequent luxury, compared to now, as meat companies are pressured to reduce methane emissions to help the environment, contends Danish Crown CEO Jais Valeur. Danish Crown is working with Science Based Targets to make changes to its current climate targets.
Framing seemingly negative events as a positive force -- for example, failure becoming an opportunity to learn -- entrepreneurs can shape the way others perceive them, writes The Next Web founder Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten. "I know it isn't easy to change our nature, but you do have a choice in how you walk into a meeting, approach a new employee, or present yourself to the world," Veldhuijzen van Zanten writes.
Why it matters: You've probably heard of the 'Great Resignation' that is in the process of reshaping the workforce, but have you heard about the 'Great Realization'?
Many experienced managers are finding they want to relinquish their supervisory duties and become individual contributors -- while remaining at their current employer. This excellent article outlines why managers are making such a move and how it can be accomplished in a smart and productive way.
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The pandemic has nearly everyone reevaluating what they want from their career, with growth a priority even if a straightforward promotion isn't available, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. She offers four questions that can help leaders understand what employees want, such as "What feelings would you like to experience more during your daily work?"
Leaders can't control their legacy, but what they do in life will determine what stories are told about them, writes Wally Bock, who talks about important people in his life. "Every day you have hundreds of opportunities to be legendary, but you rarely know in advance which ones will be remembered," he writes.
Strong brand purpose statements illustrate the value for customers and also must align with company strategy, purpose and growth, write Darden business school professor Kimberly Whitler and Hershey brand manager Mark Pohl. "That means it has to be designed in a way that is better and different from the competition and creates real, meaningful value for consumers," they write.
Executives who say they need offices and pre-pandemic work structures to spark innovation are actually doing the opposite: "[W]hat they're fighting for is protecting the status quo in terms of their status and control, instead of championing creative and innovative thinking by being open to the possibility of 'what if,' " writes Tanveer Naseer. Listening to what employees are seeing, what they want, what motivates them is a better path to fostering innovation in multiple ways, Naseer argues.
Psychological safety for employees should be seen as a resource for "experimentation, risk-taking, and vulnerability" instead of an end state that prioritizes "being nice" and stifles dissent and honesty, writes Ed Batista. Leaders must be clear about what "safety" means and leave room for emotional responses while also encouraging emotion regulation.
Writing regularly in a journal -- whether the format is stream of consciousness, gratitude or a diary -- can help you identify your dominant emotions so you can recognize and solve lurking issues, writes Gemma Hart. She offers 17 journaling prompts, including writing a letter to your younger self and making lists of worries and desires.
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