Some aspects of decision-making, such as public scrutiny, uncertainty and unknown consequences, can make the task feel like "swallowing porcupines," writes Dan Rockwell. "Reflect on the responsibility you create for yourself with the decisions you currently make," he writes.
Companies can stay ahead of the pandemic-induced rate of change by reevaluating their talent strategy, real estate and productivity measurement, writes Mike Lorelli, a former PepsiCo president. "The key question now, for both boards and management teams: Have you thought through how all this workplace change can create long-term opportunity, rather than just be a short-term response to crisis?" Lorelli writes.
Myths and archetypes hold powerful lessons for leaders today, even as we must be careful in interpreting tales that are far removed -- and often altered -- from their long-ago origins, writes Barry Goldberg. "When a trained coach can help a client see the pattern, there is leverage in the coaching conversation as powerful as the original stories were to those who told them," Goldberg writes.
Every successful negotiation should have an agreeable outcome, a satisfying process, positive relationships and a deal that will stand the test of time, writes Marc Modica, a lecturer at the Darden School of Business. "Negotiation is an opportunity and art, and it's teachable," he writes.
Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO of WarnerMedia's Studios and Networks Group, stays motivated by trying to make a difference and challenging herself to grow. "When somebody's allowing me to do that instead of just looking to see what I've done in the past and repeating that, that's when I'm happiest," she says.
David Zinn uses chalk to create seemingly 3D images on the sidewalks of Ann Arbor, Mich., of whimsical animals such as flying pigs and a rabbit wearing a tutu made from a plant growing out of a sidewalk crack. Many of those images are displayed in this article and his Instagram.
Scarlett Johansson's lawsuit against Disney over the same-day release of "Black Widow" in theaters and Disney+ will be a test case for Hollywood contracts, as Johansson must avoid a move to arbitration and also show that the phrase "theatrical release" was synonymous with the film's exclusive debut in theaters. Johansson's case is legally vulnerable, hence the move to go public and potentially force Disney to settle, Eriq Gardner writes.
The gaming industry is changing fast as subscription services are growing and being used on more platforms, challenging game developers and distributors as the funding model changes, Nick Statt writes. "Devs being paid based on playtime is the true horror of the subscription-based future -- it's the death of creativity, of shorter experiences," gaming news curator Ryan Brown said about a proposed payment model that would compensate developers based on how frequently players sign into a game.
The CDC's pandemic-related eviction moratorium has expired after the Biden administration declined to extend the ban, citing a US Supreme Court ruling amid calls from House Democratic leadership to keep the moratorium in place. Housing advocates are expressing concern that millions of renters could now face eviction, and the distribution of federal rent aid amid the pandemic has been sluggish.
Why it matters: Since last Friday's list from Rolling Stone of the Top 100 music videos in history was the most popular story of the week in WYWW, why not battle a case of the (Manic) Mondays with this story that celebrates the 40th anniversary of the day "Video Killed The Radio Star."
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