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8/14/2020

The Supreme Court has refused a Republican bid to block a decision from Rhode Island officials that eliminated the requirement for witness signatures on absentee ballots. This contradicted other SCOTUS decisions where the justices ruled for Republicans in reversing pandemic-based absentee ballot measures, indicating the justices may be willing to let state officials have the final say.

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8/14/2020

Why it matters: FWIW, the headline on this story had me LMFAO. IMHO, acronyms are not only fast ways of conveying information, but also fun. TBH, my FOMO means I enjoy the challenge of trying to decipher what new acronyms mean (before Googling them if I am stumped). IDK, maybe I'm crazy. LMK what you think.

8/14/2020

Erin's photo yesterday of the bee decorations she discovered while walking around her neighborhood reminded me of this little critter I happened upon while hiking my local trail last week.

That "stuff" mighta been Great Stuff: Speaking of Erin's photo, thanks to all the WYWW readers who submitted ideas for what that orange "stuff" is. The two most popular ideas were a fire resistant expanding foam known as "Great Stuff" and the more naturally occurring Myxomycete (aka slime mold). The jury is still out, but I'm going with "Great Stuff."

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8/14/2020

Don't be complacent about videoconferencing, making sure you're taking advantage of features such as chat, polling and whiteboards, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. Something as simple as a tutorial on how to share screens effectively can help everyone on the team, she writes.

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SmartBrief/Leadership
8/14/2020

There are multiple levels to self-awareness, one being able to ask in the moment how you feel and what you're thinking, and another being able to analyze and learn from mistakes, writes David Nielson. "True self-reflection is sometimes hard when we see we may not be showing up as the person we wish to be," he writes.

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Tanveer Naseer
8/14/2020

Work days are longer, with more meetings and more internal emails, since the coronavirus pandemic took hold, according to research that tracked data for two months before and after lockdowns. The researchers say it's too early to draw conclusions, as the data could reflect increased flexibility or could "be a consequence of a blurred distinction between work and personal life."

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World Economic Forum
8/14/2020

The International Committee of the Red Cross succeeds when it lives its values of purpose, neutrality, diversity and geopolitical savvy, says President Peter Maurer. One potential downside of purpose-driven organizations is staying efficient, as people "who work here have a solid opinion on almost everything," he says.

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Real Leaders
8/14/2020

Randy Conley of the Ken Blanchard Cos. walks through how to have better conversations that don't devolve into some people trying to dominate and others shutting down. "It's the process of asking as many questions as necessary to get the other person's view into the pool of information being considered," he writes.

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Lead Change
8/14/2020

Create a vacation state of mind without traveling by breaking up your days off, turning off social media, creating an in-home spa experience or exploring nature, according to this roundup of advice. "I've begun taking early morning walks in nature, and I'm planning to do longer hikes over some beautiful long weekends," says author and speaker Deb Rosman.

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Thrive Global
8/14/2020

Dana Canedy, senior vice president and publisher of Simon & Schuster, says she doesn't feel pressure as a Black executive, but instead focuses her time promoting diverse voices. "For the most part, I spend my days thinking about other things: What are the things I need to accomplish today; who do I need to support; what can I champion?" she says.