By Gareth Streeter, Fourteen Forty
Writers of “2021 predictions” lists have indulged the temptation to be both dramatic and definitive. And they all follow one clear narrative. Covid will depart. It will leave behind it a world that is forever changed.
But does the available evidence bear this out? Or have some of our would-be futurologists over-egged the pudding?
Read More “Five 2021 predictions to ignore (or at least take with a pinch of salt)”
How should business prepare for 2021?
The vaccine is enabling politicians, business and the public to contemplate a return to normal. But, as the Chancellor says, “the economic emergency is just beginning”.
So, how can businesses and brands adapt to and benefit from the changes in consumer behaviour? What should they do to prepare their people and their workplaces for the return? How can we tackle late payments for good?
We hope you enjoy this edition of Weak Links and we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
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By Alex Smith, managing director of The Story
“Everyone needs to eat, so we’ll be fine” – words we have often repeated to comfort ourselves in the dark moments of this year’s crisis while running our small food and drink agency.
Read More “2021 on a plate – what comes next?”
By Katie Simpson, managing director, corporate affairs and financial, of global recruitment firm Hanson Search
There has been much discussion about how the business world, will change following Covid. There is a wide consensus that when we return to normal, we, well…won’t. In short, there is now effectively no normal to return to.
Read More “The return to the office”
How should business rebuild post Cover-19?
The first anniversary of Covid-19 in the UK is drawing close. Businesses have done what they can to survive and now must plan how to bounce back.
But how should firms communicate around these challenges? Is remote working here to stay? How should responsible firms behave?
Read More “Weak Links #9: time to bounce back”
By Sandra Macleod, Group CEO, Echo Research and Britain’s Most Admired Companies
COVID-19 forced itself on an unsuspecting world with tragic consequences. As global leaders in research on reputation and the drivers of behaviour, we sought to assess the pandemic’s impact on trust and reputation among business leaders and the general public.
Read More “Behaving your way to a more responsible corporate culture”
By Sam Dumitriu, research director, The Entrepreneurs Network
Is remote work a temporary adaptation or will it become the ‘new normal’?
In a recent report, Dr Matt Clancy, an economist specialising in innovation at Iowa State University, argues convincingly that it will be the latter.
Read More “Is remote work the new normal?”
By Paul Farrow, consultant and coach, Benjamin Ball Associates
What does the reverse back to lockdown mean for marketing and communications? And what does it mean for your business messages?
Read More “Rethinking your business messages? Start here”
Every recovery starts with a single step
Time to start rebuilding
Until now, many businesses have focused on survival in the face of the unknown. But the time has come to start rebuilding and looking to a better future.
Read More “Weak Links #8: now for the recovery”
By Rebecca Walker, executive coach
Stop seeking the answers and start asking the right questions
As eyes cautiously turn towards a new working normality, many of us are experiencing an inflection point in our working lives. Work’s demanding something different from us all. Everything we know is being challenged and we’re making decisions at an accelerated pace that could have long-lasting implications.
Read More “Leading through uncertainty”