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Antidote to Uncertainty? Manage The 4 Time Traps (Article)

By Harry Kraemer Jr. and Sandy Ogg The significant uncertainty and chaos created by COVID-19 have dramatically impacted the global economy. Even before the virus hit, CEOs were more pessimistic and less confident about the future revenues of their companies than even a mere two years ago. We believe the wisest business response involves anticipating what will be valued tomorrow—and

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How Self-Reflection Can Make You a Better Leader (Article)

Harry shares a timely update on his article on self-reflection in KelloggInsight: Your company’s new product launch is on hold indefinitely. Your entire team is under shelter-in-place orders. And your own makeshift “home office” resembles a second-grade science experiment run amok. As you frantically react to the global COVID-19 pandemic, are you in the mood to reflect on your larger

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Airbnb is facing an unprecedented threat from the coronavirus (Article)

Troy Wolverton of Business Insider interviewed Harry for a recent article about Airbnb: “If I was the CEO, I’d look at [Airbnb’s board] and say, ‘Hey, I’ve got a good, diverse group of people that have been through the ringer. They’ve had a lot of experiences in the past,’” said Harry Kraemer, clinical professor of leadership at Northwestern University’s Kellogg

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Congress: Fund The PPP For Small Businesses! Big Corporations— Hands Off… For Your Own Good (Article)

In this article for Forbes, Harry’s Kellogg colleague and friend Robert Wolcott writes about the imperative for corporations to “do the right thing” when deciding how to respond to the US government’s Paycheck Protection Program: “While Congress quarrels about additional funding for the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), many small business owners face catastrophic decisions. In this context, everyone’s asking, “what

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How To Build Your Leadership Resiliency! (Article)

In this article in Forbes, John Baldoni, an internationally recognized executive coach, keynote speaker and author, writes: “Resiliency is nurtured through a deep sense of self-awareness. Harry Kraemer, former CEO of Baxter, Inc and professor of leadership at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, advises being kind to yourself. ‘You’re going to do the right thing, and you’re going to do

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Two Principles for Leading Your Organization Through the COVID-19 Crisis (Article)

Business leaders are in the midst of a global crisis. The challenges facing organizations, employees, and communities are unprecedented, the stakes are high, and certainty is nowhere to be found. Under such staggering circumstances, it is only natural for leaders to feel unprepared to lead capably, nimbly, and honorably. “You’re feeling worry, fear, anxiety, pressure, and stress. And these feelings

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Retraining and fluidity are vital to assuring workers’ employability (Article)

“The free-market system has always overcome tech-driven economic disruptions and job losses,” writes Harry in a recent article in Crain’s Chicago Business. “Much has been written and discussed that as a result of constantly expanding technology—including the introduction of driverless cars and 100 percent robotic factories—millions of jobs will be eliminated in the next several years, and the unemployment rate

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Adam Neumann’s fall shows how going public can crush a startup CEO (Article)

“WeWork founder Adam Neumann’s loss of control of the company shows what happens when a leader lacks self-awareness and few around him are willing to speak the truth,” writes Harry in his latest piece for Business Insider. “Instead of leading his company into one of the most anticipated initial public offerings (IPO) of the year, Neumann has been demoted to

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