Available for Interviews: Nell Derick Debevoise
Nell Derick Debevoise is the Founder & CEO of Inspiring Capital and the author of the new book, Going First: Find the Courage to Lead Purposefully and Inspire Action is available on Amazon.
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Workplace Wins as a Result of Covid:
- The primary win of Covid is that it made work human again. This universal, deadly, and highly contagious threat to our very survival reminded us that we are all the same in our humanity, and even the most urgent business priorities cannot come before our wellbeing.
- One specific result is the increased appreciation for the necessity of taking care of ourselves, particularly with regard to mental health. Accenture showed a shift, from 35% to 50% of executives who believe the company is responsible for employees’ overall wellbeing from pre- to post-Covid. However, 78% of employees hold this expectation (up from 67% pre-Covid), so a gap remains. Companies that close this gap and invest in meeting employees’ expectations will win the war for talent.
- Experiencing the shared threat of Covid and the experience of quarantine brought back those important personal conversations to the workplace. Even with the distance of video calls, we were asking each other how we were doing, and really listening. This should continue, at least if you’re serious about building trusting and inclusive teams.
- Remote work, combined with homeschooling and other personal responsibilities has forced the issue of flexibility of time and place. Most importantly, it has proven our ability to work effectively— better in some ways, and with some remaining challenges—from anywhere, at different times. Jamie Dimon is in the minority of pushing for a ‘simple’ and complete return to the office. That is not the way of successful companies of this decade—flexibility is here to stay.
- Finally, we came to a belated appreciation of front line workers. The people who save our lives, deliver food, sell daily essentials, keep our supply chains working had been invisible for too long as the human cogs in our economy. We have seen how critical those roles are and started the work of behaving as such. There is a lot more to be done in making their work truly dignified, in social, economic, and health terms.
- It’s been said before, but our mandate is to Build Back Better, not revert to 2019 norms.
Interview: Nell Derick Debevoise
Nell Derick Debevoise is the Founder & CEO of Inspiring Capital and helps purpose-driven leaders expand their impact, grow their businesses, and build legacies—partnering with leaders and companies that are good for the people and the planet around them. Her approach is informed by her experience living and working on 4 continents; studying at Harvard, Cambridge, Columbia, and London Business Schools; and in working with CEOs, and other people-leaders of American Express, Cisco, Google, and hyper-growth startups in the health, consumer, and fintech sectors. She’s a Senior Contributor to Forbes, and her first book, Going First: Find the Courage to Lead Purposefully and Inspire Action is available on Amazon.
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