COVID-19: Resources for Senior-level Executives

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Moving Forward With Virtual Recruitment Plus

By Howard Fischer Associates

Many business leaders are turning their attention to a post-coronavirus world and lessons learned. One of the lessons learned during the pandemic has been that the executive recruitment process can go on despite the limitations of social distancing. With greater reliance on video conferencing, and a few other techniques, companies can leverage a virtual process to complement an in-person process.

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What Executive Recruiters Will Look for in 2021: A conversation with JL Baker, CEO of GattiHR

Digital and remote decision making, for finding talent and doing business, was thrust upon us in 2020, but organizations have learned and are becoming more comfortable with the changes. To discuss what these changes will look like, for executives and for search firms, our Head of Learning, Tony Vlahos, met virtually with JL Baker, CEO of GattiHR, a talent solutions organization with an expertise in executive recruitment and Human Resources consulting.
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Should You Be Worried About the New COVID Strains?

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky

Once the US achieves herd immunity through mass vaccination by the end of 2021, these new strains won’t really matter. However, another aspect of these new strains should make you very worried indeed: they’re much more infectious. Unfortunately, the implications of their infectiousness have received little news coverage.

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Making Offers in COVID Environment: A Cautionary Tale

By Lucas Group

COVID-19 has led to an interesting phenomenon in which qualified candidate are more receptive to discussing new opportunities but are more hesitant to leave their current employer. Here are a few concepts to keep in mind when recruiting…

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Executive Search Strategies During a Period of Crisis

By WittKieffer

How do we identify and hire new leaders when the external environment is so tumultuous? One thing is clear: The rules of search have changed.

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How to Fight the Telecommuting Blues

By Korn Ferry

If you’re not careful, working remotely can actually feel like solitary confinement. Without the chatter and buzz of an office environment or any kind of fixed schedule, it may be hard to keep up your productivity and enjoy the opportunity to work from a place of your choosing.

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Don’t Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste

By Robert Paulson

If we pay close enough attention to what’s happening, we may realize there is a lot to learn and pay attention to. Leaders who are paying attention are learning that now is a unique time to learn about their business, their customers and their employees…and hopefully develop a renewed appreciation for all three.
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Keep Your Job Search Local, Except When…

With the country dealing with the COVID-19 situation, searching for a new job has become more complicated. The last thing you need to add to the mix is relocating. In a VIP-only session of ExecuNet Master Class, recruiter Jeff Hyman advised limiting a search to companies in one’s local geography. This is contrary to what search experts typically advise, but the virus has changed the game.
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How to Connect with People in a Virtual World

Whether it’s a phone call that didn’t go as planned or a miscommunication over email, or an embarrassing moment on Zoom, we don’t bother to think deeply about what went wrong, we just shrug it off and keep going. We rely on technology to help us connect more than ever, especially now, but we’re doing it badly.
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The Trap of Getting Back to Normal in the Pandemic

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky

To survive and thrive in this new abnormal, and avoid the trap of normalcy, leaders need to understand the parallels between what’s going on now, and what happened at the start of the pandemic.

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Be Strategic in Your Career Search

One of the things we do here at ExecuNet is help members who work with our coaches develop a Value Report. It is the strategic plan from which the member’s job search strategy is created based on his/her unique collection of circumstances, experiences, needs, wants, strengths and weaknesses.

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A Teary Time

By Korn Ferry

People have been crying at work forever, but by all accounts, the pandemic has created enormous stresses that have brought tears to everyone, from mayors to CEOs. On the plus side, the release of emotions has been gaining acceptance over time.

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8 HR Leaders Share the Crucial Management Insights They’ve Learned During COVID

By Laura Garnett

What does great leadership look like in times like this? I reached out to eight brilliant Chief People Officers and other HR leaders, who shared the top insights they’ve learned so far during the pandemic. My hope is that their lessons and guidance will help you lead your team through this unprecedented time.

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The Easiest and Hardest Interview Question to Answer

The interview is an elimination process. There are so many fewer positions available at the executive level that even things that are not meant to trap you can lead you out of contention. That’s why at this level, everything matters, and there are some questions that, while intended to be easy “get the ball rolling” questions, can actually sink your chances before you’ve “left the harbor.”

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Protecting Employees from COVID-19 through Connection

By Michael Stallard

The Centers for Disease Control just released guidelines for offices that include temperature and symptom checks; encouraging employees with symptoms or sick family members to stay home; prohibiting physical contact; wearing face coverings; physical distancing of work stations (or separation by plastic shields); and eliminating seating in common areas. Will people follow-through and do their part for the good of the whole?
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Why Does it Take a Crisis to Unlock Innovation?

Why is it that people and organizations accept incremental returns in business-normal circumstances but can unlock innovation at speed in a crisis? What is it about business normal that holds us back from achieving more? These are some of the questions that are addressed by award-winning technology, innovation and creativity executive, Domhnaill Hernon.
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What You Need to Know to Ace Your Next Video Interview

If you are in job search, and so many are because of the pandemic, you need to be good at video interviewing. In this excerpt from an ExecuNet Roundtable Q&A with some of our coaches, Maxine Dolle offers many suggestions for doing your best when you have your next video interview.

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Self-Care in Times of Crisis

By Amy Jen Su

As you navigate the COVID-19 crisis, carefully monitor your current “drain-to-feed” ratio. The range of moods and feeling goes on any given day across a wide range; you may be experiencing everything from anger, overwhelm, or concern to having periods of focus, productivity, and gratitude. The totality of the human experience comes front and center.

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Getting Ready for Tomorrow

A conversation with Tony Vlahos, ExecuNet’s Head of Brand and Learning

Tony shares his views on the role of culture, the importance of decisiveness and the power of choice for leaders in these strange times.
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Executive Job-hunting During the Corona Lockdown

ExecuNet’s Tony Vlahos appeared on the The Celeste Stein Show to talk about job search in the age of COVID-19. If you are even considering a search in the near future you will want to give this one a listen.
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Managing Chaos

By Traci Fisher

We all have a choice how we respond to this challenging time and all that comes with it. We have the opportunity to choose to be our best selves or not to be. What choice are you making?
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5 Tips for Pitching Investors Remotely in the Time of Coronavirus

By Rizwan Virk

Now that so many people are working from home, startup founders looking to raise money from investors will need to do so remotely. Putting your best foot forward remotely is more difficult.
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Senior-level Executive Outplacement: An Expert Q&A

For the senior-level people exiting their organizations, finding their next role is obviously of great personal importance. It’s vitally important for companies’ brand as employers to help outgoing top executives transition quickly and successfully into fulfilling new roles. ExecuNet has the answers.
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Critical Facts to Not Only Survive, but to Thrive!

Let’s start looking at the facts to help balance the fear because this helps us to stay calm and to think more clearly to create better energy within us which affects our lives in every way.

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When Crisis Strikes, Lead With Humanity

By Doug Sundheim

The writer George Saunders has a fitting analogy for the current COVID-19 moment: We’ve slipped on ice but have not hit the pavement yet. We’re caught in a suspended state between losing control and feeling the full impact. The comparison points to a paradoxical tension that leaders must manage: providing direction, guidance, and reassurance while acknowledging that the path ahead isn’t clear.
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The Senior Executive-level Job Interview: Proven Success Strategies Tactics

During this online, roundtable discussion, our expert panel of senior-level executive career strategists and coaches will walk you through the interview process, from pre-interview preparation to follow-up, and share strategies for succeeding at every step along the way – even in this COVID-19 environment.

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5 Simple Secrets to Conquer Loneliness

By Lisa Ryan

Quite a lot of people are feeling lonely right now, which is pretty interesting because most of them are living with multiple people, their closest family members, while in isolation. Fortunately, there are ways to become better company for yourself.
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How to Hold Onto Your Customers in a Crisis and for the Long-Term

By Robbie Kellman Baxter

Subscription-based businesses seem to be the most resilient during this time of crisis. With predictable recurring revenue, they have greater flexibility to withstand the storm. But there’s more to it than just revenue. To hang onto customers during a crisis, you need to build a forever transaction with the people you serve.
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8 Reasons to Buy a Franchise in These Tough Times

Many executives who have lost their jobs, or who fear layoffs or furloughs, are looking into buying their own franchise as an alternative to corporate life. This is a great way for corporate executives to maintain financial security and beat ageism, and all the while they are betting on themselves and building something they can leave for children.
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5 Tips for Preventing Schedule Overload in a Post-COVID Workplace

By Matt Martin

Coronavirus wreaked havoc on workers’ calendars our data showed workers became busier. We worked longer hours, and we saw our calendars get more chaotic after our employers started mandating that we work from home. But as we start trickling back into the office, will things necessarily calm down? It seems doubtful.
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Preparing for the Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic

A conversation with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky

While the country adapts to a different way of life in the wake of COVID-19, people are asking why the US wasn’t more prepared for the pandemic. To discuss this question and the dangers of being unprepared, Tony Vlahos, Host of ExecuNet Master Class spoke with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, an acclaimed disaster avoidance expert.
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The State of Executive Hiring in this Uncharted Time

ExecuNet coaches in a roundtable discussion with Master Class Host Tony Vlahos share their thoughts on how it’s going for executives in job search right now and what they should be doing to take advantage of opportunities that are available now and the ones that will exist down the road.

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Corona and the Challenge for Chief People Officers

A conversation with Paul Stefunek of GattiHR

When the financial crisis rocked the business world just over a decade ago, boardrooms turned to corporate finance chiefs for sound decisions. The current crisis presents a different challenge and highlights the role of another corporate function: the HR executive.
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Custom Outplacement Services for Senior-level Executives

As the virus continues, it’s clear there will be consequences for the economy, organizations and everyone’s personal security. As always, we are here to have a confidential conversation and to be your sounding board. If you are responsible for, or concerned about, the smooth departure of executives leaving your organization, we would welcome the opportunity to have a discussion regarding the outplacement services we provide.
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Keeping Things in Perspective

By Robert Paulson

Maybe we do not have it that bad…. It’s a mess out there now. Hard to discern between what is a real threat and what is just simple panic and hysteria. For a small amount of perspective at this moment, imagine you were born in 1900. On your 14th birthday, World War I starts and ends on your 18th birthday, 22 million people perish in that war. Later in the year, a Spanish Flu epidemic hits the planet and runs until your 20th birthday 50 million people die from it in those two years. Yes, 50 million. Wait! There’s More! Read More…


Overcoming the Challenges of Video Conferencing

By Dr. Nick Morgan

Video communication is not an accurate representation of you, your surroundings, or your state of mind. There are five main ways in which video misrepresents what other people are seeing and hearing of you on the screen. Know what you can do about them and you will communicate more effectively in this challenging medium.
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How to Network for a Job During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A conversation with ExecuNet Career Coach Harriette Lowenthal

What executives need to know when it comes to networking during COVID-19 pandemic. Harriette offers advice you can trust to make executives’ lives better and career goals more attainable during this challenging time.
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Unexpected Consequences of Social Distancing

By Lisa Ryan

Social distancing has nothing to do with eye contact, a reassuring greeting, and/or a warm wave of thanks. Now, maybe more than ever, we need to know we are not at all completely alone. When you think about it, this is the most important time to make eye contact, wave, and smile. People feel isolated enough as it is.
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How to Win the Coronavirus War

A conversation with Captain Jeff Morris

It is being called a “war like no other,” and America is looking for leaders to pilot us through this crisis we are all facing as a nation, and as a world community. As always, ExecuNet remains committed to connecting you with leaders who can guide you through the challenges.
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What Does a Successful Job Search Strategy Look Like Now?

What needs to part of a job search now that most of the country is on social distancing? Isn’t it harder to network? Will companies really be hiring? Everything has changed, and there are new opportunities for job seekers who know how to look. ExecuNet Master Class Host Tony Vlahos asked strategist Harriette Lowenthal to explain.

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Latest Economic and Financial Outlook in the COVID-19 Crisis

A conversation with Morgan Stanley Managing Director Dan Skelly

As always, ExecuNet remains committed to connecting you to the experts and leaders you need to help guide you through the challenges you are facing. A look at the the market impact of coronavirus.
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Surviving and Thriving in Quarantine: 3 Ways Businesses Can Turn Time into Opportunity

By Eric Nalbone

Grim as the picture may be today, millions of business owners around the country need to grapple not just with the challenge of what to do while their operations are closed, but how to prepare for what lies on the other side of this crisis when the world emerges from quarantine.
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Career Coaches Talking About Video Interviewing

In this glimpse into a job search master class session during the first part of the COVID-19 situation, ExecuNet coaches Harriette Lowenthal and Connie Bentley were asked to share their thoughts on how video interviewing is different than in-person interviewing, an especially important topic in the age of coronavirus.
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What Corona Could Mean for Your Relationships

A conversation with relationship reinvention expert Renée Piane

Busy executives,  in these crazy times, let’s learn “The Art of Balancing Life, Love, Family and Business” with Renée Piane: The Love Designer. She’s the award-winning author of Get Real about LOVE, and relationship reinvention expert who says the virus is bringing communities together and it can do the same for couples. Read More…

virtual-networkingKnockout Approaches to Virtual Networking!

By Michael Goldberg

We don’t think “online” when it comes to networking meetings. Webinars and business meetings, yes, but not meetings that are focused on developing relationships to exchange business. But clearly, its time has come. Read More…

Recruiting, Hiring and Leading During the Corona Crisis

A conversation with executive recruiter Jeff Hyman

Recruiter Jeff Hyman talks with Tony Vlahos about how the pandemic will impact the executive job market and business. He offers suggestions on where jobs will be and leadership tactics.
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Why Relational Connection is So Important During the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Michael Stallard

Our current situation—the simultaneous need to reduce physical distance and to increase social, or relational, connection and not see a further rise in loneliness—presents a challenge for us all. Ignoring the need for connection at this time is not an option. Read More…


“You’ve Got to Stay Calm”

A Q&A on Crisis Management with Former DDI President Bob Rogers

Having led through crises over his 25 years as president of DDI, Bob shared his insights on how executives should lead through this pandemic. He advised how a past crisis like 9/11 or the 2008 recession shaped legacies, and they offer lessons for how leaders can successfully navigate their companies through the pandemic.
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Should My Job Search Stop During Corona Pandemic?

A conversation with ExecuNet Career Coaches Harriette Lowenthal and Connie Bentley

Executives who were in job search before the pandemic are asking us if they should put their search on hold until the crisis settles. The coaches, strategists, and recruiters in our network say to keep looking.
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How to Be Positive in Challenging Times

A conversation with Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, CEO and Founder of the Flourishing Center

Because of the coronavirus outbreak, it’s natural to worry about your wellbeing and safety, the people you lead and the ones you love. There’s no one in the world more capable than Emiliya of showing you how to stay positive, remain purposeful and productive, and not let anxiety get the best of you. Read More…


A Few Thoughts for Leaders and Managers

By Patrick Lencioni

In this unprecedented and uncertain time, many leaders and managers are wondering what they can do to help the people in their charge. To a certain extent, this will depend on the situation.
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How to Increase Your Executive Presence on Video

By Maxine Dolle

More interactions are taking place via video, as are an increasing number of job interviews. Now is the time to consider how to enhance your executive presence in this medium. 
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13 Must-Do’s to Defy Coronavirus Isolation

By Lisa Ryan

Coronavirus has taken over our lives. Remember, broadcasters are churning up fear in order to fill their 24-hour news day to sell ad space. That’s their job. Your job is to remain strong and calm with solid information. He are some tips not to lose yourself in the fear. Read More…


The One Huge Mistake Leaders Make in Preparing for the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky

Our brain’s main way of dealing with threats is the fight-or-flight response – a great fit for the short-term risks we faced long-ago but terrible for defending us from modern threats, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More…


An Important Message from ExecuNet CEO and Founder Dave Opton

In these unique and challenging times, it would be an understatement to say we are all faced with new challenges. What I do know is we will get through this, exactly when remains to be determined, but while we work through this global crisis, ExecuNet can help you be ready for your career challenges once we reach the end of this crisis.
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5 Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence Practices for Difficult Times

By The Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute

You may be struggling with what’s going on in our world and have more questions than answers. All of this is perfectly natural, given the magnitude of suffering we are witnessing around the globe. Here are five practices to try in the midst of difficult times. Read More…


How to Be a True Leader During the Coronavirus Outbreak

A conversation with DDI CEO, Tacy Byham, Ph.D.

ExecuNet’s Tony Vlahos asked DDI’s CEO Tacy Byham to share some leadership practices that would help executives  respond effectively to this crisis.

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How to Ace Your Video Job Interview

A conversation with communications coach Maxine Dolle

In the age of coronavirus it’s likely your next interview will be on video. This brings different ways to shine, or crash. There are things you’d never think of that suddenly matter when it’s a video interview.
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Help Fight the War for Jobs

By Patrick Lencioni

I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that there is a war going on, but most people think it is only a medical war being fought by the brave men and women in hospitals, health care facilities and laboratories.
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Is “Work from Home” Trickier Than it Appears as Businesses Brace for Coronavirus Contingency Plans?

By Gautam Goswami

Working from home has been a growing trend; with COVID-19, it may become a requirement. How the coronavirus could alter the culture of work for years to come. Read More…


Leading Through Uncertainty

By Erica Smith

While COVID-19 is new and unknowable… this may well be a good time to take stock. As leaders, we have responsibilities to many stakeholders and want to make the right decisions for them. But maybe it’s about questions more than it’s about answers. 
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