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1. the power of moving quickly and easily; nimbleness.
2. the ability to think and draw conclusions quickly; intellectual acuity.
As a meetings professional, you've likely practiced agility in one form or another throughout your career. Whether it was a speaker cancellation, inclement weather – or maybe even planning a virtual event as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – you've had to remain flexible and navigate the problem to form a solution. In this Education Essentials, you'll learn how to embrace change management, lead through crisis, take your career to the next level and more.
FICP asked its meetings professional members and hospitality partners for their book, podcast and e-newsletter recommendations. Check out the infographic below to see what they shared. Do you have any recommendations to contribute? Post them to this discussion thread in TheNetwork, and see what other titles your peers are reading, listening to and watching.
Conversations About COVID-19: What Our Brains Need for Virtual Events
If you plan to pursue a virtual event, ensure it is designed with your attendees in mind. In this video, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) talks with Faculty Director of Madison Area Technical College, Janet Sperstad, CMP about what our brains need for virtual events and how you can plan your virtual events with those considerations in mind.
For even more on virtual events, check out this discussion thread on TheNetwork and see how your peers are managing their virtual experiences.
Learning Fast: Why an Agile Learning Mindset Is Essential in a Post-Pandemic World
For more than a decade, we have talked about accelerated change. More than any other factor, the pace of change in technology, the economy and society are reshaping the future of work. In order to operate in an accelerating world that demands continual adaptation, we need a mindset outfitted to navigate change. That agile learning mindset contains four components: agency, agility, adaptability and awareness. Read more in this blog post, excerpted from The Adaptation Advantage: Let Go, Learn Fast and Thrive in the Future of Work, by Heather E. McGowan and Chris Shipley.
Career Development: Staying Agile
In an environment where every day seems to bring more bad news, meetings professionals and hospitality partners alike are focused on demonstrating new ways they can add value to their organization or clients and pivot through innovation. In this blog post, Amanda Brennan, CMP shares new ideas and strategies to take the next step in your career during this difficult time. Her three key takeaways include:
- Mentors, sponsors and leadership can play key supporting roles in your advancement, but you have to take responsibility for your career path.
- Continuing education and seeking challenges is crucial to staying relevant in your field, and gaining new experiences that will help you move into “stretch roles.”
- Find ways to drive results for your organization, impact people and make career decisions with purpose.
FICP Short: Agility and Leadership
Watch the FICP Short below as Stacey McKibbin shares three reasons why agility is a critical aspect of leadership and management.
According to this article, change management is defined as a systematic approach that includes dealing with the transition or transformation of organizational goals, core values, processes or technologies. Driving change in the workplace is already challenging enough and, in today's world, organizational change has become even more complex in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. How you respond to that change will ultimately define your success. Keep reading for an in-depth look at the most common change management challenges, best practices for navigating those challenges and how organizations can readily respond to one of the most far-reaching challenges today: COVID-19.
Leading Through Crisis
Responding to a crisis is one thing. Leading through it is something completely different. In this article from the Harvard Business Review, you'll learn that the best leaders are able to navigate rough waters deftly, energize organizations and inspire those around them. In the face of crisis, avoid taking a narrow view of the situation, over-centralizing your response and forgetting the human factor; understand that crises are crises because they affect people.
Review this article from The Wall Street Journal, sponsored by Deloitte, for five principles for managing the unexpected and leading through a crisis. When managing a crisis, remember to lead decisively, continuously frame the crisis, actively communicate, prepare for the unexpected and drive towards actionable intelligence. Approach crisis management with a strong emphasis on readiness, preparation and follow-up to stay agile and effectively stay ahead of potential threats in the future.
#TBT - Spring 2020 Pulse Survey
With an exclusive focus on COVID-19, the FICP Spring 2020 Pulse Survey saw high participation from both the meetings professionals and hospitality partners who have been impacted by the global pandemic. The survey is intended to provide a point-in-time look at plans and reactions as of late April 2020. Check out this FICP blog post for the highlights, or download the full report.
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