“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” —Michael Jordan, NBA Hall of Fame basketball player
This week’s Scouting Good takeaways are all about resilience and perseverance. Now more than ever, we are seeing resilience at its best. From emerging leaders in the Black Lives Matter movement to the healthcare workers who have stayed the course and continue to prepare for the next wave, resilience may be the new theme for 2020.
Enjoy this week’s finds. We hope it sparks new thoughts in how to cultivate your own resilience.
The Good Scout Team
Reads of the Week
Resilience vs. Endurance
As we face these uncertain times, we are collectively encountering significant challenges and opportunities. We are dealing with the health implications of a global pandemic, economic uncertainty, and learning/unlearning ways to navigate racial inequality. It’s safe to say that stress and anxiety are being largely experienced by everyone.
However, there might also be a silver lining. Stress can sometimes serve us in ways that propel us forward. Data suggests that coping in times of uncertainty allows for building resiliency and strength. Endurance suggests our energy level is finite. Resiliency suggests it is infinite. And, developing skills for resiliency will help in times of uncertainty.
To find out more about what traits make for stronger resiliency, check out this handy toolkit in the New York Times.
Will the Pandemic Reshape Our Views on Female Leaders?
While currently, only seven percent of the world population lives in a nation with a female leader, those countries have suffered six-times fewer confirmed deaths from COVID-19. It is too soon, and there is not enough data to correlate these statistics with the performance of female leaders in times of crisis. However, it seems almost certain this group of talented leaders will become role models for the generations to come and may alter how we select our political and business leaders in the future. Harvard Business Review
Each summer, Town and Country Magazine dedicates their annual Philanthropy Issue to highlighting those individuals making a difference in the world. This year’s list of honorees includes Robert F. Smith, co-founder of Vista Private Equity and America’s wealthiest African American; actor Matthew McConaughey and wife Camila Alves; celebrity-chef Jose Andres; and America’s leading Immunologist, Dr. Antony Fauci, to name a few.
Speaking of Robert F. Smith, we have been especially moved recently by his bold leadership and willingness to discuss his experience with racism (New York Times) and calling for America’s largest corporations to commit 2% of their annual net income, over the next two decades, to empower minority communities (Forbes).
To hear more from Robert, Matthew, and other leaders making a difference, Town and Country will hold their annual Philanthropy Summit virtually, and sessions will take place tomorrow through Friday, July 10.
Worth a Listen
Brene Brown’s podcast, Unlocking Us, is perennially on our favorites list. Recently, Brene invited her friend, Laverne Cox, for a thought-provoking conversation. Laverne discusses her new groundbreaking documentary, Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen, as well as the importance of policy protection for the trans community.
On a personal note, the podcast produces the feeling of delivering you into Brene’s living room to hear these two discuss challenging, and sometimes uncomfortable, topics.
Good Scout of the Week
After experiencing a hate crime at the age of 12 when her family’s home was set on fire, Mrs. Opal Lee committed her life to activism, teaching, and campaigning. In 2016, at the age of 89, she decided to walk from her home in Fort Worth, Texas to Washington, D.C., in an effort to get Juneteenth named a national holiday. When asked how it feels to see corporations making her Juneteenth vision coming to life, Mrs. Lee’s response is priceless, “I could do a holy dance. I’m so happy to see things coming to fruition and the fact that we are almost there making it a holiday. We started out talking about 100,000 signatures and now we’re saying let’s take a million signatures to Congress to let them know that it’s not just one little old lady in tennis shoes.”
Innovation of the Week
You might call this our random thought for the week. We couldn’t help but wonder who invented the sticky note when using a few for brainstorming this week (yes, they are still far better than any electronic version of a brainstorming tool!). Did you know sticky notes were created from a failed attempt at developing a super strong adhesive? The lesson from the sticky? Even when we fail, there can be success in the end. When the lab meets the church choir, eureka! The sticky is born. CNN (not a paid advertisement…just a love of sticky notes).
What We’re Watching
Fishing With Dynamite is a documentary film that explores the contentious history of American corporate culture. It explores the arguments of two influential theories—stakeholder vs. shareholder capitalism—and asserts through the extraordinary success stories of purpose-driven companies (Costco, The Container Store, Whole Foods) that caring for all stakeholders rather than simply driving value to shareholders is the only possible future for business in the 21st century. The film premiers live this Thursday July 9 at 3 PM (EDT) and it will be followed by a panel discussion of the film’s subjects and other experts. If you enter goodscout10 (all lowercase) at checkout, you’ll get $10 off your ticket, making the film free for you. Reserve your spot today. Fishing With Dynamite
One Day Can Change Your Brand For Good
It’s our mantra at Good Scout. But we don’t stop at a day. The bottom line is we believe in change, in adapting, in altering course, in realigning…and reimagining. Whatever it may be, our goal is to help our clients find the right path to success. Take a look at our expertise, and let’s find a time to connect if you find yourself or your organization at a point where a new or altered path is needed.
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