We all know the old adage of make a plan and stick to it. Yeah, that didn’t go so well for 2020.
Whether you are a parent, an employee, a business owner, or any combination of these, you know that the norm is gone. Time for a different way of planning. We’re looking at it as making a plan and shifting with it…staying nimble, and realizing there are many factors that are going to lead to change, adjustment, and quick pivots along the way.
In this issue you’ll find an article on scenario planning (definitely learning how to make a plan that can shift), as well as the latest stats on parents and the current state of school decisions (Happy Parents Day on Sunday!). We also take a moment to shine a light on all of the good trouble Congressman John Lewis created, and round out with some uplifting innovations and an absolute must watch on sustainability with Zac Efron (yes, that Zac Efron…we’re all in this together).
Enjoy the weekend, and happy reading, listening and watching!
The Good Scout Team
Reads of the Week
Supporting Working Parents
Unfortunately, things appear to be going from bad to worse for working parents, as there continues to be so much uncertainty with the school year just around the corner. In April, only a few weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic, 6% of people surveyed said they planned to leave the workforce due to the pressures of parenting; however, according to the second survey last week, that percentage has grown to 27% of respondents now saying they plan to leave work.
Given these trying times for all of us, what, if anything, can leaders do to support employees? In simple terms – how can leaders create a culture of understanding that we are all having to wear many hats – parent, teacher, caregiver, etc.? Giving employees permission to be themselves will help ease underlining tensions and foster an environment of understanding. Harvard Business Review
Planning for the Future
In past issues of #ScoutingGood, we have highlighted the new trend of scenario planning, a strategic focus that is gaining more and more steam. Scenario planning seems to be essential in the nonprofit and social sectors as the pandemic demands more resources and increased pressure for organizations to do more in the social justice sector. Scenario planning is quite different from other planning efforts you have likely undertaken in the past. Two essential keys are to dig deep to figure out how it would feel to live each of the scenarios and not pick the scenario you might “like the best”. Deloitte
Worth a Listen
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, July 29th, as Former First Lady Michelle Obama will debut her new podcast on Spotify. According to the press release announcing the newly developed Michelle Obama Podcast, “…the series will bring listeners the former First Lady’s most candid and personal conversations, showing us what’s possible when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, to open up, and to focus on what matters most.”
Good Scout of the Week
A truly good scout who encouraged “good trouble”, Civil Rights activist and Congressman John Lewis died last week at the age of 80. May we all take his words with us as we move forward –“When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to do something.” Newsweek
Innovation of the Week
Believe it or not, Halloween is just around the corner. Last Halloween, Target introduced Hyde & EEK! Boutique costumes designed with all kids in mind. These adaptive and sensory-friendly designs were not only adorable but they were affordable as well. This year, Target is doubling their costume options and adding designs for adults too. Check out these great inclusive creations. Red Tricycle
What We’re Watching
Zac Efron’s Down to Earth. This is no High School Musical. It’s a real exploration for Zac and his friend, wellness expert Darin Olien, to uncover the sustainable, eco-friendly, and truly mind-blowing innovations and ways of life around the world. It’s well worth the watch for the whole family. We assure you everyone will be blown away with what Efron and Olien uncover.
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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