(People-first leaders, please feel free to forward this email to your colleagues, or point them here)

As the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) spreads across the planet, companies and governments are taking extraordinary and unprecedented steps to help curb the grasp and effect of the virus both on spreading and on overwhelming our healthcare systems.

Never in known memory has the entire planet been so fixed and aligned on one thing.

This may truly be something for the ages. Something to look back on, and as people-first leaders, may be something that sparks a new global consciousness. ? 

How do you lead through and with this pandemic? Some are doing better than others, and the internet is quick to judge those who do well, and those who do not do so well.

If you don’t look into any of the other resources below, I would recommend all people-first leaders to bookmark this Google Doc crowdsourced from all over the world to include the best Coronavirus Resources and action plans available from some of the world’s best teams and minds. Just added, a new section titled “Alternatives to Layoffs” for companies trying to keep the lights on in more ways than one.

But first, a sobering reminder that all of us are going through unprecedented times. And some people’s homes are NOT safe! ? The more we can do to reach out, reach across, care and share, the more we will come closer together and help each other, not just ourselves.

If you know of COVID-19 resources, tools or information or guidance on how to help your people during this challenging time, please share them to [email protected] or @me on TwitterLinkedIn or Medium.

Stay safe ?,

Robert Merrill

Founder, Principal – ConnectedWell Talent Advisors


I’m Looking Forward to the Part Where My Inner Strength Kicks In
I’m Looking Forward to the Part Where My Inner Strength Kicks Inforge.medium.com
Last night I was texting with a friend who is also a working parent about school closures and this strange new world in which we now find ourselves. She shared something lovely that another friend had sent her, and told me that for her, it had been a great source of strength the past few days:

Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Cello on Twitter
Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Cello on Twittertwitter.com
This is for the healthcare workers on the frontlines — the Sarabande from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3. Your ability to balance human connection and scientific truth in service of us all gives me hope. #songsofcomfort

Home Is Not A Safe Place For Everyone
Home Is Not A Safe Place For Everyonewww.huffpost.com
As “social distancing” is urged to contain the coronavirus outbreak, home is exactly where the danger lies for some. As the coronavirus outbreak spreads across the globe, the biggest piece of advice coming from public health officials is to practice social distancing. Work from home.

RemoteSapiens

An awesome slack channel for the suddenly-solo homebound people around the planet

Molly Tolsky on Twitter
Molly Tolsky on Twittertwitter.com
Pro-tip for couples suddenly working from home together: Get yourselves an imaginary coworker to blame things on. In our apartment, Cheryl keeps leaving her dirty water cups all over the place and we really don’t know what to do about her.

Confessions of a self-employed mom
Confessions of a self-employed momblog.freelancersunion.org
This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here. It’s 9 a.m.

How HR leaders are preparing for the Coronavirus
How HR leaders are preparing for the Coronaviruswww.fastcompany.com
While there are practical steps individuals can take, preparing a company’s workforce is much more complex. The World Health Organization recently hosted a live Q&A on Periscope on COVID-19 in the workplace as 30,000 viewers streamed live looking for answers.

⭐⭐ Amazing Google Doc of Coronavirus Resources
⭐⭐ Amazing Google Doc of Coronavirus Resourcesdocs.google.com

Awesome Internet Citizen @Lars Schmidt, founder of Amplify Talent, has been collating and curating a massive list of resources for HR leaders and people managers grappling with how to work within the realities of Covid-19.

6 Characteristics of Successful Remote Employees
6 Characteristics of Successful Remote Employeeswww.entrepreneur.com
Remote working. Telecommuting. Working from home: It’s extremely popular, no matter what you call it. Millions of Americans now classify themselves as remote workers, and both employers and employees are benefiting from these relationships. But not everyone is cut out to be a remote worker.

HR Toolkit: Staying Productive During the COVID-19 Crisis
HR Toolkit: Staying Productive During the COVID-19 Crisislattice.com
The coronavirus health crisis has shuttered offices and forced companies to go remote. But while remote teams might be accustomed to working from home, the experience has been jolting to onsite employees.

Working from home tips from our experienced remote employees
Working from home tips from our experienced remote employeesstackoverflow.blog
For people who can do their job with just a computer, it’s getting easier and easier to work entirely remote. Fast internet and affordable devices mean an ever growing number of people can do their daily tasks from all across the globe.

Facebook Plans $1,000 Bonuses to Help Employees During Coronavirus Crisis
Facebook Plans $1,000 Bonuses to Help Employees During Coronavirus Crisiswww.theinformation.com
30 AND UNDER FIVE YEARS OF OUR BEST PRICE

Altice USA Brings Free Broadband to K-12 and College Students During Coronavirus Pandemic
Altice USA Brings Free Broadband to K-12 and College Students During Coronavirus Pandemicwww.alticeusa.com
In response to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, Altice USA has taken several steps to ensure that Americans within the communities we serve have reliable access to high-speed broadband connectivity to keep them connected to the people, information, and resources they rely on.

Coronavirus Is A Huge Test For World Leaders. Here’s What We Can Learn From The Responses from China, Italy And The United States About Leadership
Coronavirus Is A Huge Test For World Leaders. Here’s What We Can Learn From The Responses from China, Italy And The United States About Leadershipwww.linkedin.com
We often learn the most about leadership by observing our leaders in times of crisis. As world leaders attempt to contain the rapid spread of COVID-19, they must simultaneously perform two opposing and difficult tasks—prepare their countries for significant risk and avoid inciting panic.

Coronavirus: 8 Things Your Small Business Needs to Do
Coronavirus: 8 Things Your Small Business Needs to Dowww.uschamber.com
From remote work to business interruption insurance, there are several things that small business owners need to consider in both the short and long terms surrounding COVID-19. — Getty Images/jacoblundThe COVID-19 pandemic is spreading rapidly, with new updates flying in every minute.

How to work from home
How to work from homewww.cultofmac.com
Thanks to coronavirus, lots of people are being told to stay at home to work. And that’s good, work-wise, because working from home can be relaxing, highly productive, and of course very convenient.

10 Mistakes To Avoid When Transitioning to Remote Work
10 Mistakes To Avoid When Transitioning to Remote Workremoteyear.com
Working remotely is not only a great way to create work-life balance – it’s the springboard to make a major career move.

The Infuriating Story of How the Government Stalled Coronavirus Testing
The Infuriating Story of How the Government Stalled Coronavirus Testingwww.gq.com
How one young doctor at a Seattle lab tried to get out in front of the coronavirus crisis by inventing his own test. And why the absurdity of his struggle should make us all afraid.Alex Greninger was watching it all from the start.

America’s Economy Begins to Shut Down as Pandemic Measures Take Hold
America’s Economy Begins to Shut Down as Pandemic Measures Take Holdwww.nytimes.com
The fast-spreading virus has put an end to movies, date nights and other economic activity, prompting some economists to call a U.S. recession. In some places, public officials and private business owners moved with stunning speed.

How to survive on a Slack that's way too busy
How to survive on a Slack that's way too busyzapier.com
The line between distraction and focus is surprisingly fuzzy, and Slack might be the fuzziest app of them all. This isn’t to say that Slack hasn’t made work easier. I remember the long reply-all chains and shudder to think of going back to those dark days.

Shifting Gears: How Uber, airlines, automakers, shippers, and cruise lines are bracing against the coronavirus
Shifting Gears: How Uber, airlines, automakers, shippers, and cruise lines are bracing against the coronaviruswww.businessinsider.com
What parts of the coverage are lacking? What questions are you left with? Let me know at [email protected] If you were forwarded this email or are reading on LinkedIn, you can subscribe here.  Uber drivers are on the front lines against the spread of the disease.

How will the coronavirus affect your personal finances?
How will the coronavirus affect your personal finances?www.getrichslowly.org
How quickly things change. Last week, the coronavirus (or Covid-19, if you prefer) was a distant problem. It was something other people in other places had to wrestle with.

As stocks continue to tumble, what’s ahead for startups?
As stocks continue to tumble, what’s ahead for startups?techcrunch.com
Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. The world is a mess today. Everything that trades is down, and sentiment is in the toilet.

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