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Ira Millstein on Leadership During a Crisis

20 April, 2020 | Wall Street Journal

By Janet Foutty

Janet Foutty, U.S. Executive Chair of the Board for Deloitte, recently had an opportunity to meet virtually with Ira M. Millstein to hear his principles for leadership and corporate governance in times of crisis. Millstein is the founding chair of the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School, a noted author, and a senior partner at the international law firm, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Context Is Key When Leading Virtually

20 April, 2020 | Wall Street Journal

By Ajit Kambil, Pat Brown, Rob Dicks, Kris Routch, Ann Perrin, and Josh Hyatt

Alex (Sandy) Pentland, faculty director and founder of MIT Connection Science, discusses why leaders must pay closer attention to context when leading virtual teams in the absence of traditional visual and auditory cues. With decades of experience studying virtual leadership and virtual teams, he also explains what leaders can do to be effective in the remote work environment.

IR Strategies to Help Manage COVID-19 Uncertainty

20 April, 2020 | Wall Street Journal

By Chris Ruggeri, Michael Epstein, and Kirk Blair

During rapidly evolving crises, investor relations (IR) professionals must adapt strategies to address challenges as they arise. The upheaval in the capital markets tied to the COVID-19 pandemic likely demands a new IR playbook that presents a company’s best-case, worst-case, and holding pattern responses to business disruption and looks ahead to recovery.

Letter from China: Payment Risks Rise as Business Restarts

17 April, 2020 | Wall Street Journal

By Joe Guastella and Ken DeWoskin

With China’s economic restart following a lockdown and other measures to contain the COVID-19 virus underway, multinationals may need to consider new ways to work with financially stressed Chinese businesses. To maintain market share, CFOs can consider options and innovative payment approaches to address liquidity pressures from mainland China-based distributors and customers

Virtualization: Lessons for Enabling Remote Work

10 April, 2020 | Wall Street Journal

By Ajit Kambil

Deloitte CIO Larry Quinlan discusses the necessary components to virtualizing workplace processes and functions, and how CFOs can work effectively with CIOs to drive sponsorship across the enterprise. He also discusses key decisions and considerations that can help CIOs plan their company’s path to virtualized work more effectively.

SEC Reporting and Disclosures Involving COVID-19

8 April, 2020 | Wall Street Journal

It’s important for SEC registrants to carefully consider their unique circumstances and risk exposures when analyzing how the COVID-19 pandemic may affect their financial reporting and related financial statement disclosures. Learn important financial reporting considerations related to conditions that may result from the pandemic, including issues related to MD&A, risk factors, and earnings releases.

Virus Disruption May Reshape Supply Chains

7 April, 2020 | Wall Street Journal

By Tammy Whitehouse

Strain in global supply chains, first as a result of tariffs and more recently amid the COVID-19 pandemic, may prompt organizations to revisit their approach. Some may consider a fresh assessment of risk that can help identify short- and long-term opportunities while taking corrective action.

Insurance Contracts Merit Careful Scrutiny in Crisis

6 April, 2020 | Wall Street Journal

By Kathryn Pavlovsky and Ben Solomon
Organizations may need to develop and deploy a strategic approach to determine which of their insurance coverages might provide reimbursement for losses associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. With multiple types of losses factored against numerous and varied insurance contracts, the analysis and response are critical to improving outcomes.

COVID-19: How CIOs Can Lead the Way

1 April, 2020 | Wall Street Journal

By Katherine Noyes

COVID-19 is testing the capabilities of even the most resilient organizations, with a number of expanded responsibilities falling on IT. Many enterprises will likely emerge with modernized technology and ways of working. A few key practices can help CIOs pave the path.

Dial Up Resilience Planning Amid Virus Turmoil

31 March, 2020 | Wall Street Journal

By Tammy Whitehouse

The systems and processes organizations are developing to combat the disruptive effects of the coronavirus outbreak may help form a playbook that prepares them for future emergencies. Organizations that have taken proactive measures and engaged in scenario planning are demonstrating resilience in the face of the current crisis.

Capex Risk Modeling for COVID-19 Response

27 March, 2020 | Wall Street Journal

By Charles Alsdorf

Designing a risk-resilient capital planning playbook for black swan events such as the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t need to be especially sophisticated. However, it does require a strong framework to ensure that decision-makers employ logic and discipline in arriving at their understanding of current and future risk impacts, while setting the strategic priorities for a new baseline of growth.

Our Day One of the New Reality

25 March 2020 | Wall Street Journal

By David Redhill

As millions of workers around the globe are thrust suddenly into remote work situations, the experience of Deloitte Consulting Global CMO David Redhill and his colleagues in Australia reveals a huge, and perhaps unexpected, upside.

Virtual Work Practices to Bolster Business Resilience

25 March 2020 | Wall Street Journal

By Erica Volini, Steve Hatfield, Robin Jones

Many companies have decided or will soon decide to perform most work virtually in response to the spread of COVID-19, shining a spotlight on the need for corporate resilience and the ability to embrace virtual collaboration tools and practices. A practical approach can help companies adapt and progress in this dynamic environment.

Shoring Up Supply Chains as Virus Spreads

23 March 2020 | Wall Street Journal

By Dan Kinsella, Bryan Goshorn, Jim Kilpatrick, Lee Barter

The virus that brought parts of China and much of Italy to a standstill continues to spread to other parts of the world, extending business continuity challenges and supply chain disruptions into new geographic areas. As organizations manage and adapt, they may need to consider a number of talent, IT, succession, and cash flow initiatives to work through uncertainty and volatility.

How Digital Business Can Inform COVID-19 Response

17 March 2020 | Wall Street Journal

By James Cascone, Tim Christmann

In a volatile and uncertain environment, digital capabilities may enable organizations to be proactive and agile in response to emerging disruptions, augmenting their ability to be resilient.

Supply Chain Considerations for Coronavirus

18 March 2020 | Wall Street Journal

By Andy Marks

CFOs can help adapt supply chains and corporate spending plans disrupted by the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak by working with supply chain leaders to identify, assess and implement effective options. Consider several actions that can improve supply chain resiliency and strategic agility now and longer-term.

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