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Ideas that work
May 5, 2020

Checking in on employee health and well-being

Automatic contact tracing in the workplace can help protect employees from COVID-19 while preserving personal privacy.

by Emily Stapf and David Sapin

MIT Management -- Executive Education

Gain the MIT Edge

MIT Sloan Executive Education’s portfolio of 55+ short courses now include live online programs suited to this time of social distancing. Led by senior MIT Sloan faculty, executive programs at MIT offer technical and business professionals a targeted and flexible means to hone their skills and futureproof their organizations. Learn more.

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Forces of nature

Understanding how ecosystems grow, thrive, and regenerate can help leaders steer their organization in the future.

by David K. Hurst


10 CEO perspectives on upskilling

Two years’ of interviews with CEOs from around the world reveal how leaders view the effect of technology on their workforces.

PwC insights

Business (not) as usual: Tips for strategic virtual collaboration

A productive, aligned and strategic meeting is possible, even when your team isn’t in the same room, if you set up your virtual collaboration using these key principles.

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The Simplicity Principle and why six is the perfect number for better management

“Keep it simple” and “learn from nature” are positive mantras to live and work by.

by Julia Hobsbawm

Revealing leaders’ blind spots

There is very little overlap between the management areas leaders think they need to improve and the weaknesses identified by those they lead. Reconciling these differences will improve leaders and their organizations.

by Joan Shafer, Adam Bryant, and David Reimer

How to respond when a crisis becomes the new normal

As the world comes to grips with the effects of COVID-19, businesses can focus on six areas in order to help both their people and their bottom line.

by Melanie Butler and Kristin Rivera


Seasoned Nuts Quotable

“The most important tactic in an argument next to being right is to leave an escape hatch for your opponent so that he can gracefully swing over to your side without an embarrassing loss of face.”

“We have become, by the power of a glorious evolutionary accident called intelligence, the stewards of life’s continuity on earth. We did not ask for this role, but we cannot abjure it. We may not be suited to it, but here we are.”

“Homo sapiens [are] a tiny twig on an improbable branch of a contingent limb on a fortunate tree.”

― Stephen Jay Gould


Part of speech: verb
Origin: Latin, early 17th century

Cleanse thoroughly.

Examples of Deterge in a sentence

“After cooking the family dinner, he needed to deterge the kitchen.”

“Once the paint dries, nothing will deterge it from the surface.”

Random Phrases

  1. Everything But The Kitchen SinkMeaning: Including nearly everything possible.
  2. Talk the TalkMeaning: Supporting what you say, not just with words, but also through action or evidence.
  3. It’s Not Brain SurgeryMeaning: A task that’s easy to accomplish, a thing lacking complexity.

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Brothers and Sisters Day? There are times when you love them, and there are times when you want to disown them! All in all, having a brother and/or a sister or two is invaluable. The older you get, the more you learn to appreciate them. Celebrate this day by telling your sibling that you are glad to have them in your life.

Counterfeit products online have skyrocketed during COVID-19

Since the coronavirus crisis intensified, shoppers have had little choice but to turn to e-commerce, even for basic essentials. In a recent study conducted by Red Points, the online brand-protection company that I lead, we found 60.4% of consumers said they have increased online shopping versus shopping in-store, and 60% of Americans are purchasing more household cleaning products online.

This makes consumers vulnerable to the rising number of counterfeit goods online. The number of counterfeit goods on the internet has grown exponentially since the advent of e-commerce and social media, flying quietly under consumers’ radar. Now, counterfeiters’ “attack surfaces” have expanded beyond e-commerce marketplaces to social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. Even the most tech-savvy consumers are sometimes tricked by these advertisements, which can often result in lost revenue for retailers and a hit to their image.

The size of this problem is staggering. Even before the coronavirus was unleashed on the world, it was estimated that by 2022, counterfeiting will be a $4.2 trillion industry, and global damage from counterfeit goods will exceed $323 billion.

via Counterfeit products online have skyrocketed during COVID-19

What fabrics work well for masks: Silk, chiffon, and flannel

Maybe you’ve hacked together a DIY mask from an old T-shirt or pillowcase over the last few weeks. That’s probably good enough for most uses, but if you want to get precise about it, a new study suggests that a combination of two materials could do even more to protect you from spreading or getting the coronavirus. A mask made from a layer of high-thread-count cotton plus two layers of chiffon or silk performs nearly as well as an N95 mask—and does better than an N95 mask at capturing the smallest particles the scientists shot at it.

Shortly after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began recommending that Americans should wear cloth masks in public, researchers at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory began studying how well different fabrics worked. “We found that there was very little scientific data on the measurement of the filtration efficiencies of these masks,” says Supratik Guha, a professor of molecular engineering at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago.

In a lab at Argonne, the researchers used equipment to generate aerosols of sodium chloride, which is typically used to test commercial respirators. A fan blew the aerosols into a collection chamber, where the scientists measured the particles that made it past each fabric sample. The study looked at particles ranging from 10 nanometers to six micrometers—at the largest, roughly a tenth of the width of a human hair. Though epidemiologists believe that the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, most likely spreads through large droplets that quickly fall to the ground after someone coughs, sneezes, or talks, it’s still not settled whether tinier “aerosol” droplets that hang in the air longer could also spread the virus. The new study looked at a range of particle sizes, since it isn’t yet clear how the virus is transmitted.

Unsurprisingly, fabrics with a tighter weave do better at physically blocking droplets. “A particulate trying to go across that membrane will get stuck in those gaps and pores and will not make it to the other side,” Guha says. Cotton with 600 threads per inch is more effective than cotton with 80 threads per inch, filtering out more than 90% of particles larger than 300 nanometers, and more than 65% of those that are smaller. Quilting material with cotton batting did even better, filtering more than 90% of larger particles and more than 80% of smaller particles.

A combination of fabrics also performed well. Silk and chiffon both have electrostatic effects, meaning that they generate a charge that can attract and catch the virus. A mask that combines silk and cotton layers, or chiffon and cotton layers, also captures more than 90% of particles larger than 300 nanometers, and more than 80% of those that are smaller. While an N95 mask, the standard respirator used in hospitals, does slightly better with larger particles, the mixed-material mask actually filtered out more of the smaller particles in the experiment. A mix of flannel and cotton also performed well.

T-shirt masks don’t seem to work as well. In a Virginia Tech study, a mask made from a single layer of a cotton T-shirt captured only 20% of particles down to 300 nanometers and 50% of those down to 1,000 nanometers. A Cambridge University study from 2013 found that two layers of T-shirt material can capture around 70% of particles down to 1,000 nanometers.

Researchers already knew that masks can help reduce the spread of the virus from people who may not know they’re sick. A recent Nature study found that nearly all viral droplets and some smaller aerosol particles were blocked when infected patients wore a surgical mask. But the new study suggests that a homemade mask could also effectively protect the person wearing it from other germs. But there is one major caveat: The mask has to fit correctly—without any gaps. This is something that can be difficult to achieve for those who don’t know how to sew. The filtration efficiency of a mask can drop 60% if there are gaps in the fit, making your choice of material less meaningful. “If I were making masks, I would place a lot of emphasis on the design of the mask to minimize the gap,” Guha says.

via What fabrics work well for masks: Silk, chiffon, and flannel

Interesting from Seth Godin…

What kind of org?

Maybe you work with an organization. They have systems and charts and boxes.

But the very nature of an organization is that someone developed it, figured it out and has to approve its changes. After all, it’s organized.

Perhaps you work with an organism instead. An organism constantly changes. The cells develop, die and are replaced. It adapts to the current environment or goes away.

If you engage with a culture, if you’re part of an organism, you’ll do better understanding the system that it lives in. The org chart is insufficient.

And of course, organisms tend to be more resilient than organizations.


6. World Asthma Day – 5th May

6. World Asthma Day – 5th May

This day aims to spread awareness about asthma and the ways we can prevent it.

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: X Everyday irritants that can cause your asthma to flare
  • Infographic idea: How can you differentiate between COVID-19 and asthma?
  • Video idea: How does asthma affect the lungs?
  • Podcast idea: How can an asthmatic person get through spring?

Brand campaign that worked:

This animated video from Philips features a voice-over by young children who have asthma explaining how its products are helping them breathe more freely.

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Star Wars Day?  And it’s all because of a play on words! Star Wars Day is May the Fourth because a famous quote from the hugely popular science fiction series is “May the Force (Fourth) be with you.” Celebrate Star Wars Day by having a Star Wars movie marathon!

4. World Laughter Day – 5th May

4. World Laughter Day – 5th May

This day marks the importance of laughter and its ability to change the world in a peaceful and positive way.

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: X Online comic strips for your daily dose of laughter
  • Infographic idea: X Things that can make you happy everyday
  • Video idea: Here’s why Charlie Chaplin was the king of comedy
  • Podcast idea: How can laughter make you a happier person?

Brand campaign that worked:

This video by Dr Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement, details 100 laughter yoga exercises you can practice throughout the day.