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Harvard Business School Professor, former Medtronic CEO

An Easter Message of Hope in the midst of Pandemic

The joys of Easter with the empty tomb remind us that no matter how dark the days were – and they were truly dark on Good Friday – that there is always hope for a new beginning.

These are indeed sad and very difficult times for so many people who are suffering from COVID-19, locked within their home, separated from loved ones, and the millions who are out of work and not sure how to get enough food or make their payments. 

In the midst of this pain and suffering, we are learning new ways to be together in community, we are celebrating the health care heroes on the front lines who are risking their lives to save others, and we are sharing our hope across the Internet.

With no travel, no sporting events, no concerts or theaters, no restaurants or bars open, we are rediscovering how much we appreciate this “found time” to share with loved ones, to read and watch moving films, and to reflect on our lives and the deeper meaning of this shared experience.

Out of that reflection and the hope for a new beginning, may we discover the opportunities to appreciate what truly matters in life and to find new ways that each of us can use our gifts to make a difference in the world.

The Mindfulness Movement

Feeling stress this holiday weekend? Seeking calm? Here is a great opportunity:

“The Mindfulness Movement” is a fantastic documentary about mindfulness meditation, featuring Deepak Chopra, Dan Goldman, Jon-Kabat Zinn, Richard Davidson & many more leaders.

Watch here:

Webinar: Leading in the COVID-19 Crisis

We are in the greatest crisis of our lifetimes- Now is the time for authentic leaders to inspire their organizations to help the world through the COVID-19 crisis. Join Leadership expert, Bill George Thursday, April 16th at 1pm PT/3pm CT for a complimentary hour discussion on how to step up and meet today’s challenges and inspire your organization to help the world work its way through these difficult times.

Sign up here:

CNBC: Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak On Ramping Up Ventilator Production

Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak on CNBC this morning made several key announcements & important points about ventilators:

  1. MDT progressing on steep ramp up of production of PB 980 (high end vent).
  2. MDT has developed a new allocation system to get ventilators to hospitals with greatest need.
  3. MDT working with Foxconn to build PB 560 (lower end vent) in Wisconsin.
  4. Tesla will produce vital component: solenoid valve (not assembling ventilators).
  5. Intel creating a remote monitoring system for experts to manage ventilator from central location.
  6. MDT working with other manufacturers in Asia to produce vents.
  7. DPA is helping MDT ensure supply sources.

Watch the full discussion here:

5 Tips For Practicing Self-Care During COVID-19

As COVID-19 spreads across America and around the world, public health experts predict that a large % of us will be exposed to it. To enable yourself to heal, you must strengthen your immune system. Here are 5 ways of Self-Care that you can practice every day:

  1. Eat a healthy diet, lots of vegetables & fruits, limited meat.
  2. No smoking and limited alcohol consumption.
  3. Get 7.5-8 hours of sleep every night.
  4. Get an hour of exercise every day, outside if possible.
  5. Reduce your stress through mindfulness, meditation or prayer.

Podcast: Leading With Purpose With Nick Craig

I am honored to be the inaugural interview of my good friend Nick Craig’s new Podcast – “Leading From Purpose.” You can watch the video version here or listen to the audio version on Spotify here. We discuss the impact of Authentic Leadership in times of crisis – much like the world is facing today.