Jeremy Solomons

jeremy@jeremysolomons.com

How to mitigate bias in the workplace

No one wants to be thought of as “biased”. Particularly not a leader. Particularly not when there is such an intense global focus on equal access to healthcare, education and jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic and on fair treatment of all citizens after accusations of police brutality in...

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 12:00 AM

How to remain humane

During the Covid-19 pandemic, many workers have reported how empathetic and caring their usually busy, stressed and absent supervisors have become. They call, they listen, they respond. “It’s as if they’ve become human again,” said a client recently. Many leaders agree...

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 12:00 AM

Leading Rwanda: Fighting and followership

Kigali – In the days since US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death at 87 on September 19, there is one particular quotation of hers that has been circulating a lot on the internet: “Fight for the things that you care about but do it in a way that will lead others to...

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

Leading Rwanda: Choose Your Words Very Carefully

“Words are like arrows. Throw them only when you know where they will fall.” (African proverb) As a leader you have a lot of power, which means that those around you will note every single word that you say and how you say it, especially in this period of prolonged insecurity,...

Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 10:21 PM

Managing difficult conversations

No one begins work each day with the intention of upsetting everyone and creating conflict and mayhem. Well, maybe there is one ex-boss that I can think of … Most normal professionals are just trying to do the best they can - particularly in this very challenging Coronavirus period...

Thursday, August 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

Leading Rwanda: Resolving conflict within teams

This is the fourth in a series of special columns on how both experienced and new leaders can build and maintain trust within their teams as the professional world slowly moves out of crisis and uncertainty towards a new normal. Even with the best team charter and agreements in the world, human...

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 7:00 AM

Co-creating team agreements

This is the third in a series of special columns on how both experienced and new leaders can build and maintain trust within their teams as the professional world slowly moves out of the Corona Crisis and Uncertainty towards a New Normal. Every well-functioning society, religion, country,...

Thursday, July 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

Leading Rwanda: Creating a Structure of Trust

After explaining the powerful, one-off “Four Questions” exercise in the previous “Leading Rwanda” column on 2 July, this column will focus on a more creative structural way for leaders to establish, build and sustain trust with the people around them while dealing with the...

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

Leading Rwanda: The Four Questions

In the previous “Leading Rwanda” column on “Preparing Others for the New Normal” published on 19 June, this writer focused on “what” leaders should do to establish, build and sustain trust within a team, group or project. Based on reader feedback, the next two...

Thursday, July 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

Leading Rwanda: Preparing others for the ‘New Normal’

Coronavirus deaths are still rising around the world, having already soared over 8.5 million by Thursday. Economies are plunging into recession. And now there are mass global protests against racial inequity and social injustice. It is tempting to draw an analogy with one of the old science-...

Friday, June 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

Leading Rwanda: Preparing for the New Normal

When researchers and commentators talk about Climate Change, they often use the analogy of the frog sitting in a pan of slowly boiling water, not realizing the extreme danger it is in until it is too late. With coronavirus, it is as if we have all been thrown into giant vat of boiling water and...

Thursday, June 4, 2020, 1:14 PM

Give some respect to Rwanda over gains against Covid-19

Since the Coronavirus first hit Rwanda in mid-March, I have been frequently asked two kinds of questions. The first kind has come from well-meaning but ill-informed people outside Africa: “So how are you doing in Rwanda? How bad are things there? Are you safe? Are there food riots?...

Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

Leading Rwanda: Envisioning the New Normal

It is often said that parents need another pair of eyes in the back of their head to be able to watch their children at all times. In that case, leaders in the corona age probably need three pairs of eyes. They need one pair of eyes to observe and guide others as they struggle to accept,...

Friday, May 22, 2020, 12:00 AM

Leading Rwanda: Career control in a crisis – Part 3

If you took some time during the COVID-19 lockdown to re-evaluate your role as a leader and you have decided that you are ready and prepared for a move, now is the time to explore real options in more detail. In the Exploration phase of the four-step APEX model of career development –...

Thursday, May 7, 2020, 12:20 AM

Fully including Rwanda in virtual communication

As the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down much of trade, commerce and business all around the world, many professionals have been turning to increasingly sophisticated and available virtual communication technology to be able to continue working and communicating with each other. Unfortunately, all...

Monday, April 27, 2020, 11:11 AM

Leading Rwanda: Career control in a crisis – Part 2

In the first column in this “Career Control” series – published on 3 April – we looked at the psycho-emotional impact of leaders getting fired from their jobs during the COVID-19 crisis or deciding it’s time to “fire themselves” by voluntarily seeking a new...

Thursday, April 16, 2020, 1:00 AM

Career control in a crisis – Part 1

For many leaders, one of their toughest decisions can be whether to fire one of their direct reports or not. And an even tougher decision can be whether to “fire themselves” by seeking a different job with their current employer, taking another job elsewhere, launching their own...

Friday, April 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

Communicating effectively in times of crisis

As we saw in my previous column on “Suddenly Dispersed Teams”, one of the main ways of building and sustaining productive remote working relationships now is through clear, concise, compassionate and consistent communication. “Communication, communication, communication ......

Friday, March 27, 2020, 11:02 AM

10 ways to hold a team together during the COVID-19 lockdown

This is the tenth in a series of “Leading Rwanda” columns and the second in a special series on how leaders should react, adapt and chart a new course as the coronavirus pandemic shuts down most of Rwanda and the world. Many people have been leading and working within global, virtual...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 12:56 AM

Leading Rwanda: Acting decisively in a time of crisis

“A crisis is an opportunity riding the dangerous wind” (Chinese proverb) “It's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before” (Rahm Emanuel, former mayor of Chicago) “Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes...

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

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