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Advice for business leaders confronting coronavirus challenges

Kevin Sneader, global managing partner for McKinsey & Company, provides perspective on what corporate business leaders are thinking during the global coronavirus crisis:

While confronting challenges due to coronavirus, what advice are business leaders turning to you for?


The first, stop giving me scenarios. Tell me what's going to be consistent across scenarios so I can engage in meaningful planning. Second question, how long will this last? When is it going to be over? I don't seem to be able to plan for anything at moment because I simply don't know the duration of this black swan event. And the third question, which I consistently hear is, tell me just how to survive? I'm in the hospitality sector, could be any other sector, and yet my businesses, we are underwater. What is the future? Now each of these questions is not straightforward to answer. And so, I hate to be the one in this Business In 60 Seconds saying instead of answers, we have questions. But that's where the world is today. And I look forward to future editions sharing answers rather than questions.

Empathy and listening are key to establishing harmonious relationships, as demonstrated by Callista Azogu, GM of Human Resources & Organization for Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), an Eni subsidiary in Abuja. "To build trust is very difficult. To destroy it is very easy," says Callista, whose busy days involve everything from personnel issues to union relationships. She sees great potential for her native Nigeria not only because of the country's natural resources, but because of its vibrant and creative people.

Learn more about Callista in this episode of Faces of Eni.

Saturday will mark the beginning of an historic turning point for European politics as 1,001 voting members of Germany's Christian Democratic Union, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, hold an online conference to elect a new leader.

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Joe Biden wants to move into the White House, but the coast isn't clear. He may need some bleach.

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If former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson could give incoming Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas advice, what would it be? "Well, first I would say, 'Ali, I'm glad it's you, not me.'" His conversation with Ian Bremmer was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Listen: For the first time in twenty years extreme poverty around the world is growing. How does the developing world recover from a pandemic that has brought even the richest nations to their knees? David Malpass, the President of the World Bank, is tasked with answering that question. He joins Ian Bremmer on the podcast to talk about how his organization is trying to keep the developing world from slipping further into poverty in the wake of a once-in-a-century pandemic.

The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.

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