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I’m sure I’m not the only person who is very happy to see the end of 2020. Even though the year has been challenging to say the least, I’m super proud of our team members and how they’ve hunkered down so that we could continue to provide the best possible IT services to our clients! I’m also very grateful for our wonderful clients. Supporting remote workers and adjusting for on-site precautionary requirements has been tough. During this time, our clients have been patient and supportive of us as we’ve worked to enable them with technology as they’ve had to shift operations.
If you missed the Cyber Security Q&A Panel Discussion that we held earlier this month, you missed out on something big. On November 6th, we had 56 business leaders join us for a live online event where experts answered burning questions submitted by our clients and local business leaders. The panelists represented multiple disciplines so that we could cover cyber security and cyber risk from many angles - IT, legal, crisis and reputation management, and insurance. Thank you to the Accent team for putting this event together, and to our panelists - Crystal Rockwood from Rockwood Communications Council, Brian Reider from BBK LLP, Glen Carlson from McGriff Insurance Services, and Peter O’Campo with Accent. Don Pierro from Empower Lab did a great job moderating.
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Some who follow our newsletter may recall that I’m a pilot and enjoy flying. I need to participate in ongoing training to stay current with my license, and I was focused this month on my Instrument Rating competency. For the non-pilots out there, the objective of this training is to become extremely comfortable landing the plane in little to no visibility conditions, relying only on the plane's instruments for guidance.
If you’re like me, when the end of the month rolls around, you like to reflect on how the month progressed. How was September for you? Hopefully, somewhat normal and even prosperous. Here at Accent, helping our clients navigate the challenges of working from home has been a continuing theme. The support required for home users has been challenging, but the team is doing very well.
Good news – finally! For the last few months, I’ve been wondering what “recovery” from the effects of the pandemic would look like for businesses. I wasn’t sure how I would know. Would I just feel it? Would the government tell me we are recovering? What are the signs?? Well, I can say this month that I think we’re recovering. And I feel good about it!
If you’re like most of us, you’re sitting at your desk wondering what’s next. The pandemic has caused so much uncertainty. Most business leaders are used to planning and making things happen. It’s what gets you into business in the first place! The United States is a great place for business-minded entrepreneurial types to have a vision, make some plans, and execute -- at least until March 2020. Now that 4 months have passed and a clear end to the situation is still not in sight, what will the next 6-12 months look like?
Whether we like it or not, the business world has changed because of COVID-19. Even as the virus begins to fade in certain regions of the globe, its effects remain. What will the long-term impacts of our "new normal" in the workplace be? None of us know for sure, but we’re seeing a few trends with staying power.
When you’re going about your daily business, does the culture of your organization pop up into your mind? Maybe you’re prompted to think about culture as you’re reading books and articles on organizational improvement by folks such as Patrick Lencioni, Jim Collins, or Gino Wickman. The books may spark interest and a few great ideas, but then the real world takes you to another fire and culture takes a back seat to what you have right in front of you.
The Memorial Day holiday is behind us, signaling the start of summer. I hope you were able to enjoy some family time along with your favorite foods over the three-day weekend. I am so thankful to everyone in all branches of the United States Armed Forces who currently protect our freedoms as Americans. I pay homage to those who have given their lives for us. As we move into June, I wonder how you spent the month of May. For me, this past month was used to get the planning and financial juices flowing. Here at Accent, we spend quite a bit of time with business planning and this includes thinking about the business of business, and the role that Information Technology plays in shaping the workplace.
The month of April has been filled with web meetings and uncertainty. While we've been advancing our video skills more than we ever thought possible, we’ve also been figuring out how to maneuver through our new circumstances. Like many of you, I have been working hard on getting paperwork together and submitting applications for the Payroll Protection Program.