Links to Navigate the NOW Normal.

In last week’s blog post, we provided a list of links to help consultants, job seekers, and others navigate the “now” normal.  In this week’s post, we provide additional links with a focus on networking. 

8 smart ways to keep networking while you’re stuck at home.
The wisest among us are not letting the quarantine stop mission-critical networking.  Fast Company magazine shares 8 tips from a networking guru.
Click here.

How to network in the age of Coronavirus.
A marketing & branding consultant shares her advice with Ladders.
Click here.

The dawn of the virtual happy hour.
Happy hours haven’t gone away.  They are still going strong, and they definitely fuel networking.  Learn more via Forbes.
Click here.

Virtual happy hours are boosting morale at work.
Chief Executive magazine provides additional perspective on the virtual happy hour trend.
Click here.

10 tips to secure your Zoom video calls and meetings.
Stay safe with these helpful tips from cybersecurity advisory Joseph Steinberg.
Click here.


The NOW Normal.

Life has changed dramatically for all of us in the Charlotte region over the past couple of weeks.  Given the vast uncertainties we’re facing with COVID-19 and the economy, the Croixstone team isn’t quite ready to call these times the “new” normal.  We prefer to think of our current state as the “now’ normal.  

Whether you are presently employed or seeking your next opportunity, COVID-19 is causing all of us to think, and act, differently. The following links are designed to help you navigate the “now” normal.

Learn about consulting.
Join Croixstone + the Charlotte Chapter of the National Black MBA Association for a virtual Zoom meeting/webinar on “The Business of Consulting.”  Joining us will be leaders from Deloitte, The Kaleidoscope Group + The Graybeard Partners.  Wednesday, April 8 from 6-7:3pm.
Grab your tickets here.

Learn how consulting revenues may be impacted by COVID-19.
Yes, the consulting industry is being impacted.  Source Global Research has surveyed hundreds of consulting firms from across the world to gain insights.
Click here.

Find a job.
Your best strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic might be to focus on short-term solutions.
View this Fast Company article to learn more.

Learn more about collaboration tools.
Inc. magazine has compiled a comprehensive list of tools including pricing.
Click here.

Learn how to stay productive + connected while at home.
LinkedIn is offering 16 free professional development courses on Microsoft Teams, Skype, Zoom and more.
Click here.

Learn Zoom basics.
Zoom experts host interactive, live training webinars daily.
Sign-up for free or watch a previously recorded training session.
Click here.

Take your Zoom skills to the next level.
Learn 13 Zoom video chat tips, tricks + hidden features.
Click here.

Learn how to run a virtual meeting.
An executive recruiter shares 8 cardinal rules for successful virtual meetings with Forbes.
Click here.

Access a library of COVID-19 resources.
Check out the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance’s “COVID-19 Resource Portal.”
Click here.

Learn how to lead during a crisis/downturn.
5 great tips from Chief Executive magazine.
Click here.

Find your right work-from-home playlist.
LinkedIn is now on Spotify with a variety of playlists curated for the varying times of your career journey.
Click here.


Financial Modeling + Stress Testing

PwC surveyed 50 U.S. and Mexico finance leaders last week to gain insights into how COVID-19 is likely to impact their companies. 40% of the survey participants said they were facing difficulty in assessing the impact.

That difficulty is understandable. That said, now is the right time for CEOs, CFOs and other leaders to embrace the uncertainty and leverage financial modeling and stress testing to help in reassessing near-term priorities.

We can help.



What it takes to become a successful management consultant.

Last month Forbes published a great article that provides a high-level overview of the management consulting industry, and what it takes to succeed as a consultant.

Because the article is written from the vantage point of a consultant who is embedded in the traditional management consulting model, there are aspects that don’t apply to Croixstone’s disruptive business model.  Our consultants, for example, don’t travel frequently, and Croixstone doesn’t deploy a proprietary methodology.  

That said, the article nicely captures the core work of a management consultant along with the skills and expertise you need to succeed.

Read the article here.


Older Workers are in Demand

The norms about working at older ages have changed.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy gained over 2 million jobs over the past 12 months.  The number of employed workers age 65 or older rose by 697,000 – about 36% of the total gain.

Both of Croixstone’s practices (Consulting and Solutions) are dedicated to representing only highly-experienced professionals.  Given our own firm’s growth, we are not surprised that older workers are accounting for a significant proportion of job growth.

Learn more.


Opioid Crisis Myths + Truths

Last month, the Croixstone team invested in professional development to learn more about the very serious opioid crisis that is not only a public health issue, but a serious economic and workforce productivity problem.

We joined an educational seminar hosted by Social Venture Partners Charlotte that featured a 3-person panel comprised of a police officer, physician and social worker.  Croixstone learned that four North Carolina cities rank in the top 25 cities for opioid abuse.  Furthermore, the #1 city for opioid abuse is Wilmington, NC!

Learn about the myths and truths about the opioid crisis.


Online MBA Programs

Croixstone has built its practice around a group of elite, senior level top-tier MBA consulting professionals who thrive on tackling the toughest industry challenges to help propel businesses forward.

Recently, Forbes released a list of MBA programs they say are just as good or better than those ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Click here to read more.


Best Cities to Work from Home

According to a new study conducted by SmartAsset, Charlotte ranked in the top 20 in their “Best Cities to Work From Home – 2020 Edition” list, coming in at #12. In 2019, Charlotte ranked #10 on the list, but the percentage actually went up this past year from 7.7% to 8.4% of the workforce working remotely.

Key Findings in the 2020 Edition:

  • Working from home is becoming more common.
  • Cities in the West and South rank well.

Click here to learn more and find out where other cities ranked.