This Week: Bring Your Goat To Work, Leadership Lessons From Apollo 13, and the Ideal Home office

By Betterworks
April 16, 2020
2 minute read

This week, we learn how to transform a corner of your home into an office, discover the joys of having goats join your conference calls, learn lessons on crisis leadership from Apollo 13, and make suggestions on how to build team resilience remotely.  

This week’s growth quote:

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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How to Set Up a Home Office That Works for You


If you’re tempted to work on your couch at home, don’t. Your back will pay the price. Learn how to create the ideal home office (and avoid ergonomic injuries) by lining up your posture, seat, and screen. Your body will thank you for it.

You Can Now Book a Goat to Liven Up Your Boring Zoom Meeting (Yes,Seriously)

Fast Company

Have you ever brought a goat to work? Us neither. But if you’re looking to jazz up your hundredth video call of the day, you might want to check out Goat2Meeting. For a donation, you can book a cameo from a goat or a virtual tour of Sweet Farm animal sanctuary.  

Fifty years later, Apollo 13 shows how leaders can navigate crises like COVID-19

Fast Company

Apollo 13 was saved thanks to swift and strategic leadership. To get the team back safely, NASA canceled the moon landing and the vessel’s astronauts repurposed simple items like socks to filter carbon monoxide. Learn how to prioritize, audit, and delegate in order to navigate crises, like the Apollo 13 crew did. 

Build Your Team’s Resilience — From Home


If you’d like your team to be more resilient, read this. You’ll learn how to use an “inventory dashboard” to help employees up their grit in the face of adversity and which three “protective factors” resilient people have. Armed with these skills, you can support employees during challenging times.

If you missed the last recap, read it here: Onboarding Remotely, Crisis Comms, and Making Your (Virtual) Presence Felt.