• Cross-training, or encouraging team members to pick up skills in more than one area of the business, can be a powerful strategy when facing a crisis like the pandemic.
  • Employees will gain new perspectives, become more engaged and invested, and may even discover new strengths. 
  • Even outside of a crisis, leaning on the workers you have rather than constantly making new hires can drive productivity and inspire upward career mobility. 
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An important lesson I had to learn early on in my entrepreneurial journey is that, in the face of a crisis, you must leverage whatever assets you have to secure a solid foundation for your business. Lean on your skill sets, tools, space, and perhaps your greatest resource: your people.

When it’s time to get lean, encouraging and training the people on your team to develop skills in more than one area of

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GREEN BAY, Wis. – Preston Smith likes to think of himself as “an oversized lockdown corner.” 

The Green Bay Packers no doubt appreciate the outside linebacker’s attitude about dropping into coverage, but they’re paying him a lot of money to sack the quarterback.

With Smith playing coverage rather than pressuring the quarterback on about 37 percent of opponent passing snaps, he’s got only one-half sack after piling up a career-high 12 last season.

Meanwhile, with Oren Burks languishing on the bench after failing once again to earn playing time at inside linebacker, the Packers figured it was time to throw a Hail Mary to salvage the former third-round pick’s career.

Combining those two elements, the Packers have been cross-training Burks at inside linebacker and outside linebacker. After playing three snaps in the first two games, Burks played 13 snaps last week at New Orleans. It was his most snaps since

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