How Startup CEOs Should Think About the Coronavirus - Parts 1 & 2

Posted on February 28, 2020 | 2 Comments

I just reached out to the CEOs I work with with on this topic and figured I should also do a quick post to speak to the CEOs who follow Kellblog as well.

The primary purpose of this post is to remind busy startup CEOs that an important part of your job is to be out ahead of things. Usually that means customer needs, market trends, and competitors. I’d argue it also includes potential epidemics, such as the one threatened by COVID-19.

Nobody wants to work for a CEO who’s panicking. But nobody wants to work for a CEO without a plan, either. You owe it to your employees, customers, and (yes) shareholders to start thinking about the impact of the Coronavirus on your business. That starts with your first action item: having a conversation about it at your next weekly e-staff meeting, if you’ve not done so already.

Microsoft Windows License Manager in Windows - slmgr

How to Use the Slmgr Command in Windows

Software Licensing Management Tool (slmgr) is a VBS file in Windows against which you can run commands to perform advanced Windows activation tasks.

You don't need to use Slmgr.vbs to activate Windows or change the product key, but you might need to if the normal activation process fails or if you get strange "Windows is not genuine" errors.

While the Slmgr.vbs file is stored in the System32 and SysWOW64 folders, commands that interface with the file need to be entered into Command Prompt.

TIP: Slmgr.vbs is used only for the Windows operating system. Ospp.vbs manages volume licensing for Microsoft Office products.

Slmgr Command Examples

slmgr [MachineName [username [password]]] [option]

After opening Command Prompt, enter the desired slmgr command like you see in these examples:

A regular Command Prompt can work for some of these tasks but others — ones that involve changing data and not just displaying it — require an elevated Command Prompt.

Build More Meaningful Personal Relationships at Work

This Simple Gesture Can Help You Build More Meaningful Personal Relationships at Work

Taking notes about people's personal lives might feel strange -- but the results can be transformative.

By Emma BrudnerDirector of People Operations,

Anyone who's worked with me knows that I don't have the greatest memory. They also know that I take notes -- about everything. (These two things are not unrelated.) 

A third fact about me? It's incredibly important that I show my coworkers I care personally about them -- and especially the people who report to me. 

Walking Meetings, how people better connect in 4 minutes

Steve Jobs Loved Walking Meetings. New Research Shows Why He Was Right

A new experiment shows how people can become better connected in 4 1/2 minutes or less.

By Minda Zetlin Co-author, The Geek Gap@MindaZetlin

Steve Jobs had a favorite way to hold a meeting with an employee, partner, or potential collaborator: He liked to walk, usually simply strolling around the company's neighborhood in Cupertino, California.

Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)Information for Specific Groups

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019

This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.

CDC is working across the Department of Health and Human Services and across the U.S. government in the public health response to COVID-19. Much is unknown about how the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads. Current knowledge is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses.

CDC Industry Guidance

CDC Business Sector

The best prevention against the coronavirus is still washing your hands. Here's the proper way to do it

By Scottie Andrew and Yiwen Niu, CNN

(CNN)When it comes to novel coronavirus protectionface masks are futile. There isn't a vaccine yet. So the best way to prevent transmission of the novel coronavirus is washing your hands -- thoroughly -- with soap and water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And yes, there's a right way to wash your hands. It's something of an art form -- a timed, multistep process that can involve some light singing.

Here's the CDC's official hand-washing how-to. All you need to follow along is a sink and soap.

How long can coronavirus survive on surfaces?


As a new coronavirus spreads quickly around the world, US health officials say they are "aggressively" assessing how long it can survive on surfaces to better understand the risk of transmission.

Based on what is known about similar coronaviruses, disease experts say the new outbreak of the virus, named COVID-19, is mainly spread from person to person through coughing or sneezing. Contact with fecal matter from an infected person may also transmit the virus.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it may be possible for a person to become infected by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.