Curveball / If you didn’t pivot did you even 2020?

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Pivot. Adapt. Resilience. There's a reason we've heard those words so often in 2020.

Curveball is the podcast that gives you an inside look into how top leaders cope with unexpected challenges. 

And as we settle up the books on a year that’s brought so much risk and uncertainty, those lessons on how to deal with change have never been more welcome! 

In this special festive season Curveball bonus episode, Smart Company Editor Eloise Keating tells you why her publication pivoted (there it is again) away from its usual ‘Smart 50’ awards and instead, singled out the country’s most resilient businesses for their annual accolades. 

And the adaptations have been incredible.  From stage-builders who now do a mean line in flat-pack home office furniture, to workplace clinicians who turned their skills to research.  A café which used all that shut-down time to help their community stay connected, and a lolly shop that realised people needed joyful Instagram stories just as much as sugar.  

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