Business lessons from Albert Camus

Who would have imagined that a 73-year-old novel called The Plague would have more than metaphorical significance in our own time? Yet here we are, beset by the coronavirus and still in possession of Albert Camus’s gorgeous and profound meditation on life in the shadow of death.

First published in French in 1947 and set in what was then the colonial Algerian city of Oran, the novel is often read as allegory, perhaps for occupied France under Nazi rule. Camus had lived through the occupation in Paris, risking his life to run the resistance newspaper Combat. It’s our dubious distinction that we can treat his novel of pestilence a good deal more literally than critics often have done.

Shutting yourself in for awhile? I can’t think of a better book to recommend to anyone just now. But business readers in particular will find it compelling on several fronts. It’s

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Stay Sharp While Social Distancing with This Deal on Rosetta Stone, Microbooks, and More

Just because you’re in isolation doesn’t mean it can’t be productive.


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Much of the world is fully engaged in social distancing due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19. For many, it’s still business as usual, just with more Zoom calls. But nonetheless, it’s bound to get a little boring from time to time with little to no social calendar. So, why not use any extra time you have productively to learn something new or expand your knowledge? The Social Distancing Lifetime Subscription Bundle will let you do just that and then some.

This bundle includes lifetime subscriptions to three top apps: Rosetta Stone, 12min Microbooks, and

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6 Conversations Entrepreneurs Must Have ASAP

Have these critical conversations sooner than later to get ahead of the crisis.


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Offices are closed. Production is halted. Billings for your products or services are frozen. Clients/customers have been lost, and crucial past receivables aren’t coming in.

While things will eventually turn around, no one knows when that will be the case — which makes it impossible to plan or budget strategically in order to stay afloat.

Related: This Is What the Ultimate Sales Conversation Sounds Like

Rather than be paralyzed or petrified, it’s crucial for business owners to proactively stave off disaster by quickly pursuing six categories of conversations. They may not be easy or comfortable to have, but for the sake of your organization, they must happen:

With small business bailout programs

Talk to your local and state elected officials and economic development

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Stay Busy and Productive This Weekend by Streaming Unlimited Documentaries

This documentary service may be a surprisingly productive use of your time.


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While nobody could fault you for binging Tiger King on Netflix this week, at some point during this extended period at home, you’re bound to end up in a spate of just watching TV for watching TV’s sake. There’s no problem with taking a break here and there, of course, but with so much time in our homes, it’s important to not get complacent. If you’re exhausted and just want to watch something before bed, at least consider CuriosityStream.

CuriosityStream is the award-winning streaming and on-demand platform launched by Discovery Communications founder John Hendricks.

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Does Sheryl Crow Really Use One Square of Toilet Paper at a Time?

Knowing the answer may actually help your cash flow.


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Toilet paper is certainly a hot item nowadays. But it doesn’t have to be. In fact, according some people — like musician Sheryl Crow — we use way too much of it.

“Now, I don’t want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit,” she wrote in a Huffington Post piece a few years back. “Except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required.”

No, Crow wasn’t talking about the latest shortage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. She was offering various ideas on how to save the environment, and limiting the use of toilet paper was just

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Transformation requires trust

On December 3, 2019, a remarkable event took place in a hotel ballroom in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Forty top national leaders from every major political tendency, region, and ethnic and religious group stood on the stage — in front of national and international dignitaries and media, and broadcasting live to an even wider audience — and held hands and read a declaration of the actions they would take, together, to improve the country’s future. The moment was extraordinary because the leaders explicitly demonstrated a capacity and willingness to work together that was in sharp contrast to the violent fragmentation that had persisted in the country after years of political unrest.

They had spent the previous two hours presenting the conclusions of Destiny Ethiopia, the work they had been doing together for seven months to figure out what was possible for Ethiopia by developing four scenarios of the future. The

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