What a Cereal Box Can Teach Us All About Unconscious Bias

The increasing use of social media means that, more than ever, celebrities, politicians and corporations are under the spotlight from millions of observers with a potentially global platform. Some things that might have gone largely unnoticed even 10 or 15 years ago can now gain near-instant headlines. Such was the case with a recent Kellogg’s cereal box design that angered some customers. The box displayed a number of anthropomorphic corn pops engaged in various activities in a mall. Writer Saladin Ahmed was quick to point out via Twitter, though, that the design contained only a single brown corn pop – a janitor operating a floor waxer. The image, said Ahmed, promoted racism. An NBC News a

Does Diversity Among Board Members Matter? Some Say "No"!

It’s no secret that corporate boards of directors are somewhat lacking in diversity. According to data from Spencer Stuart, only 15 percent of board seats at the top 200 S&P 500 companies are held by racial minorities and only 21 percent by women. We’ve frequently made the case that diversity and inclusion at all levels of an organization, but especially at the executive and board of director levels, makes powerful business sense for companies. As the U.S. market becomes more diverse and as countries like China and India and nations in Africa gain increasing buying power, U.S. companies need to understand diverse tastes, attitudes and values if they are going to compete effectively. Yet, rec

Are You an Inclusive Leader? Take This Self-Assessment

In our book, “Becoming an Inclusive Leader: How to Navigate the 21st Century Global Workforce,”we offer insights on critical traits that inclusive leaders need to have, or should develop, to ensure that they can engage others in achieving mutual goals and objectives. Here’s the list; score yourself on each item on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being high/positive: Ego management. To what extent are you able to control your urge to be "the smartest person in the room"? Open to a wide range of inputs. Do you gather input from a wide range of diverse sources before forming an opinion or making a decision? Intellectual curiosity. Are you continually attuned to, and positively impacted by, the conditi

Market Disruption: Inclusive Leaders Can Excel!

Being a well-established organization can be a double-edged sword. While name recognition and a firmly-entrenched reputation are attributes desired by many organizations, it also means it can be difficult to adapt company culture and brands to changing markets. These firms are often on the lookout for market disruptors – companies that shatter the paradigm of how things have traditionally been done in an industry. Think, desktop computer, iPhone, Uber, etc. But even established companies can adapt and disrupt their markets to gain an advantage. In an article for Forbes, Susanna Schrobsdorff looks at how well-established companies like Mattel and Campbell Soup have worked to rediscover themse

Gen Z and the Millennials: A Sharp Contrast

We’ve written previously about some of the differences and similarities between Generation Z and millennials. As time goes by, that topic is becoming increasingly relevant as more and more members of Generation Z — those born between 1995 and 2010 — start entering the workforce. Forbes contributor Deep Patel wrote a recent article in which he laid out what he sees as the eight greatest ways Generation Z will differ from millennials in the workplace. The article is interesting in the way it reinforces much of what we’ve written previously. According to Patel, this generation is: Motivated by Security While many millennials were just entering the job market during the Great Recession, Generati

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