Helping Senior Leaders Overcome Fear to Move Forward in a Changing World

It’s trite, but true. The only thing constant about change is that it’s constant! Particularly in the environment we currently live in where market forces, political and economic policies and technology are continually shifting and evolving, leaders must be prepared to respond appropriately to the myriad of changes around them. As this McKinsey Quarterly report suggests, CEOs play an important role in helping their top leaders “work through fear and denial to learn new roles.” There are both rational and emotional elements at work here, Derek Dean points out in this article, sometimes causing leaders to suffer from paralysis or, as he says: “plain old white-knuckled fear.” It’s the kind of f

A Different Look at Diversity: Do We Need More Male OB-GYNs?

When people talk about diversity and inclusion, the implicit assumption is typically that they are talking about the inclusion of traditionally marginalized groups, like women and minorities. But inclusion means including everyone, even groups that have traditionally enjoyed a privileged position in the workplace. The benefits of diversity and inclusion derive from a number of factors, including the incorporation of a wide range of perspectives and experiences and the ability to connect with an increasingly diverse national and global marketplace. So how do these factors come into play when dealing with a necessarily all-female market—those giving birth? NPR’s Morning Edition recently carrie

Combating a Bias for "People Like Me"

We’ve made the case for years that companies should put effort into improving the diversity and inclusion in their workforces, from top to bottom. And we’ve made that case based on business reasons, not simply out of a sense to do good and be fair. Businesses benefit from including a diverse range of perspectives, experiences and insights in their companies. In an article for Forbes, Josh Bersin cites data from a number of sources to bolster this point: McKinsey's research shows that gender-diverse companies are 15% more likely to outperform their peers and ethnically-diverse companies are 35% more likely to do the same. Catalyst research shows that companies with more women on the board sta

Facebook: Supporting Age Bias?

Facebook has been in the news quite a bit lately over alleged wrongdoing in the social media giant’s business practices. There have been allegations surrounding the 2016 US Presidential Election that Facebook didn’t do enough to detect and stop meddling from foreign factions, and there have been numerous allegations of intentional or at least negligent violations of basic privacy protections when it comes to user data. In a recent article for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Allen Smith, J.D. reports that the company is again in the spotlight. Smith reports on a December 2017 class action suit that alleges that employers are blocking older Facebook users from seeing their ad

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