Category Archives: Company Values

Voice Modulation Masks Gender but Doesn’t Work

July 21, 2017   

Recently, scandals at Uber and other tech companies have continued to draw attention to the fact that gender equity in the workplace is still an ongoing struggle and one that won’t be easily overcome with good intentions or even progressive policies. A key problem is that gender bias breed gender bias. Men are more likely […]

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Is Uber Unique or Are Other Tech Companies Just Lying?

July 1, 2017   

Travis Kalanick, the bullheaded CEO and founder of Uber, resigned last month after a private meeting in a downtown Chicago hotel that reportedly dragged on for hours.  It was in Chicago that Mr. Kalanick received a “surprise visit” from two venture capitalists: Matt Cohler and Peter Fenton of the Silicon Valley firm Benchmark, which is one of […]

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The 2017 Corporate Equality Report Released

June 10, 2017   

With Pride Day just around the corner, many corporations are getting out their rainbow flags and gearing up to celebrate the LGBT community. Only twenty-five years ago, however, corporate participation in Pride events was rare. Beyond a few alcohol companies who frequently sponsored early Pride Day events but for obvious reasons (Pride is a time […]

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How to Edit Employees’ Wardrobes with Tact

May 27, 2017   

It’s summer and that means that casual Fridays will soon start to bleed into other days of the week. Adding to this slippage is the arrival of summer interns who often either under dress or over dress the part in the workplace. This raises a critical question: How does one give feedback on an employee’s […]

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How the Sharing Economy Manages Talent

May 26, 2017   

As the sharing economy continues to grow, the need to address the sharing economy’s unique talent management concerns is also growing. To be clear, most sharing economy companies, such as Airbnb, Uber, Lyft and Task Rabbit, have their own traditional employees. These are the people who work onsite at their headquarters as engineers, communications experts, […]

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Why Amazon is Opening Brick and Mortar Stores

May 20, 2017   

When Amazon first appeared in the mid 1990s, it was in the book business, and most people who truly cared about books and independent book stores was an anti-Amazon activist. Twenty years later, a lot has changed. Amazon did force many small book retailers to close. Amazon went from selling books to just about everything […]

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Uber’s Diversity Report Confirms Organization’s Problems

March 30, 2017   

Earlier this week, the ride-sharing company Uber released its anticipated diversity report. The report was commissioned in February after a blog post by a former Uber engineer revealed widespread discrimination and sexual harassment problems at Uber’s headquarters in California. The report, while a first step, simply confirms what already appeared to be the case: Uber’s […]

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Uber’s Future is Now in Question

March 4, 2017   

A few years ago, Uber appeared to be on its way to becoming one of the most powerful companies in the world with its plans to transform work, lower traffic congestion in major cities, and even roll out self-driving vehicles. Behind Uber’s genius was an obsession with using data to make the very best decisions […]

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Why Teams Fail

February 3, 2017   

You’ve probably heard it more times than you can count – individual employees or managers complaining about dysfunctional teams. It’s especially frustrating because you know how vital it is to your organization’s success for teams to be highly functional and achieve optimal productivity. Knowing why teams fail is a good starting point. If you’ve never […]

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Is Your Company a Deliberately Developmental Organization?

January 3, 2017   

You want your company to become a world-class leader in its niche, and you’re more than likely familiar with the well-weathered notion of your company’s greatest asset – it’s people. When you first entered the field of talent management or human resources, did you have a vision for how to do things differently? Did you […]

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