Category Archives: Culture

Corporate Support for Black Lives Matter

October 2, 2016   

This past week, the Black Lives Matter movement found a new ally in a very unlikely place. In an impassioned speech to company employees, Randall Stephenson, the White CEO of AT&T, told his employees that “Our communities are being destroyed by racial tension…and we’re too polite to talk about it.” While such words are not […]

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How Companies Drive Social Change

September 24, 2016   

During the Ebola crisis, a surprising leader emerged, and it was not Doctors Without Borders, the WHO or the Red Cross. Rather, it was Firestone—a company better known for manufacturing tires. What Firestone did was respond quickly and effectively to the first signs of the Ebola outbreak, put appropriate checks in place to identify potential […]

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Makerspaces: New Way to Recruit Talent?

August 31, 2016   

If you don’t already know, “makerspaces” are one of the newest things in education. Taking a page from punk’s DIY (do-it-yourself) handbook, makerspaces have recently popped up in libraries, schools and community centers across the nation. While they are sometimes back-to-basics workshops complete with metal works and woodshops, most are equipped with 3-D printers, computers […]

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Why Organizations Get Stuck

August 21, 2016   

Over the past two years, the United States has been plagued with high-profile police shootings, primarily of young Black men. Of course, these incidents are not new or unique. Police units across the United States have been struggling with racism for years. The question is simple: Why can’t they change? That’s precisely the question Barbara […]

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When Progressive Policies Backfire

August 10, 2016   

It’s a common practice in higher education to give new parents “clock relief.” The practice, which started about 30 years ago, is designed to help new parents manage the tenure process. Typically, professors are hired—most are in the early to mid 30s by the time they start their first job—and they have 7 years to […]

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Flexibility and Olympic Success

August 10, 2016   

In recent months, most commentaries have agreed on one thing–Brazil’s 2016 Summer Olympics will pose unique challenges. So far, this has proven true. As the clock ticked down to the opening ceremony, the world watched the country’s leadership collapsed. A declining economy and the rising threat of the Zika virus only added to the nation’s woes. By the time the […]

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Fit versus Diversity in Hiring

June 25, 2016   

An increasing number of companies are running into a distressing conundrum that pits the need for hiring people who are a good “fit” for an organization against more recent notions that make a strong case for diversity as a hiring goal. Are these two common hiring goals mutually exclusive? If not, what is the way […]

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The Rise of Transgender Issues in the Workplace

June 25, 2016   

Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 established as federal law the prohibition against private employers engaging in discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, it has only been very recently that that the law’s Title VII has been interpreted to include gender identity and gender expression, thereby providing protection to transgender […]

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Businesses Standing with Orlando

June 20, 2016   

After last week’s tragic massacre in Orlando, businesses around the world launched campaigns to express their support for the victims and for the broader LGBT community. Delta Airlines, for example, paid for advertisements in high-profile locations in major cities across the United States. The advertisements feature a ribbon that combines the American and Pride flags. […]

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Cross Cultural Time at Work

June 11, 2016   

There is possibly nothing more generative than a cross-cultural team, but cross-cultural teams also come with challenges and at times, misunderstandings. Among the challenges posed by cross cultural teams are members’ very different feelings about deadlines. Stereotypes not withstanding, some cultures are more punctual than other cultures, and in the workplace this can and does […]

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