Category Archives: Diversity and Inclusion

Post-Election Workplace Vigilance

January 3, 2017   

There are some disturbing post-election trends that could have an impact on your workplace and which suggest stepping up your efforts to make the work environment safe and secure for all your employees. There are widespread reports of a sharp increase in hate crimes, harassment, and racist incidents. Trying to make a direct link between […]

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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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Bias-Free Talent Management

February 22, 2016   

As I’ve mentioned throughout this series about bias in the workplace, you’ll never eliminate it altogether, but you can certainly minimize its often negative impacts that derail your best talent management efforts and decision-making. Howard Ross, whose ideas and writings I’ve relied on heavily for this series, lays out very practical steps to take throughout […]

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Unconscious Bias in Talent Management

February 8, 2016   

If you are human, you are biased. It’s the most basic point author and diversity expert Howard Ross has been making for years, most notably in his most recent book, Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives. How these biases affect the talent management process and what you can do about […]

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Diversity’s Dirty Secret

February 1, 2016   

It’s fairly common knowledge at this point that businesses and organizations like to think of themselves as committed to diversity, and yet far too many diversity efforts fail. I’ve written in the past about how one of the reasons this happens is by leaving inclusion out of the equation (see Why Diversity and Inclusion Efforts […]

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The “Silver Tsunami” and How to Make the Most of Your Older Employees

January 18, 2016   

The Strengths of Older Employees In the business world, and more specifically within talent management, it seems to be all about the Millennials. Recruiters, human resource experts, and industry insiders are all focused on how to attract, manage and retain workers in their 20s and 30s. This is undoubtedly a crucial segment of the workforce […]

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The Culture Focus at Airbnb

December 28, 2015   

If you’re unsure of what Airbnb does, it provides a website that lets people find and list lodging throughout the world, but not the kind of accommodations you’ll find on Expedia. Rather, it’s a peer-to-peer concept where you can temporarily rent private residences from people almost anywhere in the world.

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Cultural Integration for M&As

November 16, 2015   

Whenever two companies come together through the merger and acquisition (M&A) process, something many forget to consider are the difficulties that arise when two different company cultures come together. Oddly enough, even though it is this difference of cultures that often leads to M&A failure in delivering expected outcomes, surprisingly little attention is paid to […]

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Women and Leadership

May 29, 2015   

A few articles back I wrote about Women in the Workforce: Recent Trends, mentioning how women are working for major corporations but they aren’t leading them, with women holding only 16% of the director positions and only 4.6% of CEO positions at Fortune 500 companies. These statistics beg the question: What can women do to […]

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The Starbucks Race Together Initiative

April 15, 2015   

In the wake of police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz felt like the company should respond in some way. He started holding forums where employees could frankly and openly discuss their personal stories of the ways in which race and ethnicity have impacted their lives. […]

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