One of the common critiques against efforts to advance workplace diversity is that deliberate manipulation of talent management processes to increase numbers based on race, gender, etc. doesn’t always promote worthy candidates. Instead, diversity critics say the people who are pushed forward for positions are often ill qualified and undeserving. These critics believe that promotions … Continue reading Potential, the Unsung Talent Promotion Criteria that Could
My biggest beef with diversity in the workplace is that people say things they don’t mean. They do things for effect, because they think they should, or because they feel pressure to act and appear a certain way. But at the end of the day, if you don’t believe in what you’re doing, it’s not … Continue reading Wait, I Thought It Was Okay to Work from Home
Diversity of thought is the antithesis of groupthink. It spits in the face of likeminded-ness. Okay, that was harsh, but you know what I mean. Diversity of thought welcomes ideation, innovation, creativity. It takes the average company’s blind and lazy adherence to the status quo and wrings its neck, and with good reason. Adhering to … Continue reading 3 Ways a Lack of Thought Diversity Hurts Companies
There’s nothing worse than a leader who refuses to admit when he or she is wrong. That goes for companies too. If you’re a leader in your industry, a household name, whatever, that does not make you perfect – that just makes you popular. Therefore, if you do something wrong, own up to it already. … Continue reading Google, Just Come Clean Already
You shouldn’t be able to sue so easily these days. It’s too easy and too punitive. I’m not saying it’s not necessary. Of course, it is. There are company cultures that actively breed employee mistreatment. In those organizations bias is as common as bathroom breaks, and it’s just as institutionalized. In those cases, sometimes a … Continue reading These Days, Are Companies Too Scared of Litigation?
I’m a sucker for packaging. It’s probably because I’m in the media and headlines are my business. I live for messaging that hooks and reels you in like a caught fish. The right word combo – you’ve got all my attention. For instance, I ran across The Only Way to Beat Unconscious Biases in the … Continue reading Are You Using the Diversity Leaders in Your Organization?
So, April 4th was Equal Pay Day. It’s not a bank holiday, so no one got to stay home from work, but it is an important date for women. LeanIn.org, the nonprofit Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg created to make the workplace better for women, launched its latest campaign/hashtag on the 4th. Joining #BanBossy and #LeanInTogether, #20PercentCounts … Continue reading Equal Pay Day and Voting with Your Feet
What the h – e – double hockey sticks, right? Why on earth would I promote the idea that diversity should be selfish? What about inclusion? Unity? Collaboration? Equality? Well, it all depends on who’s being selfish and why. Earlier this month I ran into this article on Forbes.com. In it staffer Katheryn Thayer detailed … Continue reading Diversity Should Be Selfish.
So, this week I took part in a protest. It’s my first one in recent memory, so it was notable. Let me be clear; I was not in the streets under a hot sun with police dogs nipping at my heels or fire hoses threatening. In observance of the International Woman’s Day A Day Without … Continue reading A Day Without a Woman at Work