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diversity

Diversity is NOT a four-letter word

  Last week, as I’m sure you’ve heard, a Google engineer had his very own Jerry Maguire moment. He penned a 3,000-word memo diving deep into gender biases, and (I’m generalizing here) concluding that biological differences explain why there isn’t equal representation of women in tech and leadership positions. Apparently, according to “Jerry”, women are more agreeable and strive for work-life...

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GPTW Great Place to Work

GPTW: Learning from the best of the best

  Last week, I attended the Great Place to Work Conference in Chicago. This enormous and well-attended conference is hosted annually by the Great Place to Work (GPTW), which developed and publishes the 100 Best Companies to Work For list in Fortune magazine, among many other top workplace awards. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Fortune 100 Best List, and GPTW...

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Stop begging candidates

Stop begging your candidates!

  We have been doing a lot of work lately helping our clients to define their Employee Value Proposition (or EVP), and one thing that I’ve LOVED seeing is how many of our clients are embracing the fact that their company isn’t for everyone. All too often, companies are so focused on “selling” their workplace to prospective employees, that they lose...

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employee experience

The Employee Experience Summit Recap

Last week, I had the pleasure of chairing the Advanced Learning Institute’s Employee Experience Summit here in New York. It was tremendously energizing to step away from my daily work and spend a few days with so many super-smart people who care so deeply about creating meaningful employee experiences. When you consider that the average worker spends about 90,000 hours at...

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mindfulness

Mindfulness for the Real World

  “Between stimulus and response, there is a space.” – Viktor Frankl   At a recent planning session for our team, we spent quite a bit of time discussing mindfulness. Yes, mindfulness has become quite the buzzword lately, but what exactly is it? And what might it mean in the real world, outside the yoga studio? According to UC Berkeley’s Greater Good, mindfulness is defined...

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LGBT Transgender Communication

Transparency in LGBT Communications

Last year, our CEO published a response (see below) to North Carolina's "bathroom bill." Way back in spring 2016, it was widely viewed as the most anti-LGBT law in the country. Of course, the LGBT community faces a number of new challenges today. And while this recent order focuses primarily on repealing protection for transgender students, this is a critical time to communicate with – and show...

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