Archives for Leadership

Cultural Competence: Inability or Unwillingness?

By Dr. Ronald Harris Parker Cultural Competence: Inability or Unwillingness?   Management has two sets of workforce problems, those of today and those of tomorrow. Today’s problems stem from having a management group, the “old boy” network, overseeing a group of people (the other group) who are racially, ethnically and culturally different. Tomorrow’s problem is that the workforce will become more racially, ethnically and culturally diverse than it is today. With a growing LGBT community, the issue becomes even more profound. This phenomenon is a problem because successful management today and tomorrow will require that managers possess cultural competence. Cultural competence
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Without Humanity, Belonging and Process, sustainability of a corporation is questionable

By Dawn Fitch-Mitchell  Without Humanity, Belonging and Process, sustainability of a corporation is questionable   Standards of Diversity and Inclusion should be immersed into the business’ core values, not a basic program checkmark.   Humanity and Belonging are now measurements with value.  If they are not fused into your business strategy, your organization you will be fighting an uphill battle to gain respect of future talent and leaders.  Millennials and minorities are committing to your brand and choosing employment opportunities based on your organization’s visibility of inclusion actions and acceptance of diversity beyond race. Developing a diversity and inclusion strategy requires
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The Valley Experience for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners

By Stephanie Mitchell Hughes The Valley Experience for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Life is rarely one mountain top experience after another. Over the course of my life I have experienced the mountain top more than a few times. However, I have spent many more seasons lodged between mountains immersed in a valley experiences.   What is a valley experience? A valley experience is a transient period of adversity often sparked by a crisis or life shift. It is often a catalyst for growth and progress. Within the valley experience are the lessons that I must learn to navigate my next chapter.
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Bias, Transparency, Accountability: Recognizing the Ingredients of “Old Boy” Networks

  By Ronald Harris Parker Bias, Transparency, Accountability: Recognizing the Ingredients of  “Old Boy” Networks A granddaughter recently joined our family and my wife quilted a wall hanging for her with a phrase from Dr. Seuss, which read, “Oh the places she will go!”  My first comment after seeing the quilt was, “I love the quilt but I don’t know whether she will ever have the opportunity to go the places she could go.” My skepticism comes from the fact that frequently in today’s workplace women are evaluated on performance and men on potential. Men are more comfortable hiring, mentoring and
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News & Insights about Closing the Leadership Gender Gap

By Susan L. Colantuono News & Insights about Closing the Leadership Gender Gap Women don’t want to talk about it… men don’t want to own up to it. The far too silent barrier to women’s advancement is the dynamic of Non-Parental Gender-Based Role Expectations. Here’s why. About 10 years ago when we systematically started tracking gender dynamics, we didn’t specifically ask about outright harassment because most companies’ anti-harassment policies and practices seemed to be working fairly well. Instead we asked about overall “gender-based role expectations (non-parental)” and the dynamics of women being seen and treated as: sex objects (through the lens
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