Archives for Leadership

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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“How To Stop Cyberbullying From Hurting Your Business”

By Greg Williams “How To Stop Cyberbullying From Hurting Your Business”   “Cyberbullying is an act that can make the weak feel stronger and the strong feel weaker.” -Greg Williams, The Master Negotiator & Body language Expert In our connected world, cyberbullying can greatly affect businesses. And the types of cyberbullying that can occur, such as bad reviews, false claims and trolling/harassment can occur for reasons of retribution or corporate positioning for a negotiation. Why these attacks occur and how to confront them is the point of this article.       Cyberbullying – Cause, Why: Bullies tend to target those that
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Lessons Learned for the New Veteran Entrepreneur

By Greg Jenkins Lessons Learned for the New Veteran Entrepreneur   There are a number of business considerations for any new Veteran Entrepreneur.  As a fellow Veteran Entrepreneur, I fully expected and anticipated a few considerations prior to striking out on my own, but I quickly found myself learning other things through discovery, mistakes and hard lessons.  My goal here is to share with you some of my lessons learned and best practices so you may avoid some of the mistakes I made along the way.   WHY ARE YOU STARTING A BUSINESS? So first of all, what is your
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