How Businesses Can Advance from Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Toward Anti-Racism

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“Diversity and Inclusion aren’t good enough.”

“If Black Lives Matter, why doesn’t your leadership team have any Black representation?”

“If we stand against systemic and widespread…

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Why Businesses Should Value People and Planet as Well as Profit

Old paradigms of business continue to wreak havoc on the global economy. In business schools, we are taught that captains of industry are tasked with serving shareholders above all others because that’s what businesses were placed on the Earth to do: to grow and thrive, creating needed products for customers. Through this misguided precedent, the highest priority for business leaders was to keep the business alive under the auspices of returning increasingly larger amounts of profit to those who invested in our companies. If we didn’t, our shareholders would go elsewhere. …

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by Ken Blanchard, February 04, 2019

People often ask me, “How does a servant leader effectively give feedback when a direct report’s performance is less than ideal?” Great question!

Like many of you, I’ve been a practicing servant leader most of my life — even before I had heard the phrase servant leadership. In fact, the two leadership models I am best known for around the world — The One Minute Manager® and SLII®­­ — are examples of servant leadership in action. To answer the question, I’ll start with a quick overview of the Three Secrets of The One Minute…

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Organization development (OD) is an interdisciplinary and primarily behavioral science approach that draws from such fields as organization behavior, management, business, psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, education, counseling, and public administration. A primary, though not exclusive, goal of OD is to improve organizational effectiveness.

  • The target of the change effort is the whole organization, departments, work groups, or individuals within the organization and, as mentioned earlier, may extend to include a community, nation, or region.
  • OD recognizes the importance of top management’s commitment, support, and involvement. …

In 2012, President Obama surprised the world when he logged onto Reddit and typed, “Ask me anything.” The forty-fourth president of the United States fielded unscripted, crowdsourced questions on topics like the troop surge in Afghanistan, sports teams (he’s a Chicago Bulls fan), money in politics, and net neutrality, among others. Most of his responses have long since been forgotten. But his extreme transparency — and vulnerability — left a lasting impression.

Since then, business leaders such as Bill Gates and Elon Musk have sat in the Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) hot seat. Why? In today’s digital world, transparency…

Nearly 50 years after Robert K. Greenleaf pioneered the concept of servant leadership, its key characteristics speak more loudly to today’s growing millennial workforce than to any other. Greenleaf emphasized that the servant leader “focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong.”

Regardless of age or generation, everyone is searching for purpose in the workplace, so there’s no surprise that more and more business leaders are adopting servant leadership characteristics to achieve greater success for their organizations and the people that work for them.

According to Larry Spears, a widely-recognized servant leadership…

I’ve been talking about servant leadership for a quite some time — in fact, everything I’ve ever taught has its roots in the philosophy of leaders serving their people. I consider servant leadership to be a major part of my legacy.

But most people have a lot more experience following than they do leading. I’ve heard we spend an estimated 90 percent of our working lives as followers, not leaders. If that’s true, followership may actually be more important than leadership — particularly when the follower is a servant leader.

If you’re skeptical about that last phrase, you’re not alone…

Introverts rock. Often times, people think that a big, vibrant personality is needed to succeed in the workplace. That simply is not true. Sometimes it’s the quietest people who have the loudest minds.

The world is starting to awaken to the power of introverted leaders. When I wrote the first edition of The Introverted Leader: Building On Your Quiet Strength almost 10 years ago, it was before introversion was part of the global conversation.

Back then, people asked me if the title was an oxymoron. “How can you be a leader and an introvert?” One reporter writing on the subject…

For years, “organizational culture” was considered a trendy, transient buzzword in the corporate world, but it has become so much more than a passing phase. Company Culture is now an employee recruitment and retention tool because HR directors know the right culture fosters productivity, engagement, and innovation.

Culture refers to the working environment created by an organization’s values, strategic vision, and mission. It also sets the tone for relationships between people in an organization. And what is one of the biggest influencers of organizational culture? Leadership.

The best leaders strive to influence culture through their leadership. But it’s how they…


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