Are Best Practices Harmful?

“That’s the way we’ve always done it.” This statement, one you have likely heard more than once in your career, should be a warning. Best practices may not be the tried and true processes we’ve relied on but rather outdated ideas that should be re-examined. Continue reading

ESG: No Longer “Green Window Dressing”

Corporations have often taken the position that when it comes to sustainability or other socially responsible issues, the costs outweigh the benefits for the bottom line. In his book Capitalism and Freedom, published in 1962, economist Milton Friedman wrote: Continue reading

2017 Making Strides Toward Diversity

The first quarter of 2017 is just coming to a close but already gender diversity on boards seems to be a popular topic, cropping up in several studies and news articles. Here are some headlines that have caught my eye over the last few months: Continue reading

Future Leaders: Millennial Women

Depending on how you look at the millennial generation, they are either innovative and optimistic or entitled youth with outsized expectations. As with most things, the truth is somewhere in the middle. Millennials may have been more cosseted than past generations and they were not prepared for massive college debt, the recession, and subsequent jobs crisis. Yet this generation also prioritizes meaning and value over paychecks and advancement and has excellent possibility as future leaders. Continue reading

Managing Conflict

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Conflict is a fact of life, in business or otherwise. Yet, managed incorrectly, conflict can have devastating effects: strained relationships, lost productivity, and low morale. Even at C-suite levels, executives try to avoid unpleasant conversations, with deleterious results. Rather than creating more conflict, learning to deal with conflict in a constructive manner can lead to better business outcomes. Continue reading