• FOSTERING INCLUSION: LESSONS FROM ACADEMIA

    Business and academia share a common challenge. While both h

    FOSTERING INCLUSION: LESSONS FROM ACADEMIA

    Business and academia share a common challenge. While both have made strides in diversity recruiting, inclusion can be treated as an afterthought—an omission that can undo the work an organization or institution puts into its recruiting strategy.

    Based on our work at The PhD Project, I know that once minority Ph.D’s secure a position in academia, they oftentimes feel left adrift, alone to navigate a nuanced, insiders’ world that doesn’t include them. That leads to turnover among faculty the institution actively sought to recruit. And we see the same scenario play out in the business world.

  • New Year! Better perspective to be inspired to lead and win

    Winter is in full effect. The holidays tend to bring two con

    New Year! Better perspective to be inspired to lead and win

    Winter is in full effect. The holidays tend to bring two converging trends, the joy of gifts and gatherings and the sadness of loneliness and loss. In the workplace, individuals are happy that they have achieved their goals and received financial recognition and promotion. While others have lost their jobs or fear to lose them because they haven’t been achieving. Individuals who are focused on succeeding should have another perspective of how to approach winter. Spend time reflecting to reposition yourself for the new year while getting rejuvenated for growth with these three key strategies.

    There is the old saying, “When you know better, you do better.” We can go a step further and consider the six or nine perspectives. Take the time to solicit 360 feedback from all your stakeholders. Customers, managers, peers, subordinates, friends, and others you interact with can provide positive and corrective feedback. The key is to be open to the various perspectives and the information they share.

  • THE BREAKUP: CAREER + IDENTITY

    Like many others, I am one of those people who likes to be g

    THE BREAKUP: CAREER + IDENTITY

    Like many others, I am one of those people who likes to be good at everything, even things that I simply “try.” Yes, it’s a bit unrealistic seeing as how people are rarely good at anything they’ve only just tried. It’s the perfectionist in me—to be a great performer.

    Many of us have high standards for just about anything, especially things that we give time and attention to. In most cases, this has benefited us. It’s been the reason we’ve been president of student organizations, bought the cars of our dreams, been successful in amazing jobs, and made lifestyle advances in other areas that make us feel “we’ve made it.” Yet, lines may become blurred between our identity and what we know to be success.

  • The Leverage Effect: Women’s Power to Foster Equity

    The biggest mistake women make about power is believing that

    The Leverage Effect: Women’s Power to Foster Equity

    The biggest mistake women make about power is believing that they have none, or that their power only matters in certain situations. While women’s participation in economic, social and political arenas is gaining speed, experiencing gender equity is far from being realized. We must keep at the forefront the leverage effect of women’s power to experience the imperative for gender parity. Where women can realize success in protecting the full turf is when women focus their power on advocating for equity.

    In April, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) was the first person to give birth while serving as a U.S. senator. Now as a new mother, she faces a rule that may affect her ability to do either job—senator and parent— properly—children are banned from the voting floor. That means if the senator has to vote at a time that she also has to care for her baby, she’ll likely have to be absent from work, and her voice will be silenced when her constituency needs it.