• FOUR LEADERSHIP ELEMENTS TO MANAGE TEAMS DURING THESE UNPRECEDENTED TIMES

    With the current pandemic, economic crisis and social injust

    FOUR LEADERSHIP ELEMENTS TO MANAGE TEAMS DURING THESE UNPRECEDENTED TIMES

    With the current pandemic, economic crisis and social injustice not just occurring only in the workplace, employees have been experiencing work-life imbalance. The workplace and home have become one and the same for many. Staying safe no matter where they find themselves is crucial as the impact physically and mentally is more apparent. This means managers need to lead with greater focus on the wellbeing of their team members. Several different work scenarios have impacted how we work in the last few years, presenting challenging workplace circumstances for managers. Some of those have included:

    1. WORKING FROM HOME

    Whether with others or alone, working from home poses challenges. If employees have children, they are home from school and require support. School is in sessions as the workday begins. That is not different but what has changed is all of it is happening under one roof, using one internet source, and requiring parental support, depending on the age of the children.

  • DIVERSIFY YOUR TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT PORTFOLIO

    Much of my best career performances occurred when I worked f

    DIVERSIFY YOUR TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT PORTFOLIO

    Much of my best career performances occurred when I worked for managers I did not want to disappoint. Coincidence? Not even close. I’ve had managers who took an interest in my development and I’ve had managers who threw furniture across the room. While you learn from both (how NOT to do something can be a powerful lesson), let’s assume none of us aspire to be furniture throwers. People tend to care more about (and work harder for) people who think they are worth investing in.

    So much has been written about being a good leader, manager, motivator, etc., etc., etc. Where does one even begin to hone leadership skills? The good news is that you can make a real impact and it costs little to nothing to kick it off.

  • The Real Diversity Stars of Atlanta

    There’s no secret that Americans are obsessed with reality

    The Real Diversity Stars of Atlanta

    There’s no secret that Americans are obsessed with reality television shows. Although castmates do little more than portray themselves, millions tune in to watch these ordinary people revel in their celebrity status and the rewards of high salaries, fabulous fashions and millions of adoring fans.

    Not everyone who is deserving receives this level of recognition and rewards, which is why we are aiming our camera on 11 of diversity’s top influencers. Although these ladies are in Atlanta, their reach is global. They are some of the country’s most sought-after leaders in supplier diversity and diversity and inclusion. They are leaders of some of the most progressive and successful corporate programs, diversity advocacy organizations and diversity consultancies. Collectively, these diversity stars are credited with hundreds of millions of dollars in diverse supplier contracts and have impacted the work lives of thousands of diverse employees. They don’t have cameras following them daily, but they are well respected and celebrated by the many people who benefit from their professional work and passion for community. We introduce profiles of “The Real Diversity Stars of Atlanta.”

  • Wassel Lewis Champions Diversity at Aflac and Beyond

    Wassel Lewis believes that since we live in a country that i

    Wassel Lewis Champions Diversity at Aflac and Beyond

    Wassel Lewis believes that since we live in a country that is extremely diverse, it makes sense to have a workforce and supplier base that reflects that diversity. As director of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement at Aflac, his vision is to instill that notion and make it part of the company’s overall business plan and culture going forward.

    “Supplier diversity is extremely important to Aflac because we believe it’s the right thing to do for the communities in which we serve. However, it is also a business consideration. Today’s marketplace is as diverse as it has ever been, and we want to reflect that in our workforce and through the suppliers that represent our brand. It is a key pillar of our overall growth strategy,” Lewis said.