Talent Management

How do we educate college students in the 21st century for productive careers in business and to become leaders whose companies serve the variety of stakeholders who depend upon them? Leaders in business education are asking themselves these questions as they recognize that business programs are too narrowly focused on a specific set of applied
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Many salient ally actions such as pursuing self-awareness, understanding others, demonstrating empathy, creating an inclusive work environment, advocating for others and helping employees achieve their potential are all essential, both to running a successful business and creating a workplace defined by respect, fairness and equality. In truth, you really can’t be an effective leader without
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Seeing companies striving to rise to the challenge of addressing racial biases and inequities in the wake of the George Floyd travesty reminded me of a study on diversity programs that I co-authored with Columbia anthropologist Catherine Ellis more than 25 years ago. The lessons we gleaned—on what works and what does not—are just as
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In recent years, socially responsible investing has become increasingly important to companies and individuals alike. So much so that in 2019 alone, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds with a focus on sustainability raked in $20.6 billion of total new assets.1 What has brought about this sudden surge in interest? There is growing evidence showing companies
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In the first part of this two-part series, authors of BEYOND GREAT: Nine Strategies for Thriving in an Era of Social Tension, Economic Nationalism, and Technological Revolution (October 6, PublicAffairs), offered four steps CEOs can take to enable their companies to achieve a state of “always-on transformation.” The book outlines nine strategies for incumbents to
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Corporations across all sectors are now forced to operate in an environment of unprecedented volatility that has rendered traditional business strategy obsolete. Global warming is at its fastest recorded pace, market volatility is at its high measured point, and average company lifespan is predicted to continue falling. And that was all before the Covid-19 crisis
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As a CEO who spends countless hours studying, nurturing and yes, obsessing, over every nuance of our company’s culture, I was intrigued when I read a recent email from a trusted advisor, whom I’ll call “Jill.” Jill, who has observed the growth of our company for many years, complimented our “wonderful culture” but followed her
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Office politics, using power in a work setting to achieve personal gain, is poisonous to company culture. It can damage trust and shatter teams. It can devastate morale and traumatize high performers. The personal toll from office politics also has significant bottom line impacts. According to the American Institute of Stress, the estimated annual productivity
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“I should lead by example—not lecture people on what they should ultimately be doing.” —Kara Goldin, CEO, Hint Water Target store one evening in March and executed a corporate duty she’d left behind a decade ago: merchandising. In the teeth of an unfolding pandemic, the CEO of San Francisco-based Hint Water decided to go where
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With a national dialogue swirling around equity and inclusion, the data show that corporate America is still struggling with the basics of diversity and representation. According to a recently published McKinsey report, only 15 percent of the executive teams they surveyed in the United States and the United Kingdom had female representation, and more than
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