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Is My Bias Showing? What Bias?

Knowing we are all biased may be a hard pill to swallow. Unconscious bias is a key component of diversity and inclusion; it impacts our workplace relationships every day. It is not a question of if we are biased, but knowing which bias is at play is the first step to...

Diversity and Inclusion in Business

ECCO International recently attended a panel discussion hosted by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal Forum.  The speakers came from the private and public sectors and consisted of three men and three women, three of whom were people of color. A few common...

Middle Managers: Diversity and Inclusion

Change is a messy business. The changes to incorporate diversity and inclusion into an organization can be even more so. The brutal fact is that about 70% of all change initiatives fail. Why?  Because in most of the cases organizational-change failures are driven by …...

How to Motivate Employees

If you’re a manager, you may be faced with the issue of how to motivate employees on a monthly, weekly or even daily basis. It turns out that there is science to support the idea that your words really do matter. What word you may ask? Together. That is the operative...

Is Your Boss a Millennial?

For those of us who are Baby Boomers, having a millennial boss (or client) is no longer outside of the realm of possibilities. Can you avoid a generational clash? How does someone from Generation Y run the show? First, let’s take a look at a few perceptions about...

The Board of Directors Pipeline

An organization’s board of directors is seldom a diverse group. In terms of inclusion, it is often filled with “people who know people.” The gender diversity facts speak for themselves. Women account for only 20% of all S&P 500 directors An average board of directors...

The Power Status Gap

We’ll tell you right now that we are not the bearer of diversity and inclusion good tidings. We come bearing disheartening news for women and people of color. First – the old news. We’ve already reported in a previous blog that, statistically speaking, women make...

Diversity and Inclusion on Campus

When one looks at a career path, a frequent stepping stone is from a University into Corporate America. Some of the diversity and inclusion battles being fought in corporations and organizations, are being fought first at colleges and universities. Recently, Florida...

Women’s History Month

When you are a member of a disadvantaged group or minority, you may get a month assigned to you for special recognition. March is Women’s History Month. In previous posts, we’ve highlighted the obstacles which are facing women in leadership and STEM (science,...

#OscarsSoWhite

The 2015 hashtag #OscarsSoWhite grew legs and ran a marathon. The all-white roster of nominees at the 2015 Academy Awards was repeated in 2016. Some of Hollywood’s elite boycotted this year’s ceremony and the host, Chris Rock, made the issue the centerpiece of his...

Employee Motivation and Engagement

How to Motivate Employees How often have you concluded a meeting or training session with a motivational video? Perhaps it shows an athlete scaling a mountain cliff as words float past. Or it takes place in a locker room with a coach giving an impassioned speech to...

Gender Lessons from Hollywood

An all-white roster of acting nominees at the 2015 Academy Awards inspired the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite on social media and increased scrutiny of the lack of diversity in the ranks of the organization. The Academy’s 7,000 members are largely white and male. What would...