Studies have shown that well-managed, diverse teams outperform homogenous teams.  But, even companies with the best intentions struggle to create the inclusive workforces they say they seek.  Since bias in recruitment, selection and development is extremely hard to eliminate, HBR recommends interrupting it.   The first step is to understand how bias plays out in everyday workplace interactions.  For […]

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Diverse teams outperform homogenous teams.  According to Harvard Business Review, they’re more committed, have higher collective intelligence, and are better at making decisions and solving problems.  Diversity starts with inclusive hiring practices.  Here are two to consider.   Insist on a truly diverse candidate pool.  Not just one person of color or one white woman.  Why?  HBR says research shows that the odds […]

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This week’s reports have focused on interrupting workplace bias.  According to Harvard Business Review, hiring and maintaining a diverse workforce comes with many proven benefits.  To get an inclusive staff you must start with hiring.  Here are two ways to adjust your practices. Limit referral hiring.  Hiring from within or from employee’s social networks can perpetuate homogeneity. Instead, actively […]

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New York TimesColumnist Maya Salam wrote recently about the unintended consequences of the ‘Me Too’ movement, and the harm it could be doing to women in business.  Salam says she’s increasingly learning of men who refuse to have any contact with female colleagues for fear of being accused of inappropriate behavior.   Since men still dominate leadership […]

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Research conducted at University of Buffalo School of Management confirms that gender bias is still a big issue for women seeking c-level positions. Communal, nurturing traits that women are more likely to display aren’t viewed as leader-like. We still award dominating male behaviors with leadership roles, even when team-building skills are lacking. If you’re a […]

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Your First Instincts Can Steer You Wrong In a recent interview, Princeton Professor Betsy Levy Paluck made a case for not fully trusting your first instincts. “We rush to simplify,” she said, drawing boundaries around our team and trying to make sense of a situation by justifying what’s right for ourselves. In such moments, our […]

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