Home Court Advantage: How a Basketball Team Builds Ties to Its Community
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Home Court Advantage: How a Basketball Team Builds Ties to Its Community

On a Saturday night at the Barclays Center in January, a young boy sits courtside to see his favorite player in action. He holds a sign high up above his head reading “all the way from Melbourne, Australia to see Kyrie.” The Brooklyn Nets point guard notices, and in an act of kindness, he walks […]

BY Evan Hong | January 31, 2020

How to Infuse Digital DNA into Your Future-Ready Workforce
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How to Infuse Digital DNA into Your Future-Ready Workforce

In case you had any doubt about technology’s unprecedented role in our lives today, here’s a statistic for you. It took 62 years for the automobile to reach 50 million users, but Pokémon Go reached 50 million users in only 19 days. Times have definitely changed, and technology is more accessible and integrated into our […]

BY Mina Morris | January 24, 2020

Corporate Culture: Why It Can Pay to Put Employees First
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Corporate Culture: Why It Can Pay to Put Employees First

While almost everyone agrees that a company’s culture is the No. 1 key to its long-term success, the best expression of that culture is probably not platitudes but programs–real things a business does to show its workers and other stakeholders what it believes in. What does the fabric of culture look like? Imagine having a […]

BY Sheila Flynn | January 21, 2020

TOMS in Turnaround: Can a Purposeful Pioneer Reinvent Itself?
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TOMS in Turnaround: Can a Purposeful Pioneer Reinvent Itself?

Even the most groundbreaking companies with a cause need to keep evolving to stay on their feet. TOMS, the shoe company that pioneered a mix of sales and philanthropy, is now under new ownership. The company launched in 2006 with an uplifting promise–“With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes […]

BY Evan Hong | January 14, 2020

How Can We Get Bias Out of Our Systems?
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How Can We Get Bias Out of Our Systems?

As diversity-and-inclusion programs have become standard across most corporations, they’ve made strides toward better equity in pay, organizational culture, and advancement opportunities. But what remains stubborn is bias, not only individual but systemic. How do we root it out? That’s the question panelists tackled at From Day One’s Los Angeles conference during a conversation moderated […]

BY Sheila Flynn | January 2, 2020

#MeToo in the Workplace: How Have Things Changed?
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#MeToo in the Workplace: How Have Things Changed?

The progress of the #MeToo movement has come in waves, starting in 2006 by activist Tarana Burke and then growing substantially in 2017 with the explosion of revelations about high-powered perpetrators of workplace sexual harassment. Now comes a fitting time to take stock of what could be the third wave: the real impact of the […]

BY Quinisha Jackson-Wright | December 20, 2019

How a Social Scientist Measures Kindness in Life and Diversity on Screen
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How a Social Scientist Measures Kindness in Life and Diversity on Screen

“Why now, for kindness?” The question stems from buzz around the recent launch of UCLA’s Bedari Kindness Institute, which will conduct scientific research on kindness and its outcomes among members of society. “We live in very polarized times, and we have lots of questions plaguing us about how we treat our fellow human beings,” explained […]

BY Quinisha Jackson-Wright | December 19, 2019

To Promote True Advocacy, Don’t Be an Ally: Be an Accomplice
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To Promote True Advocacy, Don’t Be an Ally: Be an Accomplice

This essay was first published on Forge, Medium’s new channel on personal development. I sometimes introduce myself as a “professional African American” when I travel the country to give ally skills workshops — often while looking out at a sea of white faces. It’s a joke, of course, but the point is serious. I’m using humor to […]

BY Willie Jackson | December 10, 2019

Business Feels the Heat: Workers and Consumers Push for Action on Climate Change
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Business Feels the Heat: Workers and Consumers Push for Action on Climate Change

Like many of their compatriots in northern California, the workers of Silicon Valley have long trended liberal, especially on social and environmental issues. But what they weren’t known for was organizing around those politics —especially if it involved potentially clashing with their own companies, in which many own equity. Yet on Sept. 20, thousands of […]

BY Bryan Walsh | December 6, 2019

If Your Corporate Culture Isn’t Intentional, It Could Become an Accidental One
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If Your Corporate Culture Isn’t Intentional, It Could Become an Accidental One

The importance of corporate culture in the workplace, particularly as millennials and younger generations take on increasingly influential roles, has never been more crucial than it is today. The polls show it. According to a recently released Glassdoor survey, which in June polled more than 5,000 workers from the U.S., U.K., France and Germany, 77% […]

BY Sheila Flynn | November 25, 2019

How Movies With a Social Message Became Good Business
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How Movies With a Social Message Became Good Business

Hollywood has taken a lot of heat, lately from none other than Martin Scorsese, for its obsession with superheroes, sequels, and special effects. All this has raised a nagging question about the soul of the film industry: Does it care about real people and their struggles? Just in time for Oscar season comes an answer: […]

BY Stephen Koepp | November 21, 2019

A Sense of Belonging and Growth: What Really Matters in Employee Satisfaction
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A Sense of Belonging and Growth: What Really Matters in Employee Satisfaction

It’s one thing to tell employees, particularly during the hiring process, that they’ll be valued. It’s another to actually deliver on that promise and ensure their continued satisfaction from the first day forward. Doing so, however, can lead to a win-win for all parties involved. Employee satisfaction increases engagement, motivation, loyalty, staff retention and, overall, […]

BY Sheila Flynn | November 18, 2019

When Business Supports the Arts, the Dividend Is Inspiration
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When Business Supports the Arts, the Dividend Is Inspiration

Artwork combined with aviation. Drawings dotted through department stores. Dry cleaners volunteering to help with theater costumes. These were just a few examples of how businesses can support the arts mentioned at From Day One’s conference in Dallas. Responding to the question, “Why should business support the arts?”, a panel of experts explored not only […]

BY Sheila Flynn | November 14, 2019

Why the Road to Gender Equality Has So Many Steps
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Why the Road to Gender Equality Has So Many Steps

In the long struggle for gender equality in the workplace, it’s important to remember that many small things add up. For example, when you compliment a woman on the job, what words do you use? Cynthia Carpenter, vice president of human resources and employee experience at Charter Communications, asks us to think about the implications […]

BY Kyria Abrahams | November 12, 2019

How Do You Craft a Corporate Culture That Has Meaning?
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How Do You Craft a Corporate Culture That Has Meaning?

When it comes to stating their mission and purpose, companies can put those intentions in writing for all to see. But corporate culture is something different, harder to quantify, intangible. Yet the culture of an organization is a critical factor in attracting and keeping employees, especially in the tight labor market of today, according to […]

BY Jessica Machetta | November 6, 2019

How Behavioral Science and ‘Nudge Theory’ Can Make a Difference in Gender Equality
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How Behavioral Science and ‘Nudge Theory’ Can Make a Difference in Gender Equality

Since humans are creatures of habit and tradition, they’ll tend to keep doing what they’re doing until something motivates them to change. Individuals may change their behavior for reasons particular to them, but what if leaders in business or government want to solve problems by encouraging change across a whole group of people? The thriving […]

BY Jenic Mantashian | November 5, 2019

The Company in the Community: You Get What You Put into It
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The Company in the Community: You Get What You Put into It

Corporations don’t exist separate from the communities where they do business—and the value runs both ways. When business creates partnerships with non-profit organizations and government agencies, the combined leverage pays dividends in multiple ways, from the tangible (developing skilled labor) to the intangible (boosting employee morale). Yes, the return on investment (ROI) may be difficult […]

BY Cynthia Barnes | November 1, 2019

Lasting Secrets of Success, From the Guru of Great Companies
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Lasting Secrets of Success, From the Guru of Great Companies

“You just get up and you start marching,” says author, teacher and consultant Jim Collins. “You always have a friend right when you wake up in the morning and there’s this monster project that is going to take you years to do.” For Collins, his “monster project” has been research into long-term corporate success (and […]

BY Cynthia Barnes | October 29, 2019

What It Means to Provide Health Care That’s Focused on the Patient
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What It Means to Provide Health Care That’s Focused on the Patient

When you ask the universe to challenge you, says Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis, you’d better be ready for what you get. A former practicing OB/GYN physician, the now-president and CEO of Denver’s Craig Hospital calls herself “a warrior for the vulnerable.” Over the years, she’s moved from delivering four babies on a single Friday at Kaiser […]

BY Kyria Abrahams | October 25, 2019

How to Create Healthy Teams—and Why It Matters
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How to Create Healthy Teams—and Why It Matters

The key to fostering a healthy team is creating a sense of “psychological safety,” said Bhavna Chhabra, engineering director and site lead for Google’s Boulder campus. “A psychologically safe team is a team where the people … feel like they can admit mistakes and be able to admit when they don’t know something. [It’s] being […]

BY Daliah Singer | October 24, 2019

What It Takes to Enhance the Whole Employee Experience
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What It Takes to Enhance the Whole Employee Experience

With today’s unemployment rates at record lows, many companies are competing strenuously to attract new workers—and retain the ones they have. What are their best lures? Turns out that the intangibles matter. “Large salaries and monetary perks help, but cannot offset the need for purpose and meaning,” said Naina Dhingra, a partner at McKinsey & […]

BY Angie Chatman | October 17, 2019

How Employers Can Provide Better Health Care
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How Employers Can Provide Better Health Care

Aiming to improve healthcare for its 1.5 million U.S. workers, Walmart is planning to test a variety of new programs next year, including health-care “concierges.” Starbucks, for its part, aims to expand its workers’ access to mental-health care. In a tight labor market, both companies are seeking to provide more attractive benefits, even as the […]

BY Sheila Flynn | October 9, 2019

The Real Victims of WeWork Are Its Employees. Is Capitalism Broken?
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The Real Victims of WeWork Are Its Employees. Is Capitalism Broken?

A business model hooked on fast growth has turned many workplaces into digital sweatshops

BY Dan Lyons | October 4, 2019

Why Genuine Diversity Includes People With Disabilities
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Why Genuine Diversity Includes People With Disabilities

A top executive of JPMorgan Chase tells why, and how, the bank made a special effort in hiring thousands of new employees

BY Sheila Flynn | October 3, 2019

Inclusive Leadership: What Gives Employees a Feeling of Belonging?
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Inclusive Leadership: What Gives Employees a Feeling of Belonging?

For managers, it turns out that having all the answers isn’t the key. Better to show a little humility and engage with people

BY Jennifer Mattson | September 27, 2019

How Gender Equality Can Be Built Into Your Business
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How Gender Equality Can Be Built Into Your Business

Unconscious bias needs to be rooted out of the workplace, says a diversity expert. One way: get rid of unstructured job interviews

BY Jennifer Mattson | September 25, 2019

‘The Virtuous Company Is Not an Oxymoron But a Necessity’
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‘The Virtuous Company Is Not an Oxymoron But a Necessity’

A legal scholar makes a timely case for expecting a greater sense of purpose from America’s major corporations

BY The Editors | September 24, 2019

What Happens When Capitalists Follow Their Conscience
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What Happens When Capitalists Follow Their Conscience

Inside Kapor Capital, where the diversity-minded owners invest their money in companies that help close the gaps in society

BY Dan Lyons | September 16, 2019

When Companies Provide Help to Disaster Victims, the Benefits Are Mutual
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When Companies Provide Help to Disaster Victims, the Benefits Are Mutual

Corporate America is stepping up to respond to events like Hurricane Dorian. Here’s why that matters

BY Michael Stahl | September 11, 2019

Walmart’s Dilemma: How to Respond To Calls For Greater Gun Safety
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Walmart’s Dilemma: How to Respond To Calls For Greater Gun Safety

Spurred by mass shootings—and heeding the voices of many customers and employees—the companies seek to curb the presence of firearms in their stores

BY The Editors | September 5, 2019

Work Flexibility Is Like a Puzzle. What Are the Keys to Solve It?
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Work Flexibility Is Like a Puzzle. What Are the Keys to Solve It?

Q&A: The co-founder of Werk, a software solution to the problem, says it comes down to using data to find out what employees need

BY Carina Livoti | August 28, 2019

What Is Business for? Not Just Profits Anymore, Corporate Chiefs Declare
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What Is Business for? Not Just Profits Anymore, Corporate Chiefs Declare

In a revolutionary statement, a group of CEOs profess a new allegiance to employees, customers and other stakeholders. But will they follow through?

BY Stephen Koepp | August 20, 2019

Can Employees Actually Be Too Engaged in Their Work?
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Can Employees Actually Be Too Engaged in Their Work?

While companies strive to create that connection, research shows that some workers can get carried away

BY The Editors | August 16, 2019

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