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4 Hiring Best Practices for Startups

Small businesses are still bullish about investing in talent, even moreso given the high costs of poor hires and employee turnover.  The cost of bad or wrong hiring can go up to 30% of the employee's first year earnings according to the US Dept. of Labor, and so it is...

You Can’t Address Unconscious Bias if You Don’t Address Trauma

The celebrated actor Liam Neeson became unpopular overnight.  He shared a story in 2019 about one of his close friends who was raped by a Black man, and how it drove him into an irrational frenzy. He said he became so enraged hearing her experience, that for the...

Talent Acquisition Best Practices for Startups

As business starts building up again to pre-pandemic levels, companies are investing more and more in talent.  According to the US Dept of Labor, the cost of bad or wrong hiring is 30% of salary, which can quickly add up with employee turnover.  It is more essential...

COVID19, Black Lives Matter, and the Future of Work

There can be no doubt about one thing: we are on the brink of transformation, as a society. After the horrifying events in the last few months, there is no “going back” to the way things used to be. What does this all mean for our organizations? I believe it all ties...

The Solution to Unconscious Bias: Let it Be.

We have a BIG problem when it comes to unconscious bias: the human mind. Yes, believe it or not, every human mind is biased, whether it is the mind of the Dalai Lama or Donald Trump. Meaning every human mind forms opinions and judgments based on a combination of past...

Diversity Training and the Need for Storytelling

The comedian Keegan Michael Key spoke recently regarding his personal experience with police discrimination. He claimed that despite being pulled over by the police often due to being Black, the officer typically recognizes him from his work and lets him go. He...

15 Things to Consider to Develop a Winning People Strategy

15 Things to Consider to Develop a Winning People Strategy

A thriving organization depends so much on its people .  And yet, developing a strong people strategy and culture is unfortunately often an afterthought for companies.  The issue of finding and developing the right talent is often looked at too simplistically....

Why is DEI so Hard?

Reason #1: The Definition —  DEI is More.  Today, in spite of all our society has been through, we talk about diversity in a very limited fashion. That’s why it becomes a box to check rather than an actual strategic imperative. Did we hire enough black people?...

5 Ways to Measure Organizational Culture

5 Ways to Measure Organizational Culture

Culture has long been a favorite corporate buzzword — along with “agile,” “diversity,” “customer-centric,” among other favorites.  But these terms, over time, become so overused that we almost forget what they mean and how they impact us. They become boxes to...

What is Organizational Misalignment Costing You?

What is Organizational Misalignment Costing You?

The key to organizational effectiveness is alignment: across people, across data, across tools, and across KPIs. And alignment depends on timely, clear, and relevant communication. Problems show up when we rely on the human alone to enable this communication.Why?...

The Interview Mastery Formula- A Career Coach’s Guide

The Interview Mastery Formula- A Career Coach’s Guide

Let’s face it — job interviews are NOT FUN. As a career coach in DC, I see job seekers struggling with this all-important stage of getting a job, more than anything else. The problem is that most often in interviews, you’re meeting with a complete stranger who is...

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