Entries by katherinebanks

Let Women Lead Now

Let’s talk about leadership and gender. Okay, we understand that these conversations about gender diversity—especially in leadership roles can be exhausting. We get it. But what’s the alternative? Do we act like ostriches with our heads in the sand, or do we engage in the conversation in a meaningful way, no matter how difficult? The […]

Managing Resistance for Increased Engagement

A recent study of workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion programs conducted by Culture Amp—an employee engagement firm—found that while 81 percent (81%) of organizations surveyed reported some degree of commitment to DEI initiatives and programs, only 34 percent reported adequate investment in those programs and initiatives. And herein lies the sticking point, according to many […]

The Danger Lurking Behind External Benchmarks

When we kick off discussions about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) surveys, clients often say benchmarks are a requirement. When probed, they explain how “leadership will not take the results seriously without benchmarks.” They are referring to external benchmarks (also known as ‘norms’), which are used to compare their survey results to those of other […]

Managing Change: Stakeholder Alignment

Managing change is a complex process that entails engaging diverse and disparate groups of stakeholders. Often these various stakeholders have different priorities within the workplace despite everyone working toward a supposedly common goal of organizational success in one way or the other. However, when it comes to engaging these individuals and groups the process can […]

Employer & Employee Loyalty. Does It Still Exist?

Ask people about company loyalty today, and you’re likely to get a lot of different responses—especially generationally. The days of working for a single employer over the course of a career, earning a pension, and retiring at a relatively young age are gone. And they’ve been gone for quite a while. But that doesn’t mean […]

Can Too Much Inclusion Lead To Confusion?

Inclusion is not some nebulous concept. It’s a critical business priority that stokes innovation and increases organizational performance in real terms. Therefore, it’s important that inclusion is strategic and efficient in process and deployment to arrive at the desired outcomes. Some might believe that inclusion means everyone has a voice on every matter or decision; […]

Six Inclusive Ways To Take Control Of Your Career

The workplace continues to change and employers and employees are increasingly adapting to the so-called “new normal,” although the phrase is quite ambiguous. The days of a single employer, or even career path, are long gone, and seems they are never coming back. As one result, workers must take control of their own career paths […]

When To Speak Out On Social Issues

It seems like barely a day goes by without another brand or business being celebrated or canceled because of the stand they’ve taken or not taken on a social issue. Research from Edelman shows that trust in businesses exceeds that in government and the media. It also shows that we expect more from businesses when it comes […]

Why a U.S.- Centric Approach To DEI Isn’t Working In The Rest Of The World

The U.S. doesn’t own the rights to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) – nor are they the only ones who stand to reap the benefits.  The stats are global. The research is universal. When done right, attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion adds value to a company’s profile and richness to its culture. It boosts […]

How To Build A Diverse Professional Network

We all know how important a professional network is to our careers. But how often do we analyze our networks to see if we’re reaching the right people in the right disciplines and professions? And how do ensure that our networks are diverse—which is so important since the business case for diversity and inclusion is […]