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Learning what diversity really means

Growing up in an all-Italian neighborhood in The Bronx, my view of diversity was limited to “different degrees of being Italian”. It was the kind of neighborhood where you shopped at salumerias that hung cheeses and meats from the ceiling. … Continue reading

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“The task now is to discover how far they can take us.”

We were sitting across the table at a cafe, talking about our current projects, when she asked me one of those easy-to-ask, hard-to-answer questions: “What’s your mission?” I talked about making work more effective and fulfilling at my firm and … Continue reading

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If you’re trying to change how your company works, you probably won’t

If you’re trying to make work better, you may be feeling, as Margaret Wheatley writes, “exhausted, overwhelmed, and sometimes despairing even as you paradoxically experience moments of joy, belonging, and greater resolve to do your work.” You may believe in … Continue reading

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Solving the recognition paradox

Every year, we send out employee surveys and, every year, we discover employees aren’t as engaged as we’d like. And yet every year we neglect to do one of the cheapest, easiest, and most effective things we can do to … Continue reading

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If Yahoo! employees worked out loud…

It could have all been avoided. When angry Yahoo! employees leaked an internal memo “asking all employees with work-from-home arrangements to work in Yahoo! offices”, it touched a nerve. Bloggers wrote about CEO Marissa Mayer’s insensitivity and hypocrisy. Other CEOs … Continue reading

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The best office design for collaboration is also the cheapest

Steve Jobs wanted the Pixar headquarters to be a place that “promoted encounters and unplanned collaborations.” He was personally involved in the design details as he was with Apple’s plans for new headquarters. “If a building doesn’t encourage [collaboration], you’ll … Continue reading

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Towards a more humane workplace

If you want to mistreat someone, it helps to think of them as something other than human. And so, unfortunately, you’ll notice the same tactics used at work as in some of the greatest atrocities against humanity. Yet there’s hope … Continue reading

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Stop stealing dreams at work

In “Stop Stealing Dreams,” Seth Godin asks “What is school for?” He describes why school is the way it is and what it should be instead. And he dedicates the book “to every teacher who cares enough to change the system, and … Continue reading

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Avoiding learned helplessness at work

What do recent graduates think about working in large firms? Can work be fulfilling and meaningful and human for everyone (as I write about here, here, and here)? Or do most people work for money and go home for meaning? … Continue reading

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“Flow” as a corporate value

Suppose you discovered something that would make your firm’s employees perform better and would also make them happier. Would you try it? Why we work In response to a recent post about “humanizing” the corporation, a concerned friend sent me … Continue reading

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