Transform Your Workplace with Radical Honesty | Podcast

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When Patty McCord was the chief talent officer at Netflix, she co-authored the company’s famous “culture deck,” which spelled out her vision for creating a company culture that hinges on employees behaving like, and being treated as, adults. In this 30 minute teleclass, the author of Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility shares what she has learned about radical honesty in the workplace, motivating with challenges and treating your coworkers like grown-ups. She will also provide an HR director’s take on how to address failure in an interview, disagree with your boss and even say goodbye to the best job you’ve ever had without looking back.
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Thinking of Joining a Non-Profit Board?

Gail HunterAbout 20 years ago, when she worked for the Seattle Mariners, Gail Hunter reached out to the YMCA of Greater Seattle about joining its board. “My family had been members forever and it was a big part of my childhood,” says Hunter, now vice president of public affairs and event management for the Golden State Warriors. “I wanted to give back.”

But expanding your network, acquiring new skills or even giving your résumé a boost are all fine reasons for wanting to join a non-profit board, according to Hunter. That is, “as long as you are willing to do the work,” she says. “Organizations need their board members to be committed and active.” Read More

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3 Things You Need to Know About Failure

Jessica LaheyIf the thought of your biggest mistakes or failures makes you want to throw up, you’re certainly not alone. That’s how school teacher Jessica Lahey still feels when talking about the first draft of her New York Times best-selling book.

“My editor said it was unpublishable and wanted to bring in a ghost writer,” says Lahey, who wangled a second chance, and after a lot of hard work, redeemed herself—and her writing. Read More

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Bringing Men into the Conversation

Deb PineBy Deb Pine, Executive Director, Center for Women and Business, Bentley University

Though the experiences that have catalyzed the #MeToo movement are deeply disturbing, I’m encouraged by the heightened awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace and inspired by the brave women who are speaking out. While the movement has put the spotlight on inappropriate power dynamics, it’s important to recognize the underlying issue: gender inequality in the workplace. Women continue to face conscious and unconscious bias, which limits opportunities for advancement and leadership. In 2017, men held 80 percent of the C-suite level roles in the Fortune 500. Read More

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Free Teleclass | Transform Your Workplace with Radical Honesty

Patty McCordTransform Your Workplace with Radical Honesty
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
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Life Lessons from NFL Official #53 (the Only One Who Wears Mascara)

Sarah ThomasMany female firsts are lifetime dreams come true. But some are more a matter of chance, the happenstance of finding something you’re good at when barriers are coming down.

The latter was the case for Sarah Thomas, the first woman to be an NFL official. “I was working as a paralegal when my older brother said one day that he was going to a football officials’ meeting,” she recalls. “I thought it could be a way to give back to organized sports—I’d played basketball in college—while earning some extra cash.” Read More

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Office Hours: Candid Answers to Your Pressing Career Questions

Marian HeardTwo of the most accomplished executives you’ll ever meet, Marian Heard and Margaret McKenna aren’t just founts of business and management wisdom. As female trailblazers who were often the only woman in the room, they are also experts at handling workplace-culture and gender-bias issues. Over the years they’ve shared their experience and advice as mentors to women, and at the most recent Conferences, they fielded questions from attendees in breakout sessions that really got people buzzing.

Margaret McKennaWhat attendees especially appreciated were the candor as well as the humor of Heard, former president and CEO of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and CEO of United Ways of New England, and McKenna, former president of Walmart Foundation and president emeritus of Lesley University.Listen for yourself to the podcasts from Philadelphia, Austin and Boston, or read a sampling of their answers, edited for clarity and brevity, below. Afterward, please submit your burning career questions to [email protected] We’ll be publishing answers from Heard, McKenna and other women leaders in future newsletters. Read More

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2017 Session | Strategies for Closing the Diversity Gap

We’ve all seen the research – companies with diverse boards and management teams outperform those that lag in diversity. But closing a diversity gap requires a commitment from the top and buy-in from the middle of organizations. Join a panel of State Street’s “Leading Women” as they discuss strategies to drive cultural change, mentor and empower courageous women, and engage men to foster more diverse and inclusive organizations.

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2017 Session | The User Manual: Instructions for How You Work as a Manager

Products come with user manuals – but people don’t. And we all have our quirks — the little things that annoy or delight us; the times of day we work best; the way we like to give and get feedback. Why not be up front about them with our employees, teams and colleagues, and develop a “user manual’ that captures our particular working style? Creating your own user manual can be a great exercise in self-reflection and when shared with others, this tool can be useful to highlight team dynamics and spark healthy dialogue around how to most effectively work with one another. In this session, attendees will learn how business leaders can use this tool to foster better teamwork, increase productivity and ultimately improve your management skills. Using interactive exercises, you will dive right into the steps involved to create your own user manual to share with your supervisor, your department or your company when you return back to the office! Read More

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2017 Session | Challenging the Status Quo

Sometimes, to make impactful changes you need to challenge the status quo – whether it’s in your industry, your career or your life. Yet many leaders chronically reject creative solutions and often embrace the familiar, even as they profess commitment to innovation. Could people love but also hate creative ideas? Could the mindset we use to evaluate ideas turn this love or hate on or off—in an instant? Do experts struggle even more than novices with this bias? And even more startling, could the “best practices” that organizations employ to manage innovation activate this bias, and inadvertently, kill innovation? Drawing on Wharton professor Jennifer Mueller’s expertise along with a panel of pioneers from the frontlines, we will address the tough questions; learn best practices to self-disrupt your current mindset and recognize creative opportunity; and explore how to overcome other peoples’ sticky preference for the status quo. Attendees will leave armed with strategies for introducing and maintaining a culture of change and feel confident to challenge the status quo. Read More

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