Diversity Policies Don’t Help Women or Minorities, and They Make White Men Feel Threatened

Harvard Business Review

companies spend millions annually on diversity programs and policies. Mission statements and recruitment materials touting companies’ commitment to diversity are ubiquitous. In terms of increasing demographic diversity, the answer appears to be not reall y.

Can You Push Diversity Without Creating Resentment?

Harvard Business Review

I was speaking at The Economist's Diversity Summit last month in London where most of the talk was about gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and scorecards. A typical syllabus among Heads of Diversity. They mutter about quality, compliance and competence.

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How to Achieve Better Gender Balance through Succession Planning and Development

Great Leadership By Dan

There’s a “Diversity” strategy driven from one office, and a succession planning and development strategy driven by another. This is an all-important first step; otherwise the rest could turn into a compliance exercise.

What Is A Leader’s Most Important Role?

Lead Change Blog

“This means having the capacity to build trust among diverse groups of people to advance toward a shared goal. Choose for them and you will get compliance at best. What is a leader’s most important role? Kristin Mackey suggests it’s to be the example.

How to Respond to an Offensive Comment at Work

Harvard Business Review

“He said sorry right away, but in a compliance sort of way that wasn’t overly genuine.” ” Difficult conversations Conflict Diversity Digital ArticleYour colleague says something that immediately makes you feel uncomfortable. He thinks he’s just being funny, but the comment is inappropriate — maybe even offensive, sexist, or racist. What should you say or do if you find yourself in this situation?

Employee social media use: How to minimize your risk

Bud to Boss

This is a guest post by Jon Strother, Senior Copywriter/Editor and Social Media Manager at Global Compliance. About the author: This article was written by Jon Strother, Senior Copywriter/Editor and Social Media Manager at Global Compliance. Global Compliance provides whistleblower hotline services and corporate compliance training, including up-to-date courses on sexual harassment training and diversity training.

Why HR Gets a Bad Name

Let's Grow Leaders

Sure you can have process metrics like “time to staff positions” or “diversity profiles,” but HR departments that are focused primarily on such metrics lose focus and make stupid recommendations that result in the wrong candidates be hired or promoted for the wrong reasons.

Going Global? Choose Your Country Wisely

Great Leadership By Dan

They can see huge success in China or the United States simply because of its pure customer diversity and thirst for constant improvements. Clusters can form for the following reason: · Compliance with your government’s trade advisory rules. · Guest post from Anna Schlegel : More than half of Google’s revenue comes from outside the United States. Facebook, Apple, or PayPal, all enjoy global success.

Research: Your Firm Probably Isn't an Equal Opportunity Employer

Harvard Business Review

is tackling diversity head-on. The reality is that while your company may manage diversity, it probably doesn''t hold anyone accountable for whether your applicants and employees are treated fairly and without regard to gender, race, and ethnicity in hiring and promotion decisions.

Juggling Machetes and Torches

Lead Change Blog

Add to the performance the context of a challenging economy, diverse worker needs, and the ever-present need for speed, and balls become sharp machetes; bowling pins become lighted torches. Jugglers integrate a diverse set of objects around their similarities, not their differences.

The Leper in the Room: Workplace Violence

Women on Business

Provide professional development that deals with team building and diversity training. Don’t just focus on typical race/gender diversity; really make an effort to help your employees understand each other and your customers. As a business owner I have noticed that entrepreneurs talk about a range of topics and we share some pretty personal details; what doesn’t happen is the talk about violence.

Should CIOs Be Compliance Cops?

Harvard Business Review

The Chief Diversity Officer of a Fortune 1000 company wanted to know if email exchanges and digital communications inside the firm reflected any biases or imbalances between senior executives and women and minority employees. Whether in the cloud , Yammer, SharePoint, Jive or Google Docs, IT is increasingly being called upon to give the organization the analytical tools it needs to have greater "situational awareness" around compliance.


3 Ways Leaders Can Help Bring Great Ideas To Life

Tanveer Naseer

Based on our research at Kotter International, we know that a typical day job in a traditional hierarchy likely involves compliance to a service level or standard operating procedure and usually provides little room to experiment.

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Diversity "What we have here is called 'failure to communicate.'" Compliance "Now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me the toast, give me a check for the chicken salad sandwich, and you haven't broken any rules." This was first posted here on November 4, 2006. Some lines from movie dialogue demand to be used in the workplace. Here are some obvious candidates although some are obscure. See if you can match the line with the film. Answers are at the bottom of the post.]

Advocacy to Shift Culture

Women on Business

This is very true as it relates to organizations that are working to increase gender diversity at the leadership levels.

Leadership Matters

N2Growth Blog

I had joined the Rio Board in 2009, so I already had broad oversight of the company’s diverse operations. These days there is a growing emphasis on Governance and Compliance with Legislation and Regulations. (as featured in mining.com). CEO Interview: Sam Walsh.

Uber Is Finally Realizing HR Isn’t Just for Recruiting

Harvard Business Review

All of this indicates that Uber leaders prioritized immediately useful services like recruitment over, for example, legal compliance systems, audits, and leadership development. Leaders and managers at start-ups (and all other companies, frankly) should be required to address human capital non-compliance risk, just as they are expected to address financial non-compliance risk.

Your Strategy Has to Be Flexible — But So Does Your Execution

Harvard Business Review

Emphasizing compliance with a plan can, under stable conditions, accelerate fruition of a strategy. Businesses can be equally complex: a diversity initiative, for example, might include some compulsory training, but if this triggers sentiments of resistance and skepticism, it can be self-defeating. In the first, it centers on compliance to a pre-determined plan, in the latter on decentralized initiative taking and experimentation. Morsa Images/Getty Images.

Your Diversity Officer Should Be a Cruise Director

Harvard Business Review

I'm uneasy with the idea of affinity groups , the single-dimension networks that are all the rage in the corporate diversity world. Rather than forcing a corporation of clones, affinity groups help maintain some of the outward manifestations of diversity. But woefully insufficient to drive real value from diversity. Reaping the benefits of diversity requires bringing the perspectives together, not keeping them apart. Diversity Human resources Talent management

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Diversity "What we have here is called ''failure to communicate.''" Career Counseling "I just want to say one word to you - just one word. Compliance "Now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me the toast, give me a check for the chicken salad sandwich, and you haven''t broken any rules." This was first posted here on November 4, 2006. Some lines from movie dialogue demand to be used in the workplace. Here are some obvious candidates although some are obscure.

Generation to Generation: How to Save the Family Business

Harvard Business Review

Our research on boards of directors and corporate governance has shed new light on many board practices and reveals the need for improvement in several areas including skills and selection , succession planning , and diversity. Diversity.

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How Leaders Can Help Others Influence Them

Harvard Business Review

For example, we assess whether leaders are able to generate compliance with or genuine commitment to their plans. More recently, we have focused on the value of Lean, Six Sigma , and diversity.

A More Effective Board of Directors

Harvard Business Review

In the corporate model, you equate a "foundational board," which provides basic compliance oversight, to basic survival needs such as food and shelter in the human hierarchy. Foundational — survival — boards focus on compliance; they play it safe. Lack of alignment and agreement on company strategy causes disinterest among board members, who then simply default to tackling regulatory and compliance issues.

Yes, Your Résumé Needs a Summary

Harvard Business Review

” “EHS director with 20 years of experience driving regulatory compliance and employees’ health and safety across industries—manufacturing, retail, and healthcare. Strategy leader for brands with complex and diverse product lines.

More of Us Are Working in Big Bureaucratic Organizations than Ever Before

Harvard Business Review

Who else is going to meet all those new compliance requirements around diversity, risk mitigation and sustainability?

What the Rise of Russian Hackers Means for Your Business

Harvard Business Review

The motivations behind Russian hackers are the most diverse of any team with government connections. The techniques in the Russian hacker tool kit are diverse. accountable for ensuring compliance with fundamental standards for information security. But while compliance remains crucial, it is entirely insufficient to address a threat landscape that rapidly evolves. Assume that compliance is imperfect and that an adversary is already exploiting this imperfection.

What Spinning Off a GE Business Taught Me About Managing Ultra-Fast Change

Harvard Business Review

We hired roughly 1,000 new employees in approximately 15 months to build our operations, human resources, compliance, and technology teams. (We One idea we retained from GE was to celebrate diversity. We kept diversity networks that represent women, African American, Asian, Hispanic, LGBT, veteran, and disability groups. At a time when we could have taken a pause on all training, diversity, and culture initiatives, we doubled down on them.

What You Can Do to Improve Ethics at Your Company

Harvard Business Review

The senior leaders in the study told us that, in contrast to what corporate compliance officers would like us to believe, their organizations’ codes of conduct and ethics training wasn’t particularly helpful when it came to managing ethical dilemmas. Perhaps people are promoted according to unwritten rules that will ensure compliance with the status quo. Build a strong and diverse personal network. Enron. Wells Fargo. Volkswagen.

Career Bankers Alone Can’t Solve the Financial Industry’s Problems

Harvard Business Review

A lot has changed in the banking industry since the crisis in 2008 , especially in terms of regulation and compliance. The cornerstone of bank recruiting strategies should be experiential diversity enabled by a broad range of personal experiences and networks. People with this kind of diversity exhibit the “wisdom of crowds”; they are programmed to be collectively smart. The banking industry is mired in a state of permanent crisis.

The Internet of Things Will Change Your Company, Not Just Your Products

Harvard Business Review

So instead of creating another pill dispenser, it launched a compliance-enhancing system. In addressing the billion-dollar adherence problem, Vitality (since acquired by NANTHEALTH ) considered the interests of the players in the diverse ecosystem, including pharmaceutical companies, retail pharmacies, and health care providers.

The “Business in Society” Imperative for CEOs

Harvard Business Review

CEO acumen on business-in-society issues is thus imperative in addressing fundamental corporate issues, from business strategy to compliance to ethical standards to risk management. To assure legal compliance and mitigate legal hazard, , the CEO and top staff must confront complex, conflicting, and uncertain rules, enforcement practices, and legal cultures across myriad regional, national, and subnational jurisdictions.

Alternative Selection – Total Benefit of Ownership

Strategy Driven

When considering various operations to continue or new initiatives to pursue, there tends to be a singular focus on the revenue generation potential or regulatory compliance necessity of the activity.

How the Navy SEALs Train for Leadership Excellence

Harvard Business Review

” In other words, training divorced from excellence is mere compliance. Almost every world-class, high-performance organization takes training and education seriously. But Navy SEALs go uncomfortably beyond. They’re obsessive and obsessed.

There’s No One System for Paying Your Global Sales Force

Harvard Business Review

Diversity makes a global sales incentive plan impractical and dangerous.” In most global sales forces, cross-country diversity makes it inadvisable to have a single global plan.

HR Must Make People Analytics More User-Friendly

Harvard Business Review

For example, beyond providing numbers that describe trends in the demographic makeup of a job, improved logic might describe how demographic diversity affects innovation, or it might depict the pipeline of talent movement to show what bottlenecks most affect career progress. Vincent Tsui for HBR. Managing HR-related data is critical to any organization’s success. And yet progress in HR analytics has been glacially slow. Consulting firms in the U.S.

The Subtle Ways Our Screens Are Pushing Us Apart

Harvard Business Review

But compliance is not the same as collaboration. To ensure the situation would not happen again, executive management put a process in place to assure that when project teams were formed, they pulled from a diverse group of people, who had never worked together before but were acquainted.

What High-Performing Companies Track

Six Disciplines

For example: 71% of higher performers measure compliance or completion of diversity plans (52% in lower-performing companies). Want to be a high-performing company? Then track your talent. A study on HR metrics by i4cp shows that higher-performing companies are more apt to measure talent-related metrics than lower performers. Common talent-related metrics include movement within the organization, quality of hires, quality of promotions and the cost of training/development.

Create a Strategy That Anticipates and Learns

Harvard Business Review

Using machine-learning tools, for example, data that currently exists in different enterprise systems and diverse external sources (production, supply chain, market, customer trend, financial and economic data) can be ingested and mashed together to reveal meaningful patterns and highlight gaps in markets. The snag is that using predictive analytics in this way will be difficult for global companies with traditional compliance-centric and business intelligence reporting capabilities.

What It Will Take to Fix HR

Harvard Business Review

Delivering HR-related operational, compliance, and administrative tasks with distinction is important, but let’s be clear that doing so is table stakes. Success demands a far more diverse set of experiences and skills.

Why Do IoT Companies Keep Building Devices with Huge Security Flaws?

Harvard Business Review

Security checklists that are drafted by slow-moving government bodies can’t keep up with evolving technology and hacking techniques, and compliance regimes can divert resources and give a false sense of security. Rather than trying to dictate specific controls for a diverse, growing set of technologies, the framework could harmonize international best practices for IoT and help companies prioritize the most important security strategies for their organization.