Why "Employee Engagement" Sometimes Makes Me Want to Plug My Ears

By | Diversity, diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, engaged employees, inclusive culture, inclusive leadership | No Comments

Why “Employee Engagement” Sometimes Makes Me Want to Plug My Ears  There are times when I hear the term employee engagement and just want to add the words, “blah, blah, blah!” Here is reason number one of five. The other four will follow in additional posts. 1-Employee engagement has become a buzzword with no meaning in some workplaces. What some…

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25 Ways to Measure How Well You Manage Diversity

By | Diversity, diversity and inclusion, diversity in the workplace, diversity leadership, Diversity Management, inclusive culture | 2 Comments

Traits of a Diverse Organization 1- Everyone is seen, as part of the organization’s diversity and the goal is to make everyone’s needs and concerns a part of the mainstream diversity effort. 2- Top management endorses and actively champions the company’s diversity initiatives. 3- A diverse organization’s culture is based on inclusion and not just on representation. 4- There are…

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How Supreme Court Decisions on DOMA and Prop 8 Impact Individuals, Organizations and the Diversity Conversation

By | diversity and inclusion, DOMA, inclusive culture, LGBT Inclusion, Proposition 8, same-sex marriage, Supreme Court Decision | No Comments

The recent Supreme Court Decisions overturning DOMA and Prop 8 have far-reaching impact  diversity and inclusion in the workplace beyond providing federal and state benefits for same-sex married couples. These decisions also affect single LGBT and heterosexual people in those workplaces, along with LGBT  employees in states where same-sex marriage is not yet legal. In the past month, I’ve gotten…

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Simma's Ten Tips to Leverage Employee Brilliance

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If you want to recruit, retain and leverage the skills and talents of brilliant employees, you need to provide an inclusive  workplace where people love to come to work.  Employers that treat their employees like recalcitrant children, micromanage and demonstrate their distrust of them will not only lose good people to their competition but will eventually end up miserable, broke…

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How Jay-Z, Eminem, and Steve Jobs Can Bring Us Salvation

By | diversity and inclusion, diversity dialogues, diversity leader, eminem, inclusive culture, jay-z, steve jobs | No Comments

How Jay-Z, Eminem, and Steve Jobs Can Bring Us Salvation (Originally published in Fast Company.com 7/11) Millions of kids idolize hip-hop artists and rappers and have dreams of becoming one. They think that rapping would be a great way to get rich. Most of them will never get there. And people that are talented often have no background in the…

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The Workplace as Community/ real inclusion

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Why are there still employers who treat their employees like  disposable napkins? Organizations that are successful now and will be successful in the future will create “the workplace as community.”   Most people have a need to feel part of something that is more than just themselves. When workplace cultures are inclusive and employees at every level think their work…

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Are You Creating an Environment for Success?

By | diversity and inclusion, executive coaching, inclusive culture, leadership | One Comment

One of my executive coaching clients told me she thought she intimidated her employees. They didn’t ask many questions and were somewhat reluctant to tell her about their mistakes or failures. She hadn’t heard any new ideas in months even though she had installed an anonymous suggestion box. As I continued to delve deeper into the situation, I found out…

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