Connecting Meaning to Work: It’s Important for Millennials and the Rest of Us!

millennialsJena McGregor of the Washington Post noted in her article (published May 12) that more commencement speakers needed to address questions of meaning for this year’s new crop of millennial graduates. Indeed, the admonitions of commencement speakers challenged the newly minted graduates to find fulfillment and success but find meaning first and then you will find fulfillment. I recall hearing at my own graduations and the graduations I’ve attended something to the effect of discovering meaning first and then significance and success would follow. The goal was to find work and labor that you loved and then meaning and purpose would be close at hand. Read the rest of Connecting Meaning to Work: It’s Important for Millennials and the Rest of Us! »

Can Diversity Training Effectively Address Bigotry, Prejudice, and Racism?

donald-sterlingDonald Sterling has given us a glimpse into the human heart. We should not be surprised. Offended and disgusted yes but surprised? I don’t think so. Sterling got caught verbally articulating his unfiltered stereotypes which pointed toward his embedded prejudice and racism. He was caught in an unguarded moment being honest with himself and congruent with his authentic feelings and perceptions. The only problem is that, as an NBA team owner, those behaviors are entirely and completely unacceptable. The action taken by the NBA was swift and decisive.

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Why Organizational Core Values Seldom Change Organizational Behavior

core-values1People certainly have the right to scoff when they hear senior leaders proclaim, “After a great deal of collaboration and hard work, we believe our new core values will completely change and revolutionize the way we do business moving forward.” The scoffing is typically the result of a history of core values that have had little-to-nothing to do with impacting the way an organization fundamentally operates. Typically, after such an announcement, “business as usual” moves the new core values to the back burner.

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