Category: Mind

EPISODE 2: Why Your Culture Was Never Your Building

[INTRODUCTION] [00:00:04] CD: Where do you do your best work? At the kitchen table with a homemade smoothie? On the couch and your favorite pair of sweats? At the park with your dog? Or at the office? There’s no right or wrong answer of course, but we’re willing to bet that in the past year…

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4 Things You Need to Be Reading This Juneteenth

As of June 17, 2021, Juneteenth has been officially recognized as a federal holiday by the United States. A commemoration of the freeing of 250,000 slaves in Galveston, Texas in 1865, Juneteenth is a day of celebration for Black Americans and a time of reflection for all Americans. Recognizing the need to create more intentional…

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A Tale of Three Allies: What Does Allyship Look Like in Real Life?

What do we mean when we say someone is an ally? At NLI, we define an allies as someone who realizes their advantaged position in a particular context and intentionally leverages that advantage to help people in less-advantaged positions. Being an ally means being an active and consistent advocate for minimizing bias, increasing inclusion, and…

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Why Diverse Teams Outperform Homogeneous Teams

There’s no doubt that there is more pressure than ever on organizations to increase their diversity. Putting aside the important social and ethical issues, it turns out this is also relevant to an organization’s day-to-day success. Dozens of studies and decades of research have found that diverse teams tend to be smarter than homogeneous teams:…

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Why Some Leaders Can Embrace Hybrid Work, and Some Cannot

Right now, it seems like hybrid work models will be the norm going forward for knowledge workers. Usually this hybrid setup will take the form of several teams that mix and match on-premise days and WFH days, with a smattering of fully remote and potentially fully on-site as well. There are a few organizations, however,…

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5 Non-Obvious Benefits of a Hybrid Workplace

After a year of unprecedented anguish and pivoting, we’ve finally begun to arrive at “The Human Spring.” What happens now around hybrid working models, approaches to management and leadership, and increasing employee autonomy, will change the way we work for the next 30 years. This is simultaneously a scary and uplifting time. The bottom line…

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How Lockdown Unexpectedly Made Learning Better

Anyone who’s tried to quiet a screaming toddler during a zoom call, or worn a mask for an eight-hour shift knows that we don’t work the same way anymore. Our new normal means employees need new skills and different habits to work effectively. But the way we teach those skills has had to change as…

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How to Make, and Win, the Case for Allyship

At the NeuroLeadership Institute, we define allyship as being aware of one’s advantaged position in a specific domain and using it to actively support and include people in less advantaged positions. That could mean advocating for the equitable distribution of opportunities (like recommending a disadvantaged coworker to speak on a panel), amplifying voices that tend…

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