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Yin and Yang – Understanding the Limits of Traditional Gender Roles in Business

November 24, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

It’s human nature to generalize. We like to reinforce our belief systems by assigning identities and values to things, places, and people. If nothing else, it saves time and cognitive energy, since we do not have to evaluate every experience as if we’ve never encountered it before. This unconscious thinking is effective when you’re jogging down a trail that ends at a cliff; in such a circumstance, you don’t have to think too much about when you should stop running. On the other hand, when you’re considering who to promote or put in a key role, if you unconsciously discount a female candidate because of a set of beliefs like “women are too soft, emotional, catty, out-numbered or whatever, to […]

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What are You Doing Stay Ahead of an Aging Workforce?

November 10, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

You’re not the only one who’s getting older. We live in a country with a median age that’s some 10 years older than it was just 40 years ago. The “Baby Boomer” generation is reaching retirement age in droves. According to Gallup, only one-third of Baby Boomers, those born from 1946-1964, remain in the workforce today. The importance of this trend cannot be ignored as a predictor of vast changes in the workforce today, in the near and distant future. (Could this trend be one of the reasons certain European countries are welcoming refugees?) Beyond the obvious trend of the US workforce getting younger, and therefore less experienced, it’s clear that it is also shrinking. The labor force participation rate […]

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