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What Social Media Can Teach Us About Recognizing Bias in the Workplace

What Social Media Can Teach Us About Recognizing Bias in the Workplace

October 14, 2021

Join CCL's Ren Washington and Allison Barr as they explore what we can learn about recognizing unconscious bias in the workplace from the way news stories are covered on both social media and mainstream media.

By now, you likely know the name of Gabby Petito. Both mainstream media and amateurs on social media have committed hour upon hour to try and find Gabby and raise awareness of her case. The case captured the nation’s attention as more details of her disappearance played out on primetime news.

Much like the mystery surrounding Gabby’s disappearance, there are a lot of factors that play in this story. But for many, this story only highlights what’s not covered so compulsively by the media: The disappearance and death of thousands upon thousands of women of color. Today, we want to explore what can be learned from the media coverage of Gabby Petito. We’ll look at what parallels exist between this story and our work lives. And we’ll talk about what leadership can take away from some of these big and tough reflections.

Related Resources:

Making Gender Equity in the Workplace a Reality: https://www.ccl.org/articles/leading-effectively-articles/gender-equity-workplace/

Women Need a Network of Champions: https://www.ccl.org/articles/leading-effectively-articles/why-women-need-a-network-of-champions/

How to Have Conversations About Race: 3 Critical First Steps: https://www.ccl.org/webinars/how-to-have-conversations-about-race-3-critical-first-steps/

Beyond Bias™ Training: https://www.ccl.org/leadership-solutions/leadership-topics/overcoming-unconscious-bias-in-the-workplace/

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Solutions: https://www.ccl.org/leadership-challenges/equity-diversity-inclusion/

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What the Frito-Lay Labor Strike Can Teach Us About the Future of Flexible Work

What the Frito-Lay Labor Strike Can Teach Us About the Future of Flexible Work

August 4, 2021

Join CCL's Ren Washington and Allison Barr as they explore a nationwide labor shortage and the rise of hybrid workplaces, uncovering what we can learn about the future of work from both phenomena.  

In late July, hundreds of union workers belonging to Local 218 in Topeka, Kansas won a big victory over Frito-Lay and so-called suicide shifts. Their 20-day strike shined a spotlight on a broader upswing in strike activity in the United States. In tandem with perceived labor shortages in certain sectors — or a living wage shortage, depending who you ask — it suggests changing employee expectations about the future of work.

 

In other industries, hybrid work is becoming increasingly common, as office workers jump to new roles that offer greater flexibility and many employees refuse to return to the office. Employers, executives, and HR leaders are exploring new options for their teams that might alter the value proposition of work in a trend that could dramatically influence a leader’s role within their organization.

 

In this episode, we discuss how a rise in strikes and a perceived labor shortage do and don’t overlap with an increase in flexible workplaces, and what leaders today can do to lead with that in mind. 

 

Related Resources:

Why Today’s Organizations Need to Embrace Flexibility in the Workplace: https://www.ccl.org/articles/leading-effectively-articles/why-todays-organizations-need-to-embrace-flexibility-in-the-workplace/

Leading Hybrid Teams: How Organizations Can Successfully Shift to the New World of Work: https://www.ccl.org/webinars/leading-hybrid-teams-how-organizations-can-successfully-shift-to-the-new-world-of-work/

How Leaders Should Approach Today’s New Hybrid Workforce: https://www.ccl.org/articles/leading-effectively-articles/how-leaders-should-approach-todays-new-hybrid-workforce/

Adapting to Change Requires Flexibility: https://www.ccl.org/articles/leading-effectively-articles/adaptability-1-idea-3-facts-5-tips/

Leadership Development: https://www.ccl.org/leadership-challenges/individual-leadership-development-high-potential-employees/ 

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About the Center for Creative Leadership:

Leadership is all we do. But our approach is distinct. We work with you to discover your priorities and customize our unique leadership solutions to best fit your needs. We create leaders who move their worlds. Our innovative solutions are steeped in extensive research and experience gained from tens of thousands of organizations, a million+ leaders at all levels, and leaders in more than 130 countries, across 6 continents. We deliver results that matter – sustained impact for you, your business and the world. www.ccl.org 

 

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What Naomi Osaka Can Teach Us About How Leaders Can Support and Manage Mental Health

What Naomi Osaka Can Teach Us About How Leaders Can Support and Manage Mental Health

July 7, 2021

Join CCL's Ren Washington and Allison Barr as they explore what we can learn from tennis star Naomi Osaka about the role leaders play in supporting and managing mental health.

In June 23-year-old Naomi Osaka, the No. 2 ranked tennis player in women’s tennis, withdrew from Wimbledon. This happened in the wake of Osaka withdrawing, in the second round from the French Open in a storm of controversy caused by her decision to skip mandatory post-match news conferences.

Osaka revealed she had been dealing with anxiety and depression since taking the spotlight after winning the U.S. Open in 2018, the first of her 4 grand slam titles. The pressure of the media and expectation was causing Osaka to pay a big price.

Our collective mental health was thrust into the spotlight during the pandemic, but what happens as we transition to the new hybrid work reality? Let's follow Osaka's example and have an open conversation about the role leaders play in managing and supporting mental health.

In this episode we explore how Osaka's acknowledgment of her own anxiety and depression is helping to normalize the conversation around mental health, and what leaders today can do to lead with that. 

Related Resources:

3 Evidence-Based Strategies to Help Leaders Cope with Pandemic Stress: https://www.ccl.org/articles/leading-effectively-articles/3-evidence-based-strategies-to-help-leaders-cope-with-pandemic-stress/ 

5 Steps for Tackling Difficult Conversations: 

https://www.ccl.org/articles/leading-effectively-articles/5-steps-for-tackling-tough-conversations/ 

Use Active Listening to Coach Others: 

https://www.ccl.org/articles/leading-effectively-articles/coaching-others-use-active-listening-skills/ 

Managing Remote Employees: How to Lead from a Distance: https://www.ccl.org/articles/leading-effectively-articles/managing-remote-employees-how-to-lead-from-a-distance/ 

Leadership Development: https://www.ccl.org/leadership-challenges/individual-leadership-development-high-potential-employees/ 

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About the Center for Creative Leadership:

Leadership is all we do. But our approach is distinct. We work with you to discover your priorities and customize our unique leadership solutions to best fit your needs. We create leaders who move their worlds. Our innovative solutions are steeped in extensive research and experience gained from tens of thousands of organizations, a million+ leaders at all levels, and leaders in more than 130 countries, across 6 continents. We deliver results that matter – sustained impact for you, your business and the world. www.ccl.org 

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What Jacinda Ardern Can Teach Us About Leading with Authenticity, Empathy, and Transparency

What Jacinda Ardern Can Teach Us About Leading with Authenticity, Empathy, and Transparency

June 4, 2021

Join CCL's Ren Washington and Allison Barr as they explore what we can learn from the leadership characteristics of New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who currently holds the number 1 spot on Fortune’s list of World's Greatest Leaders. 

This isn’t the first time Prime Minister Ardern has made Fortune’s Greatest Leaders list, but this is the first time in 2021 that she’s been ranked number 1. When Ardern became Prime Minister of New Zealand in 2017 she grabbed international attention for her commitments to national well-being and emphasis on social issues. In 2018, Ardern was the first leader to have a child while in power since Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 1990. She also holds the illustrious title of being the first leader to go on maternity leave while in office, returning to work six weeks later.  

She was thrust into the spotlight again after the tragedy in Christchurch in New Zealand during 2019. Ardern is often a polarizing figure, with her stance on gun control, climate change, and push for equitable pay. But after Ardern and her party won a landslide reelection victory in October of 2020, her star power and straight talk cannot be ignored. And likely, shouldn’t be. 

In this episode we explore Ardern’s leadership characteristics, examine what makes her such a compelling leader, and how all of us can adopt some of her style to be better leaders ourselves.  

Related Resources:

The Importance of Empathy in the Workplace: https://www.ccl.org/articles/leading-effectively-articles/empathy-in-the-workplace-a-tool-for-effective-leadership/ 

Authentic Leadership: What It Is, Why It Matters: https://www.ccl.org/articles/leading-effectively-articles/authenticity-1-idea-3-facts-5-tips/ 

Why Communication Is So Important for Leaders: https://www.ccl.org/articles/leading-effectively-articles/communication-1-idea-3-facts-5-tips/ 

Leadership Development: https://www.ccl.org/leadership-challenges/individual-leadership-development-high-potential-employees/ 

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About the Center for Creative Leadership:

Leadership is all we do. But our approach is distinct. We work with you to discover your priorities and customize our unique leadership solutions to best fit your needs. We create leaders who move their worlds. Our innovative solutions are steeped in extensive research and experience gained from tens of thousands of organizations, a million+ leaders at all levels, and leaders in more than 130 countries, across 6 continents. We deliver results that matter – sustained impact for you, your business and the world. www.ccl.org 

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What the Suez Canal Can Teach Us About Accountability and Resilience

What the Suez Canal Can Teach Us About Accountability and Resilience

April 13, 2021

Join CCL's Ren Washington and Allison Barr as they explore what we can learn about accountability and resilience from the Suez Canal.

Something like 90% of the world’s goods are transported by sea. About 60% of that includes basically all imported fruits, gadgets, and appliances. As March came to a close, the Ever Given, a container ship almost as long as the Empire State building is tall, ran aground in the Suez Canal. The Suez Canal is the shortest sea link between Asia and Europe and about 30% of the world’s container shipping volume transits through the canal. 

This issue, which piqued the interest of Maritime buffs, quickly became a global concern. At one point, some 400+ ships were stuck waiting to pass through the canal from either side, costing an estimated $9.6 billion a day. That translates to $400 million an hour, or $6.7 million a minute. But now that the ship is free, the problem is over, right?  

What happened with the Ever Given can be chalked up to basic physics, the massive size of the actual ship, potential human error, and maybe even climate change. But at CCL, we don’t only look at the circumstances or the symptoms of a problem, we want to find out the source and the root of issues. So where was leadership during all of this? How did leaders make a difference or contribute to this accident in the first place? How did leadership find the fix? Let's take a look at the lessons in accountability and resilience that we can learn from the Suez Canal and lead with that. 

Related Resources:

Yes, You Can Increase Accountable Leadership: https://www.ccl.org/articles/leading-effectively-articles/yes-you-can-increase-accountability/ 

8 Steps to Becoming More Resilient: https://www.ccl.org/articles/leading-effectively-articles/8-steps-help-become-resilient/ 

Leadership Development: https://www.ccl.org/leadership-challenges/individual-leadership-development-high-potential-employees/ 

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About the Center for Creative Leadership:

Leadership is all we do. But our approach is distinct. We work with you to discover your priorities and customize our unique leadership solutions to best fit your needs. We create leaders who move their worlds. Our innovative solutions are steeped in extensive research and experience gained from tens of thousands of organizations, a million+ leaders at all levels, and leaders in more than 130 countries, across 6 continents. We deliver results that matter – sustained impact for you, your business and the world. www.ccl.org 

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What Solar Energy Can Teach Us About Mindset and Organizational Change

What Solar Energy Can Teach Us About Mindset and Organizational Change

April 13, 2021

Join CCL's Ren Washington and Allison Barr as they investigate what we can learn about how people and organizations react to change by taking a look at the solar energy industry. 

Solar is officially the cheapest energy in history. According to the International Energy Agency, solar is 20-50% cheaper than traditional energy sources. 

As solar becomes a profitable way to save our planet it might seem to be the renewable energy of choice. The statistic “20 to 50 percent cheaper” is actually based on a calculus of companies building solar projects, not something that actually translates for consumers or even solar homeowners. All the same, With the new, lowered cost of capital, solar energy's cost per megawatt has fallen almost completely below both gas and coal worldwide.  

So why aren't we making solar the primary source of energy? As you might imagine, the answer to this is complex and simple, but fortunately for us offers some great insights into why change, both at an individual and organizational level is more difficult than you might think. Let's talk about why, despite its merits, people are resistant adopting to solar energy and lead with that.

Related Resources:

What Senior Executives Told Us About Change-Capable Leadership: https://www.ccl.org/articles/leading-effectively-articles/change-capable-leadership-propel-success/

3 Steps for Successfully Implementing Change in An Organization: https://www.ccl.org/articles/leading-effectively-articles/3-steps-for-implementing-change-in-organizations/ 

Change Leadership: https://www.ccl.org/leadership-challenges/change-leadership/ 

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About the Center for Creative Leadership:

Leadership is all we do. But our approach is distinct. We work with you to discover your priorities and customize our unique leadership solutions to best fit your needs. We create leaders who move their worlds. Our innovative solutions are steeped in extensive research and experience gained from tens of thousands of organizations, a million+ leaders at all levels, and leaders in more than 130 countries, across 6 continents. We deliver results that matter – sustained impact for you, your business and the world. www.ccl.org 

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What GameStop Can Teach Us About Disruption and Culture Change

What GameStop Can Teach Us About Disruption and Culture Change

April 13, 2021

Join CCL's Ren Washington and Allison Barr as they investigate what we can learn about disruption and transformation from the recent short squeeze orchestrated through the internet.

In December, GameStop was trading at a little under $13. At the end of January it was trading at $379 and some change. And at the time of this recording, it is trading at $193. This feels like a lot of disruption. 

What happened with GameStop is raising interesting questions about culture change. Talk about a David Vs. Goliath situation. A group of subredditors took on the Wall Street Establishment an disrupted the way Wall Street does business, at least for a bit. It got us thinking about disruption and its role in behavior change. Is this kind of disruption the key to changing the way work is done?  

From a leadership perspective, is harnessing disruption the missing piece of culture change in the workplace? Let's talk about the lessons we can learn from the GameStop headlines and lead with that.

Related Resources:

Can You Identify Your Organization's Leadership Culture: https://www.ccl.org/articles/leading-effectively-articles/whats-your-leadership-culture/ 

Changing Culture: 5 Principles for Interdependent Leadership: https://www.ccl.org/articles/leading-effectively-articles/changing-culture-5-principles-for-interdependent-leadership/  

Organizational Culture: https://www.ccl.org/leadership-challenges/organizational-culture/ 

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About the Center for Creative Leadership:

Leadership is all we do. But our approach is distinct. We work with you to discover your priorities and customize our unique leadership solutions to best fit your needs. We create leaders who move their worlds. Our innovative solutions are steeped in extensive research and experience gained from tens of thousands of organizations, a million+ leaders at all levels, and leaders in more than 130 countries, across 6 continents. We deliver results that matter – sustained impact for you, your business and the world. https://www.ccl.org/ 

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