Category: Training and OD

Workplace Taboo Part IV – Race and Ethnicity

The mere mentioning of a name that implies ethnicity can prompt stereotypical responses. A classic experiment reported in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology sent email messages to landlords advertising apartment vacancies in Los Angeles County over a ten-week period. Names that implied Arabic, African American, or White ethnicity were attached randomly to these messages …

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Learned From the Cave Walls at Donoterase

The Pretender TV series ran from 1996 to 2000 and was viewed by critics and viewers as good science fiction. It enjoyed above average ratings as it also enlisted a few die-hard cult followers that are still clamoring for its return. Appealing to the audience for good-guys always overcoming an evil corporate giant, it was …

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Rewarding Bad Behavior

People-watching gives us a peek into the thoughts of an individual by their actions. Watching groups of people as they interact with each other gives us clues to the culture they are creating among themselves. I have learned to be very cautious about applying the lessons learned in parenting and training pets as a somewhat …

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

The Brothers Grimm, Walt Disney and the Glass Association of North America would have you believe that mirrors never lie. That is probably true to a certain extent. As we learned from the first attempt to get deep space photos from the Hubble Space Telescope, sometimes a mirror can have hidden flaws that must be corrected …

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Nimbility

The word “nimbility” is not in the dictionary. I know because I invented it 15 years ago in a presentation to a client about how to become more nimble in their ability to hire the best talent. A Google search today will find that other people are using that term, but I probably can’t cry …

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