Category Archives: Workplace

The Wayfair Walkout’s Reminders: Employees are not Owned or Paid Media, and Their Advocacy is a Two-Way Street

Employee advocacy is a popular topic among executives and communications leaders alike. The increased recognition that employees are a powerful force in shaping conversations about your brand, and ultimately a huge factor in your reputation, has created a wave of initiatives and campaigns designed to unlock the potential of employees as advocates. In many industries, restrictive…

Is It Time to Stop Talking About Millennials in the Workplace?

Every day, we are inundated with news articles, infographicsand studies about Millennials in the workplace, and the challenges of managing them.  Millennials are lazy, entitled, disloyal…or a contrarian view that Millennials are more career-driven, more qualified and in some way better than any generation entering the workforce. Funny, I’ve heard that narrative about the disenfranchised,…

Ode to the Working Mom

I am a Mom.  I wear that label proudly, passionately, and joyfully.  I am also an executive.  I worked hard for that title, and I do that proudly and passionately, too.  It doesn’t make me special. Nor does it make me a bad mother.  There are millions of working Moms.  We aren’t Tiger Women, too…

Who is right:  Marissa Mayer or Sheryl Sandberg?  Leadership Lessons from Working Moms

It isn’t every day that the newly appointed CEO of a mega-company says “My maternity leave will be a few weeks long.  And I will work throughout it.” It’s great to see companies appointing leaders who aren’t middle-aged white males.  And it is great to see a Board of Directors recognize that someone’s vision, talent…

Looking to improve your company’s reputation?  Start with improving your culture

Schadenfreude. That’s what a lot of people experienced earlier this year, when a mid-level equity derivatives trader used the editorial page of The New York Times to announce – quite publicly – his resignation from Goldman Sachs.  In an era of sharp political polarization and growing economic inequality, Goldman is either a lightning rod or…