Anatomy of … a Succession Plan
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by Cathy Krizik
3w ago
Who’s Next? Making sure you have a pipeline of diverse talent who will be ready to replace your current leaders when they retire or leave for new roles sets up your organization for future success. Here’s what you need to create a succession plan that works. A comprehensive strategy. Identify key leadership roles and other positions your organization would have a hard time filling if they were to open up. Also note high-ranking employees who are nearing retirement age or voicing plans to retire. A diverse list of succession candidates. Start identifying employees within the organiza ..read more
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Holding on to Your Talent
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by Cathy Krizik
3w ago
The pandemic has prompted many professional Black women to consider trying their hand at entrepreneurship, but companies have the power to keep their top talent from jumping ship. Although 56 percent of Black women who left Corporate America to start a business did so because they realized they could turn a hobby into a profitable business, others sought out entrepreneurship because they were unhappy with their job, according to a LinkedIn survey of 1,001 Black entrepreneurs between January 21 and February 1, 2022: • 56 percent of Black female entrepreneurs wanted more flexibility and con ..read more
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Corporate Life Post-pandemic
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by Cathy Krizik
3w ago
Return-to-Work Models Reflect Different Approaches As companies continue to reopen their offices, there’s no clear consensus on whether an on-site or remote workforce is the key to success. Many companies are trying to figure it out by offering a hybrid model, which blends the two. While 60 percent of managers believe that a full-time return-to-the-office mandate is down the road, according to one 2022 study, the competitive job market has many leaders worried about losing top talent if employees aren’t allowed to work remotely. Here’s how some organizations are forging ahead in the new normal ..read more
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Should Everyone Adopt Gender Pronouns?
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by Cathy Krizik
1M ago
  Dear DW, I am a cisgender woman. Should I add “she/her” to the signature in my email? Signed, Want to Be an Ally Dear Ally, Specifying gender pronouns as a cisgender woman sends a signal of inclusivity, says Nancy J. Geenan, chief executive officer of Flexability, a workplace equity and inclusion firm based in Emeryville, California. It lets other employees, customers, and prospective customers know that you’re thinking beyond yourself and you care about equity in the workplace. To a member of the LGBTQ community, it “shows that they matter, and that they can belong here at this company ..read more
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Young Entrepreneur: Victoria Wilson
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by Cathy Krizik
1M ago
Getting fired was one of the best things to happen to Victoria Wilson. When her first job out of college in marketing and communications unexpectedly ended on a sour note, the 30-year-old from Atlanta embarked on a journey of self-exploration. “I worked in event production. I worked in operations for an e-commerce brand. I even started my own digital consulting agency, freelancing with different small businesses,” she says. That led her to take a job as a project manager at The Taproom, a firm that helped online retailers maximize their presence on the shopping platform Shopify. A rising ..read more
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Shortcuts: Productivity Apps
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by Cathy Krizik
1M ago
Want to work smarter? These apps may help you find more minutes in the day. The post Shortcuts: Productivity Apps first appeared on Diversity Woman ..read more
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Be Prepared. 
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by Cathy Krizik
1M ago
As climate change has dramatically accelerated the threat of natural disasters, we all need to take steps to increase the odds that our families and homes are safe By Kylie Ora Lobell On October 8, 2017, a major wind event started the North Bay wildfires in Northern California. The 250 wildfires burned over 245,000 acres, forcing 100,000 people to evacuate. According to California’s Statewide Fire Summary, the fires destroyed 8,900 structures and killed 43 people. When the fires first arrived, Shannon Kelley was at home with her newborn daughter and her husband, a firefighter. I ..read more
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Shades of 1977–What the Heck Is Inflation?
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by Cathy Krizik
1M ago
Here’s what you need to know By Sheryl Nance-Nash There hasn’t been this much buzz about inflation since the 1980s. When the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in June that inflation was 9.1 percent, that was its highest level since the 12-month period ending December 1981, when it was 8.9 percent, as measured by the Consumer Price Index. Inflation is a general increase in the prices of goods and services in an economy. When the general price level rises, each unit of currency buys fewer goods and services; consequently, inflation results in the reduction of money’s purchasing ..read more
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Soaring into the [Uncertain] Future
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by Cathy Krizik
1M ago
Business travel is slowly heading toward pre-pandemic levels. But for some, the cost savings in video meetings may lead to a new normal. By Sara J. Welch Leslie Shannon, the Silicon Valley–based head of ecosystem and trend scouting for Nokia, has visited 70 countries for business. Until the COVID-19 pandemic shut the world down, she spent upward of 13 weeks a year on the road meeting with C-suite executives of telephone companies across the globe to discuss emerging mobile technologies and what those companies would need to do to support them. Her on-the-road practice stopped completely in Mar ..read more
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Growth mindset: Investing in Mentoring
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by Cathy Krizik
1M ago
Organizational change requires intentionality. by Natalie Holder Mentoring can be a game changer for anyone set on success. The key is to find mentors who create a relationship built on trust with their mentees. These are the people who will give you the “beyond the brochure” view of your organization and help you navigate its culture like a champ. However, mentors—those with a natural affinity that encourages potential mentees to gravitate to them—are often controlled by emotion and unconscious bias. According to research conducted by the Center for Talent Innovation in 2019, 71 percent of me ..read more
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