"We were having a lovely time – a middle-aged white South African couple and four young black Mauritians sharing stories about our cultures, language, jokes, struggles, history, and day-to-day lives. And all because of food."
"Leaders of good character keep their promises... and treat you as a human being and not as an object."
Anthropologists have long pointed out that our work is the bedrock of our identity. And now we're working in isolation
Unlike my earlier onboarding nightmare, this process involved clear expectations on both sides
Have you ever received the career advice: "just be yourself"? We’re often told to bring our "whole selves" to work, and to be authentic in order to achieve satisfaction, improve productivity, create diverse and inclusive workplaces, and feel happier. Yet most of us would probably admit to being "Great Pretenders" sometimes. I asked my colleagues […]
For all the talk of a "global business environment," it’s still easy to feel wrong-footed when you travel abroad for work. When the extent of the cultural difference is unclear, how do you know what behavior is appropriate and what isn't? Dean Foster has made it his life’s work to smooth out cross-cultural misunderstandings. Because […]
"We find comfort among those who agree with us; growth among those who don’t." - Dr Marty Nemko, U.S. career coach About This Week's Chat A characteristic that I love seeing in other people is self-honesty. However, that places a responsibility on me to be self-honest, too. Otherwise, I compromise my integrity. So, let me […]
Is honesty always the best policy at work? And what does honesty really mean in the workplace? Does honesty mean that you always do the best job that you can for your employer? Does it mean speaking out when you suspect wrongdoing, or to prevent a calamitous mistake? Or does it just mean replacing the […]
"One of our values is that you should be looking out for each other. Everyone should try to make the lives of everyone else who works here a little bit simpler." – Stewart Butterfield, Canadian entrepreneur (co-founder, Flickr and Slack) Hot, Buttered Toast It was very early in the morning, and my first time facilitating […]
When you hear the word "team," do you think of your associates at work? More likely Manchester United, the New York Yankees, or an athletic Olympic team comes to mind. What distinguishes a team from a mere group is that teams share a sense of purpose to which they dedicate profound commitment. This creates a […]