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Google Controversy Highlights Challenge of Building Community(0)

August 8, 2017

When a Google engineer recently wrote and distributed company-wide a memo about women in technology, intense controversy followed. Columnist Gael O’Brien says situations like the one at Google should prompt more companies to ask some critical questions: What does community mean for us? What do we want it to look like and why? What will enable our efforts to be successful and sustainable?

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Is There a Better Way To Be a Boss?

A recent Gallup survey found that only 21% of employees surveyed say they are managed in a way that motivates them to do outstanding work. Columnist Gael O’Brien says that’s why there’s need to re-innovate the old maxim that “employees are our most important asset.” She takes a look at two new books which offer ideas and execution strategies that “stand a good chance of inspiring people to do their best work.”

Women and Workplace Respect: The Challenge for Corporate Leaders

How do we achieve a better working world that is more inclusive and gender equal? Columnist Gael O’Brien says the answer is ultimately connected to how respect shows up in a company’s culture: “Without the cornerstones of respect and safety – integral to leadership responsibility – progress toward a better working world will be two steps forward and five back.”

One Man’s Leadership Toward a Goal: ‘The Great Mission of Business Ethics’

Columnist Gael O’Brien examines the achievements and contributions of a man – W. Michael Hoffman (pictured left) – and the Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University, which he founded 40 years ago. “Legacy goes beyond a name on a building,” O’Brien writes. “It’s the sustained passion that connects with and energizes the passion of others sharing a mission.”


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