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12/12/2017

An MSCI report has found that only seven of its more than 2,500 indexed companies have more women than men on their boards, although four of these companies outperformed industry peers this year. On the other hand, most of the MSCI companies without any women on their boards failed to outperform peers or the MSCI All Country World Index.

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Bloomberg Gadfly
12/12/2017

Forwardship is the process of preparing a business for market changes and technological advances, and acting toward innovation without being stopped by fear, write Vip Vyas, Diego Nannicini and David Sherman of Distinctive Performance. When business failures are retroactively described as surprising, they argue, there is usually a trail of leadership inaction.

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Vip Vyas, David Sherman
12/12/2017

Murmuring an "um" or "mm-hmm" in conversation can show that we're paying attention -- thinking about what to say or processing what is being said to us, says linguistics professor N.J. Enfield. "When it comes to little words, I produce 'um' and 'uh' as a signal to you that I know I should be speaking right now," Enfield says.

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The Atlantic online
12/12/2017

Organizations need a "mega transformative purpose," something that is more potent than the typical mission or vision statement, writes Idris Mootee. This purpose should identify a bigger reason for a company's existence, one that motivates its staff to get up in the morning.

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Idris Mootee
12/12/2017

Leadership today often involves pushing people to act more quickly than they might otherwise, says Amanda Hill, chief marketing officer for the A&E network. "The hardest thing we have to manage as leaders is enabling our team to be brilliant, in inspiring them to excellence whilst equally delivering, more now than ever, a lot of change and at a speed that is outside of most people's comfort zone," she says.

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Amanda Hill
12/12/2017

A study in Science says humans likely began migrating from Africa as early as 120,000 years ago. "Indeed, what we are seeing in the behavioral record is that the spread of so-called modern human behaviors did not occur in a simple time-transgressive process from west to east," said study co-author Christopher Bae of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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Quartz
12/12/2017

A plastic surgery clinic in suburban Atlanta has agreed to pay a $10,000 civil penalty and $25,000 in compensation to a woman the clinic refused to schedule an appointment for after she revealed she had HIV. The clinic also agreed to provide anti-discrimination training to employees and to issue policies clarifying that it does not discriminate against people with HIV or AIDS.

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AIDS
12/11/2017

Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook tells TV creator and showrunner Shonda Rhimes that corporate culture can only overcome problems with sexual harassment and inequality when women have more power. "We know that organizations that think their system is meritocratic and people who think they are meritocratic often have the worst results because they don't correct," Sandberg says.

12/11/2017

Being of service is a mindset in which you look to make your co-worker's day better through acts of listening and kindness, notes John Baldoni in this blog post and video. Crucial to taking this action is knowing both your organizational role and that of your co-worker.

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John Baldoni
12/11/2017

Proposed tax changes could discourage small employers from offering 401(k) plans, as they would gain a tax advantage by dropping them, the American Retirement Association says. The organization wants the public to alert lawmakers about the situation, saying an estimated 24 million workers could lose 401(k) access if the "pass-through" tax rate proposal is not modified.