Leadership development programs don't last forever, so you'll need to regularly reassess the content and the context attendees bring with them, writes Bill Treasurer, chief encouragement officer at Giant Leap Consulting. "Some of the most valuable interactions happen in the 'white space' between scheduled parts of the program, so make sure there is some free time where participants can have longer moments for reflection, discussion, and practice," he writes.
Three ways to improve boardroom diversity are by expanding boards, committing to placing at least three women and emphasizing skills and experience rather than title, write Paula Loop and Paul DeNicola of PwC's Governance Insights Center. "With few boards embracing term limits, and the typical mandatory retirement age set at 72 or more, the best way to speed up board refreshment is to expand membership," they write.
A committee can help organizations assess and revise core values with insight from employees, writes Katherine Hutchins, senior manager of talent acquisition and culture at AvePoint. "Ensure your new values are more than just talk by demonstrating what they look like in action," she writes.
Company leaders should educate themselves about the LGBTQ community and be inclusive when it comes to asking employees about gender, executives say. "As LGBTQ people we look for a symbol of some kind that says, 'This is a safe place where you're not going to be discriminated against'," says Michael Bach, CEO of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.
Not all high performers are good candidates for leadership positions, writes Marta Moakley, legal editor at XpertHR. Employers should evaluate efficiencies between succession planning and retention strategies when considering top performers for management roles, Moakley writes.
Reports of domestic violence and workplace conflict are among warning signs employers should look for when considering job candidates, says Kathleen Bonczyk of the Workplace Violence Prevention Institute. Gary Martin, who has killed five co-workers, had been arrested multiple times and had been in prison for attacking a girlfriend.
The AntBot -- a 9-inch robot made by French researchers -- can find its way home by using similar sensory models that desert ants have, such as UV light patterns and optic flow. This means that the six-legged robot is able to successfully navigate terrain without the use of GPS.
It's easier to have a healthy attitude about work if we accept it's integral to supporting our personal interests, causes and loved ones, writes sociologist Tracy Brower. Accepting that different periods of life will tip the balance one way or the other lifts the pressure of thinking we have to maintain constant equilibrium.
People like to do business with someone who expresses humility about their success, optimism about the future and a sincere interest in others, writes Brad Gibson of event marketing firm Active Production and Design. It's OK to get somewhat personal, because conversations are more memorable if a shared interest outside of work is established.
More people are receiving a salary higher than the one first offered, a study finds, because they understand their worth in a tight labor market, writes Maurie Backman. Back-and-forth is expected, so aim high with your counter but not so much you risk losing the offer.