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Fix it, Then Continue Leading

In my DEI work with clients, I focus on the importance of Trust, Candor, Humility and Grace. For leaders to be effective and for employees to feel connected and valued within their organizations, these qualities need to become central aspects

Your Silence is Speaking Volumes to Employees

No matter when you read this, something going on in the country or the world today is having a negative impact on your employees. From mass shootings to economic instability to the fear of losing rights once thought permanent… this

Leaders Need Friends

Lessons from a Forty-Year Friendship   It doesn’t have to be lonely at the top. And it shouldn’t be. For leaders to successfully model and coach good interpersonal behavior, they have to engage in it.   That’s not always easy. Numerous studies and

4 Essentials for DEI Success

Most leaders today agree that a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is important to their organization. A mid-2021 Harris Poll, conducted in partnership with Just Capital, found that 94% of large organization employers (500+ employees) say that their organization recently

A Leader’s Guide to Hiring Top Talent

Across all industries and levels, companies are finding it difficult to hire. Various reports show millions more open jobs than there are candidates to fill them, so recruiters are becoming more creative, resilient and enterprising as they seek your next

Your Culture Has Left The Building

5 Keys to Cultivating Culture Anywhere Gift-wrapping a colleague’s cubicle on their birthday. Presenting an official key on the first day of work. Touching a sculpture in the lobby for good luck. These are all examples of office-based traditions that employees –

7 Essential Skills To Boost Your EQ

Everyone knows a manager who excelled at all the technical aspects of their job and was promoted based on that success. But soon comes the realization, either by colleagues or to themselves: what got them here won’t keep them here.

Authenticity in the workplace: what it really means

There’s a lot of chatter about authenticity at work. Some companies place great emphasis on enabling authenticity under the same umbrella as supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts. Some studies show that employees who feel they can be “real”

Listening is a Verb

Employees require more feedback. Constituent demands are greater. Organizations are adapting to new versions of normal. Employees are tackling additional responsibilities. Also, water is wet. Although the circumstances of what is keeping us busy and how we work may change, the

2021 Pride Month

Profiles in Leadership: Pride Month 2021

During Pride month, Benton + Bradford Consulting salutes LGBTQ+ leaders and heroes who have had a significant impact on their communities, on our country, and on the world. Bayard Rustin American civil rights activist Bayard Rustin was a key adviser to

Juneteenth Reflections

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, a Union General rode into Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended, and slaves had been freed.

A Mid-Year Check Up for Leaders

Six months into a year, leaders should recalibrate and identify areas of focus for the second half of the year. Ask yourself these questions so that you can best support your direct reports and organizational priorities, whether you’re managing remote

Profiles in Leadership: AAPI Heritage Month 2021

During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Benton + Bradford Consulting celebrates the accomplishments and influence of leaders within the AAPI community. Their work in a wide variety of areas – including activism, healthcare, technology and art – has

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