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Where human capital + business strategy meet

Profiles in Leadership: Women’s History Month 2021

Benton + Bradford Consulting celebrates Women’s History Month by highlighting women who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and determination. Each of them provides inspiration for tomorrow’s leaders to define and develop their own unique strengths. Toni Morrison Toni Morrison is one of the

Feedback That Works: A Leaders’ Guide

Many leaders find delivering feedback challenging and they fail to provide insights that can improve employee performance. But feedback designed to praise accomplishments and prompt positive change is essential to good leadership and to fostering an organizational culture that engages

Black History Month

Profiles in Leadership: Black History Month 2021

At Benton + Bradford Consulting, understanding what is required to be a successful leader is an essential aspect of the work we do with our clients. Our managing partner Richard A. Smith, a Black entrepreneur, executive coach and HR consultant,

Leadership Lessons from Inauguration Day 2021

Like many Americans, I watched the socially distanced Inauguration 2021 festivities with interest. But unlike many Americans, I observed this day unfold through my professional lens, watching for lessons in leadership. Regardless of whether your candidate is now in office, executives

Culture Counts: Where Diversity Grows or Withers

As we’ve seen through multiple studies and in many articles, diversity training alone isn’t enough. What happens outside ofa training module, a workshop or a dialogue about diversity, inclusion and equity? What are managers imparting to their team members about

Why Diversity Matters in Today’s Corporate Culture

Is tension always bad? We tend to think so. But healthy tension can be productive, allowing for conflict and its resolution, challenges and their solutions. Diversity creates healthy tension when it’s managed and supported appropriately allowing for ideas to be shared

What Works in D&I Training?

Every employee has, at some point, sat through a lecture sponsored by his, her or their company. Usually, a speaker of note is engaged to bring awareness to how diversity can help the company achieve its goals and look like

“You’re hired to lead, now what?!”

A recent Harvard Business Review article cited that, “within the first 18 months there is a 50% chance the executive will leave the organization. This failure comes with enormous costs, not only in disruption to the organization but financially, too.

What I Learned in Business

Trust is built over years and destroyed in seconds. Cherish it. Good bosses are like good parents. Appreciate them while you have them because when they are gone you will miss them even more. When leading a sense of purpose is important.