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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

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

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