December 2015 Newsletter

Adam Grant on the Kind of Giving That Gets You Ahead

Grant, AdamBeing Masters-of-the-Universe-ruthless is so last century. Now, most of us know that nice guys (and gals) do come in first, more so than cutthroats, thanks to Adam Grant’s New York Times bestseller Give and Take. And soon, with the February release of his new book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, we’ll stop suppressing our maverick sides, too. Here, the Wharton professor talks about the kind of giving that gets you ahead, good karma and the best office holiday gifts. Read More

Mallika Chopra on the Power of Asking Yourself Questions

Mallika ChopraWhen life feels out of balance or lacking in meaning, Mallika Chopra advises asking yourself the two questions her father taught her to ask: Who am I? And what do I want? “It’s the first step toward reconnecting with your authentic self and trusting your intuition,” says Chopra, author of Living with Intent.  “This is what I call the incubation phase.” Read More

Gloria Steinem’s 100 Words of Inspiration

Steinem, GloriaDon’t tell Gloria Steinem that part of the reason for the pay gap is that women don’t negotiate. “That’s utter bulls***,” says the activist and author most recently of My Life on the Road. “It’s true that we should insist more than we do. But the reason we don’t insist is because inequality has been normalized.” Rather than blaming ourselves, we should be blaming the system—and sharing salary information and strategizing together, she adds.

Feeling stirred to create change? Here, Steinem’s words of encouragement to help you take on the pay gap, another cause important to you or an enduring dream: Read More

Making Design for Social Good Possible

Krista DonaldsonBy Heather J. Wilson, Dell Corporate Social Responsibility

Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space. That is who social good engineer Krista Donaldson immediately thinks of when asked who inspired her in her youth. There are others, she says, “but Sally was the real deal to me.”

Donaldson laughs when I bring up the idea that she herself is an inspiration to others—but she does agree that the growing revolution of product design for social impact is inspiring. Read More

Management Moves: Real Leaders Reveal How They Advanced

stock-women-shaking-handsDiversity and inclusion make a company stronger. Liberty Mutual Insurance is proof of that. At the launch of our Women and Allies Employee Resource Group ([email protected]), which focuses on advancing women and engaging men in the process to enhance their mutual success, we invited employees to share their personal career journeys, lessons learned and key moments from their professional lives. Here, four inspiring stories: Read More

Filling in Some ‘Blanks’ after Candy Chang’s Talk

Susanne KernsRepublished by permission of Susanne Kerns

Today is my birthday. I had planned on spoiling myself with a spa day, but instead I decided to spoil myself with time to write, which these days is truly a rare treat.  I typically try to stick to humor, but I hope you won’t be too scared off by a more serious post today.

You may or may not have noticed that I’ve been off the blogging and writing radar since this summer. Every day, I promise myself that “today will be the day I sit down and write.” I have an idea-list two pages long, which is coincidentally as long as my list of excuses for why I haven’t been writing, but really, it comes down to two main things. Read More

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