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Research & Insights

“Progress belongs to the Askers; the smarter the question, the lesser the guessing.”― Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

Asking smart and tough questions until we get answers that work is what we do. We know that diversity, inclusion, leadership, unconscious bias, cognitive differences, multiple intelligences, emotional intelligence, and other such human dynamics are complex and constantly changing. We apply the Nextions Next QuestionNext ConnectionNext Action model to design interdisciplinary studies to break down the complexities so that we can help you think smarter and lead better in your workplace.

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Research Studies, Articles & Essays

 

Manterruptions, Bropropriation and Mansplaining: Gender Bias and the Pervasive Interruption of Women

Women have been talking for decades about the realities of consistently being interrupted by men when they speak in the workplace; however, the focus on men interrupting women at work has recently intensified to a point where new vocabulary is deliberately sarcastic, not to disrespect or demean, but to highlight the frustration that the interruptive behavior continues to engender.

Diversity & Inclusion: How and Why Does it Matter?

With no reason to change, change remains an empty word. Late last year, I was making a presentation at a leadership conference about the most recent research on diversity and inclusion when one of the conference attendees raised his hand and asked me to just tell him “how to get this done.” In a frustrated tone, he told me that he didn’t want to hear about research or case studies, he just wanted a quick summary of how he could make his organization more diverse and inclusive.

Creative Maladjustment in a Changing World

As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King, the world often turns to the iconic and inspiring words of Dr. Kinds “I Have A Dream” speech. Yes, this historical speech delivered to hundreds of thousands of people at the March on Washington on August 28, 1963, was a game-changing call to action for a nation in crisis. For me, the lesser-known speech that he delivered to a small crowd at Western Michigan University just a few months later on December 16, 1963, holds the words that most profoundly impact how leaders need to think and lead today.

Name-Calling: Confrontation Fails to Bring Dialogue and Resolution

There is no doubt that adjectives are seen by many as having merely supporting roles in language constructions where nouns are the lead players. However, when it comes to active inclusion, changing particular nouns into adjectives can allow for a change in the way that those nouns, as nouns, just cannot do. This is especially true when we deal with the -ists in our vocabulary when discussing differences.

Written in Black and White: Exploring Confirmation Bias in Racialized Perceptions of Writing Skills

Given our finding in a previous study that supervising lawyers are more likely than not to perceive African American lawyers as having subpar writing skills in comparison to their Caucasian counterparts, we asked if confirmation bias unconsciously causes supervising lawyers to more negatively evaluate legal writing by an African American lawyer.

Think Smarter. Lead Better.

  • Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.

    Malcolm Forbes
  • The biggest mistake is believing there is one right way to listen, to talk, to have a conversation -- or a relationship.

    Deborah Tannen
  • Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity.They are the vital process of policy among free men.

    Herbert Hoover
  • Controversial' as we all know, is often a euphemism for 'interesting and intelligent.

    Kevin Smith
  • Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs.

    Leo Tolstoy
  • Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences.

    Mikhail Gorbachev
  • I not only use all the brains that I have, but all I can borrow.

    Woodrow Wilson
  • Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men.

    Herbert Hoover
  • In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction.

    Audre Lorde
  • Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

    F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Differences challenge assumptions.

    Anne Wilson Schaef
  • One must even beware of too much certainty that the answer to life's problems can only be found in one way and that all must agree to search for light in the same way and cannot find it in any other way.

    Eleanor Roosevelt
  • It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.

    Albert Einstein
  • Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.

    Madame De Stael
  • Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus or compromise.

    James Surowiecki
  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey
  • Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.

    Isaac Asimov
  • The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.

    Albert Einstein
  • Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.

    Walter Lippmann
  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey
  • Diversity creates dimension in the world.

    Elizabeth Ann Lawless
  • To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.

    Tony Robbins
  • Difference of opinion is helpful in religion.

    Thomas Jefferson
  • Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.

    Mahatma Gandhi
  • When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.

    Charles Evan Hughes
  • Wide differences of opinion in matters of religious, political, and social belief must exist if conscience and intellect alike are not to be stunted, if there is to be room for healthy growth.

    Theodore Roosevelt
  • There never were in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.

    Michel de Montaigne
  • America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered.

    Louis D. Brandeis