“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 Question–Next Connection–Next 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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In a Washington Post online piece in August, a columnist wrote: “You can understand if President Obama would rather talk about the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq, where he has scored some victories, than talk about the unholy mess in Ferguson, Mo.”
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.
The compensation gap between equity partners and nonequity partners at the nation’s largest law firms is growing, according to a new survey research by legal search consultant Major, Lindsey & Africa.
Among similarly situated women and men in professional service firms, are there specific differences in business development behaviors that result in differences in business development outcomes?
The primary aim of our study was to uncover the reasons for the decline in interest, participation and enthusiasm while also developing suggestions for programming that will reinvigorate participation in celebrations in a way that enhances D&I efforts across the organization.
Our research and work in law firms, consulting firms, technology service firms, architecture firms, marketing/advertising firms, etc., consistently shows that success in hiring women into junior positions does not translate into success in advancing them to partnership and leadership.
Exclusion by process (women not being asked to serve on juries even though they were eligible) was deemed to be as detrimental as exclusion by legislation (laws excluding women from being eligible to serve). The court went so far as to say: “It is said, however, that an all-male panel drawn from the various groups within a community will be as truly representative as if women were included.
The research effectively disproves that any of us are “color-blind” or “gender-blind.” We “see” race and gender even when those characteristics are unidentified.
The story of women of color in the legal profession is multi-layered and deeply rooted in the broader societal issues related to racial, ethnic, and gender equality that have existed in the United States since this country’s inception.
Moneyball is one of those rare movies that is about baseball but has nothing to do with baseball. It has to do with thinking differently, challenging the status quo, and understanding that the collective sum of the parts always (seriously, always!) equal more than the simple addition of the parts, even if some of the parts are amazing.
The biggest mistake is believing there is one right way to listen, to talk, to have a conversation -- or a relationship.
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.
There never were in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.
Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.
Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.
Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity.They are the vital process of policy among free men.
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.
Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.
The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.
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.
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.
Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men.
Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.
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.
Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.
Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus or compromise.
Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences.
Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.
Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.
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.
Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
I not only use all the brains that I have, but all I can borrow.
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.
Difference of opinion is helpful in religion.
Controversial' as we all know, is often a euphemism for 'interesting and intelligent.
Diversity creates dimension in the world.
Differences challenge assumptions.
It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.
When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.